What I Wore Sunday

20 January 2013

1. peace
2. serenity
3. and grace (sans super cooperative clutter)

Photograph number two is pretty much exactly what Mass looks like these days (and by days I mean Sunday ... daily Mass will have to wait until the year 2029, at least). Sebastian being terrible in between flashes of pretend happy, Julia nervously chewing on her nails in between telling me that she is ready to eat doughnuts, and Theo just quietly swimming in his clothes and donning the skin tone of an angry raisin. (And I wonder why someone very seriously asked if he was my "birth child"/adopted last night? Yes, my brow is still furrowed.)

Moving onward and forever upward ... this outfit (minus the shoes) is brought to you entirely by the years 2007 and 2008 and I'm guessing it probably stopped being even remotely cool somewhere around then as well. Nothing like dressing the postpartum body to make you reallllllllllly miss dressing the hugely pregnant body. The khaki jeans aren't (shockingly) Mudd or JNCO but these photos just may have convinced me to never let them see the light of public again.

school uniform:
assuming
that
you'd
rather
not
know

kids' Mass behavior:
Julia: A-
Sebastian: D+ (I think next week we'll just bring him in his car seat and keep him restrained in the aisle ... or hire a prison guard to babysit him at home)
Theo: A+

Linking up with Fine Linen and Purple ... you know the drill by now.

47 comments:

  1. We have a very active 2 year old and have been struggling with Mass behavior for almost his entire life. I don't pretend to have a perfect answer, but your carseat idea isn't totally awful! The only thing we've found that works at all is to bring him and make him sit in the stroller all through Mass. He might get frustrated about being contained, but then we just roll him out and avoid the running around/hiding under pews/etc. So hard for the little guys.

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  2. I think your outfit is cute! Props to Theo for the A+... setting the bar high early on, I see.

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  3. There's nothing worse than postpartum dressing. But you look great! It's crazy. And little floppy Theo is adorable!

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  4. yes. every day i'm like, "can my body just be pregnant again (minus an actual baby that has to emerge)because THIS isn't working" as i stare into the closet/mirror.

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  5. Postpartum days are horrible BUT you look great! Obvs the adopted question is because you look so amazing you couldn't possibly have just birthed him?!

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  6. I thought you looked really cute! Especially minus the tantruming toddler appendage! Maybe I'm still living in 2007...?! And I hate to burst your bubble on the Mass behavior, but I had to punish my 8 YEAR OLD when we got home today because of bad Mass behavior. I think it's built into the Y chromosome.

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  7. I recently lost my faith. I am starting to blog about my experiences and thoughts at http://catholicismontherocks.blogspot.com/

    I have been a devout Catholic, Theology Degree from Steubenville, 5 kids, homeschool, Mass, etc....

    I would be interested in others point of view.

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  8. That was always my favorite way of carrying my newborns, kinda like a whimsical trench. Julia looks like she is interceding for Sebastian to his guardian angel, and you look very smart!

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  9. The reason that woman thought maybe Theo was adopted is because you look WAY TO AMAZINGLY AWESOME TO HAVE BIRTHED A BABY LO ONLY 3 SHORT WEEKS AGO OHMYGOSH YOU LOOK SO GOOD!

    Please note- almost 7 months postpartum and I have just baaaaaaaaaarely squeezed into these pants (enormous muffin-top and all.

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    1. 7 months postpartum to your FIFTH baby! Ahem.

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  10. If that outfit is out of style, then I need to crawl under a rock. You look great clothes and all! I love little bean-bag Theo :)

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  11. I love this look! The kids look so cute too. Really like that you included their clothes because they are always dressed so fashionable. You should have a kid clothing feature type post on your blog too! So fun!

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  12. I think that you're working the JNCO.

    Also, I know it must've really perturbed you when someone asked you if Theo was your "birth child"- but at least it made me laugh? Okay... not consoled, I'm guessing.

    I had a moment with a friend a couple years ago... she's fairer than I am, but her husband and I look very similar. We were out for lunch w/ her baby in tow, and an old lady came up to me to ask if she could hold my baby, even though said friend was carrying the car seat (with baby in it). Oooooooh 'kay. At least I could assume she had dementia.

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  13. Yes Grace. You are the beautiful post-pregnant perfection we all love to hate. ;) Share your secrets. Cute as always.

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  14. You look adorable, school uniform and all. Theo will join the blond-haired, chubby cheeked ranks of the other two jr Pattons before long. No rush, little raisin man. :)

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  15. Ha! Hi :) I connected to your blog via someone at sometime. I have an almost-two year old, a six month old, and I am cooking another. At the end of Mass, my husband and I always give them letter grades (as though they know what that means!). My 20 month old has never received higher than a c +!
    Have a great week.

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  16. I wear this outfit combo at least once a week-it's classic! (or so I tell myself)

    Adorable littles around your knees as usual. I'm savoring the last few weeks (months?) of baby John being non-mobile.

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  17. Way to go on the A+ Theo!!!
    Plus, you look great! 2007 or not, I'm diggin it!

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  18. I love your outfit! Since I am not shopping for all of 2013 (my New Years resolution!) I am bringing back the oldies as well! I am scared at what I actually purchased back then...

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  19. "skin tone of an angry raisin" HAHAHAHA!!! I always laugh all the way through your posts.

    The outfit is still very stylish but the fact that you are wearing non-maternity jeans three weeks after the birth of your third baby is just a tad bit annoying...

