While honeymoon lingerie is nice, post-baby lingerie is even better. This little known fact is the reason that my mom and sisters threw me a surprise post-partum lingerie shower last weekend. This is also the reason that I am sitting up at 5:30 in the morning working on my blog instead of last night when I (the perpetual scheduler) had planned on doing it. I was (ahem) otherwise occupied.
Now, for those of you who are wondering what exactly a post-partum lingerie shower is, let me fill you in. We had strawberry cake and toasted Joey with champagne flutes full of sparkling cider. My sister won a prize because she knew that my favorite dessert is tiramisu and my favorite thing about my husband is the fact that he’s a peacemaker. I received a pink negligee that had been carefully selected to hide even the smallest stretch mark and a pair of turquoise boy shorts that are high cut enough to cover my c-section scar. We laughed. We cried. We gushed about how much we missed Joey even though we had only been gone for an hour and he was just down the street at home with his Daddy. What was most likely my mom’s ploy to get another grandchild turned out to be a wonderful renewal in our post-baby marriage.
I think any new mom can agree that sex isn’t exactly a priority with a newborn on your hip and bags under your eyes. In the months since I had Joey, I’ve felt anything but sexy. Those post-baby pounds and leaky breasts only compound the fact that the moment my head hits the pillow, I’m sound asleep. I admit, I’ve gotten a bit lazy about the whole sex thing, and my husband (the aforementioned peacemaker) is patient enough to give me my space and wait it out.
But now, armed with very forgiving lingerie and a new outlook, I’m ready to take back my sex life. I’m ready to forget about those silly post-pregnancy pounds and the fact that I haven’t gotten a full night’s sleep in six months. I’m ready to laugh with my husband, to again share in the wonderful intimacy that seems to erase all of our worries and doubts. I’m ready. Who knows, maybe my mom will get her wish of another grandchild sooner than we thought.