This weekend, my friends Anna, Anne and I met up at Madison Square Park. Since they’re both pregnant, we played around with some clothes from Hatch, which has been a favorite of mine for years. The collection is designed by a mother of two, and you can wear them before, during and after pregnancy…
We met at Madison Square Park, so we could get milkshakes at Shake Shack, which we were all craving.
Anna wore the Highline Dress, with a bias cut and beautiful drape. I wore the Antibes Sweater, which I loved. It’s big and cozy, but the open knit makes it light enough to wear all spring and on summer evenings. Anne wore the Medina Top and Indochine Pant with a pretty dot print. (You can also get this print in the Medina Dress. It looks so lovely and effortless, and it would work well for nursing.)
Such sweet bellies!!! (And how cute is the bright pink drawstring on Anne’s pants?)
Anna, who is brainstorming girl names, said: “We ask ourselves, does it sound good with my husband’s (long, Italian) last name, and could she ever be president with that name? Not that I would wish the presidency upon any loved one, but I’d like her to have the option of being as badass an adult as she may want to be.”
“I do worry about adjusting to life with two kids,” said Anne, who has an older son. “But when it comes to parenthood, my husband and I always remind ourselves we’re not exactly reinventing the wheel.” As for day-to-day parenting, she says, “I love the title of that podcast The Longest Shortest Time. I haven’t listened to it yet, but that phrase totally sums up how new motherhood feels.”
And Anna says, “My main advice for parents is, ‘This too shall pass.’ It’s so hard to realize, but everything is a phase. That little mantra got me through many tricky phases with my older daughter, and I’m sure I’ll continue to need it as she enters adolescence (eek!). It also helps me appreciate the wonderful stages of a kid’s life — like when they want constant cuddles or can’t pronounce their ‘L’s.”
One funny moment: I was standing under a blooming tree, and flower petals were falling down around me. It felt like one of those perfect New York moments, until the girls pointed out there was a squirrel about a foot above me. Haha, yikes. (Reminded me of this Liz Lemon moment.)
Bonus for all readers: Hatch is offering 15% off across their Spring/Summer, Everyday Shop and Pre-Spring collections with code SPRINGJO. Good through this Sunday. They have such pretty dresses and tops!
Congratulations to anyone who is expecting (or trying)! And thank you, Anna and Anne!