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  20. my first thought when i saw photo numero one was "omg i want those pants" .. seriously. i don't even remember anything else about the rest of the pictures and i was a lot disappointed that you didn't share where you got them!! seriously. love. and if you're serious about never wearing them again, send them to nj.

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  21. I agree with Dwija. You do not look like you just birthed a baby!! I also loved the pants. Loved them. :))

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  22. first - Can I just say you look really fantastic...will you actually hear me...well I will say it again...you look great and you just had a baby. My "baby" is 20 years old and I weigh what I did when I gave BIRTH to her. SO take it one day at a time.

    second - LOVE the plaid wether you wear it or Bahser does...Love it!

    third - I wish I loved closer because I would gladly watch your sweet ones so you could go to Mass in peace and quiet for once. Well a girl can dream...

    I hope your week improves...

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    1. Ha! You made me laugh! Can I consider myself postpartum if I still wear my "fourth trimester" yoga pants while my youngest is currently learning to ride a two-wheeler?

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  23. i LOOOOVE your pants! Please, where from!? And you look amazing, the kids look amazing and I squealed at Theo's cuteness that is in his footie outfit. I need your whole closet and to learn how to dress, obviously. Love the simplicity and classiness of your outfit. Ok...I think I'm done, now. :)

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    1. WAIT. how could I forget that adorable beanie?

      Ok - officially done.

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  24. I think you look really great! I love how those pants look on you!

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  25. I like your outfit! I think pants like that are timeless. I'd forgotten about JNCO, but that might be a good thing -and your pants were not what reminded me! I agree with Dwija, wouldn't be pinning you as 3 wks pp. Way to go, mama! Happy Sunday!

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  26. You look so cute, as usual. Really, when I saw your pants, I thought how I had some like that and so wished I hadn't given them away. Money is too tight to buy new ones now! I will never obey that "If you haven't worn it in a year..." rule again!

    And Theo is so so so cute. He reminds me so much of my oldest son when he was a newborn. Oh, and about keeping Sebastian buckled in -- I am not above it. We started going to mass in a school with a ground-level entry and folding chairs, so we could just wheel #3 aka "the disrupter" in without ever taking him out of his stroller. We did that for about three years. And I let him eat cheerios. I know, I know. But we went to mass, and that is what mattered. Right?

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  27. I still want to borrow Julia! Gah, she is so adorable! And you are and look amazing! You are recovering mucho faster than I did the third time around.

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    1. Wow, borrow sounds creepy. By borrow I mean play date with Tagg of course. :P

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  28. Ha!! I had completely forgotten about JNCO! I like the pants though. Plus, you have to give that person some credit. He/she probably thought: "Oh, I bet she gets the 3-under-3-you-must-be-so-busy, so I'll go ahead and change it up a bit for her. Because annoying questions (that are none of my business) is EXACTLY what she might need"

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  29. Julia looks so worried about something. I bet it was the playoffs making her nervous. You look superb and Theo looks maybe a little fatter? :)

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  30. Hannabert got a generous F last week so we skipped this week. You look great! I also dream of donuts during mass. As far as Theo, whenever my Indian friend was holding my child that is a near perfect poster child for the Ayran nation (lucky brown eyes) , she routinely completmented on her son and asked ask typical questions you would ask kind a mom. ...

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  31. Hahahaha Totally forgot about JNCO, but definitely use to rock it and Mudd!! I think you look great

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  32. Gosh...how quickly Basher went from being the favorite child to a hellion! Lol! We are running into the exact same thing with our little angel/demon...she hit 14 months and can climb exactly everything in the house. We have only had to call poison control once though so I feel pretty lucky! You look AMAZING!

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  33. I think the pants look great actually! Makes you have legs for days!

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  34. Tell me about that plaid shirt! Love it, and you look amazingly put-together for just having had a baby and for having peanuts whom you think need a restraining order =)

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  36. G - I think the reason someone asked if Fee-oh was adopted was because you look too ridiculously good to be 3 weeks post-partum. Like, to quote my nephew, "amaze-balls!" On top of how great you look, you're back to kid-wrangling as a nearly-single-parent like a pro. (I say nearly-single-parent because I'm in residency myself, and I can't even keep plants alive. While I can tell that Simon is a fantastic dad, there's no way he has enough time to split the work.) And please keep those pants - they make your legs look great, and about a million feet long. Thanks for keeping me entertained - your blog is one of my daily faves.

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    1. That's what I was thinking too -- you look too dern skinny to have a brand new baby!
      Nancy

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  37. I like your outfit! But I may be out of style. I agree with the above post...even though inappropriate stranger comments are overly annoying, they only said that because there is no way you just had a baby! At least you don't have the opposite problem. My sister in law was a month PP on a solo grocery trip and a lady at the store asked her when her baby was due.

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  38. I really think the pants look great...that is a flattering style and I think it always looks good...better than the skinny pants that EVERYONE wears!

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  39. I like your trousers. They're nice. I had to laugh at the JNCO comment but I promise they don't look like that. I'd guess Banana Republic.

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  40. well, i guess now that everyone loves your pants they won't be mailed to me! should have told you they looked terrible, lol. :)

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  41. I was about to say that I loved your pants! Much more flattering than Mudd flares or JNCO jeans, even though the foot-less look was so "in" back in the day. UGH.

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