From Fly Girl To. . .Mom

We were not trying to get pregnant but we definitely weren’t trying not to get pregnant either. 
Before my son I would get up and run a steamy shower. Standing under the flow of near scalding hot water I would take a deep breath, let the water gently beat down on my face and chest to allow it to wake and relax me in preparation for a new day. Freshly showered and wrapped in a towel I’d stand in my brightly lit vanity mirror, put in my clear contacts, paint some beautiful earth-tone shadows on my eyelids, extend my lashes, gloss my lips and take all the time I’d need to make sure my afro looked perfect. Finally, I’d put on a nice  pencil skirt with a fitted top and some killer heels…My favorite was a red, high-waisted skirt that hugged every curve on my size 0 frame (don’t think being a size 0 means an absence of curves!) I’d wear it with a ruffled black top that was cut just low enough to entice the boys, and top it off with some 4 inch, peep toe leopard print stilettos. Even all through my pregnancy I wore my stiletto and wedge heels . . . I was a HOTT pregnant chic!   After hours, you would have probably found me sitting Indian style in a big leather chair, seated in the window at my favorite Starbucks with my MacBook for editing photos, an IPod for rocking out and/or a journal for releasing. Just before getting pregnant, I had a brush cut that I dyed red. I got two piercings: my nose and the other–a hood piercing. I was sexy and confident. But,  somewhere I lost that.  Somewhere between waking up every 2-3 hours to nurse my son and trying to salvage what few minutes of sleep I could I lost the Fly Girl in me. I gave her over to the sleep deprived mommy in me. I forsook her for a few fleeting moments of rest.  But does it have to be that way? Can’t I be a Fly Girl and a mommy? A Fly mommy??!! These days, I just lack the energy to put much effort into what I’m wearing.
Today. . . I get up, jump in the shower, nurse my son, put on my glasses, skip the makeup and put on something that’s hardly worth looking at.  I got my pre-pregnancy body back. I’m a size 0 again but I am definitely not my fly pre- pregnancy self. I feel like there’s only a shell left.  I don’t remember the last time I looked at myself and felt pretty, not to mention fierce or sexy. I remember my last attempt.  I skinny jean-ed and pump-ed it up but still felt flat. Clearly, it didn’t work. My nose and hood piercings have closed.  The stilettos I once wore have been replaced by flats. Fitted skirts replaced by shapeless, floor length dresses—cute maxi dresses–but shapeless none the less. Exhausted from the restless night before, I drag myself out of bed for work every day and fight to stay awake. After hours these days you’re most likely to find me at home in a t-shirt and some sweats sitting on the floor or on the couch playing with my son.  I try to turn back the hands of time and be the woman that first drew Brian in. Flats?! Hardly. I was always in some skinny jeans, leggings, short skirt or something fly. I remember he’d get to the car or to where I was sitting and look at me with this mischievous grin on his face. . . I loved it! Joan Morgan writes in her book, “When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost”, of how much of a total drag it would be to not have a man “roam his eyes longingly over all the intended places.” Brian did that, and I ate up every second. It felt good to know the man I desired had a desire for me, as well. I hardly ever get that look anymore. I mean, he’s good at telling me I’m pretty, and that he thinks I’m amazing but I have a hard time feeling that way.
Recently, I stood with my head resting on his chest and cried. He didn’t realize I was crying until he lifted my face to kiss me. He asked what was wrong and I explained that I feel like an old maid. I never hang out with my friends anymore. I never get dressed up anymore and I never really go anywhere without my son. The only constant is that I’m almost always sure I don’t have plans to party or do anything recreational on any given weekend.  I’m 31!!  That’s far too young to be an old maid!!
You should know I definitely enjoy my son. There is nothing greater than the joy of seeing his smiling face and watching him grow!  I love being a mother.  But, I am also a woman trying to salvage her individuality and not allow being a mommy to overshadow my dreams, aspirations or hobbies.
I know that my tale is no different than any other mother that has a small child,  but this is hard for me–this transition from fly to mom. I haven’t quite yet learned how to be a fly mom. I will wake up tomorrow put on my pencil skirt, my heels, do my makeup and remind myself all day long that I AM A FIERCE, I AM BEAUTIFUL and I AM A FLY MOM. Or, better yet, remind myself that these things are true no matter what I wear.


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