Name: Alexis Barad-Cutler
Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights
Occupation: Children’s book author, writer, co-founder of Brunch With My Baby. She also writes about motherhood and pregnancy at iampregrs.tumblr.com
Baby’s Sex: Your guess is as good as mine. (It will be a surprise!)
How would you describe your pregnant style?
Depending on what my day entails, I’m either sexy casual or girlie — but with a little edge thrown in. On days when I don’t go any further than the cafe down the street (where I do my writing), I live in stretch pants, boots, and oversized sweaters that fall off the shoulder, or button-downs. Even with my casual looks, I try to make a little effort, so no matter what I’m wearing, I always put a little makeup on and do something with my hair like a side bun. On days when I have to go into the city for a meeting, an appointment, or to meet a friend, I like to wear a dress that shows off my bump and pair it with a men’s style or rocker kind of boot; or wear skinny jeans (maternity ones) with a tight long sleeve, and an oversized cardigan that’s made with an interesting weave or material.
Have you had any challenges learning to dress your body during this pregnancy?
I felt like the day I found I was pregnant (at five weeks), I was already sporting a belly. I felt horrible in my regular clothes — all those cute skinny jeans just accentuated all the wrong things. The bellaband helped for about a day. My last pregnancy, I didn’t have to wear maternity pants until about four or five months. This pregnancy, I feel like I’ve been wearing them since Day One. For the most part, though, I didn’t sweat it too much. It is a time when you can’t really control much when it comes to your body, so the best you can do is relax and accept it. Another challenge was that my last pregnancy was in the summer so I couldn’t use any of my clothes from then, this time. It felt like there was more flexibility in non-maternity styles with summer clothing than with winter. This pregnancy I have had to commit to buying more maternity wear than I would have liked.
So far, what has surprised you most during your pregnancy?
The exhaustion and the nausea! I was tired with my last pregnancy, but that was nothing compared to this. My last pregnancy, I didn’t have another human being to chase around (plus I was basically writing all day), so I was able to rest and take naps when I wanted or stay home so I could be close to a toilet. Now, even if I have childcare, I don’t want to waste it resting. I’ve got stuff to do! I’ve made peace with the fact that sometimes I will have to vomit in a Le Pain Quotidien bathroom. I didn’t think I would be this tired or sick this far into my pregnancy.
What’s been your favorite pregnancy piece or brand to show off your bump?
I’ve had a lot of luck this go-round with Free People. The long, flowey, layered BoHo look is pretty accommodating to my growing bump. Plus, the materials are so soft, that even when I don’t feel like putting a lot of effort into my outfit, I can grab one of my cute Free People dresses or T’s and feel comfortable and stylish. I tend to not wear a lot of tight clothes during the day because I’m either writing or playing with my toddler son, so I need clothes that allow me to move. Asos has been really good to me, too.
What NYC experience are you most looking forward to sharing with your baby?
I cannot wait to take the baby to Jane’s Carousel (it is my son’s favorite place in the world), and to museums. Julien and I logged a lot of museum time when he was under a year old (and could tolerate sitting in a stroller for long stretches), so I hope do to that again with this little one. I also am excited to take the baby to my favorite restaurants in SoHo and the West Village for lunch, as that was another one of my favorite things to do with Julien when he was really little — and a big part of how the website Brunch With My Baby came to be!