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Obviously, the best gift when you become a mother is the bundle
of joy you bring home from the hospital. But that doesn't mean that
an extra token of appreciation by family, friends or your
significant other would go unnoticed. Quite the contrary. I find
Mother's Day yet another opportunity to pick out a nice little
token of appreciation for the 24/7/364 (hopefully you get to take
Mother's Day off) job of motherhood.
Six years into this role, my Mother's Day experiences have
varied from great (brunch at the Peninsula!) to dreary (attending
my brother's law school graduation with a sick toddler in tow). But
one thing has remained the same: I always get a great trinket.
Which is why I'm telling all new mothers reading this issue not
to forgo the gift! Especially if you've just triumphed through the
drama of labor and delivery. The time is yours.
Here are some of my favorite gift ideas for new moms.
I hadn't worn letters of any kind since I had my name emblazoned
on my high school varsity jacket, but after having my first son, it
seemed like the right time to revive the trend. About five months
along into the pregnancy I spotted a new mom wearing simple initial
discs on a thin chain around her neck and I immediately said: I
MUST HAVE THOSE. Understated but commemorative, the ones from Helen
Ficalora are my favorite. 2014 N. Halsted St., Chicago. (773)
The key to good mothering is having a good diaper bag. I'm
kidding. The key to good mothering is having a stylish and
functional diaper bag. Thank goodness for local designer Mia Bossi,
who has created a line of indulgent and gorgeous diaper bags made
of the finest quality Italian leathers and fabrics to fit every
need. Check out the Maria in Chocolate or the Emma in Tangerine.
(877) 642-2670. miabossi.com
Forget the stressing about breastfeeding and sleep-training. One
of the most stressful decisions you'll have to make as a new mom is
what to wear home from the hospital. Because not only will you want
to be as comfortable as possible after delivery, but every flipping
family member will be taking a photo of you holding your newborn.
You don't want to make the same mistake I did (read:
pea-soup-colored velour track suit from Target). Try some of the
gear from Splits 59. Its Supima cotton wraps cover your post-partum
belly and the pants have plush elastic that will shrink back as
your body does. Also sold at The Dailey Method, 1714 N. Damen Ave.
Some of you would bypass the gift for a little R&R. For
those looking for an experience to last a lifetime, I'd suggest
trying out a silk peel facial. Your skin will be treated to the
gift of a lifetime, scraping away those dull skin cells that can
build up after nine months of hormonal changes. It's naptime with a
purpose. 1455 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd Floor, Chicago. (773)
Sara Fisher is a mother of two living in Roscoe Village. She also blogs at selfmademom.net.
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