Five Faves: sick and tired and spandexed

1. My little sister is getting married this weekend. It’s SO much fun to be going through a wedding that isn’t your own, and it is so much work. It’s my favorite kind of work, make no mistake, but it’s work nonetheless. Last weekend’s lingerie shower precludes this week’s 5-sister movie date (we’re lucky and we know it), bachelorette party, pedicure appointment, rehearsal dinner, and of course, the blessed event. I’m rocking a head cold and an 8-week old, so I’m pretty much the most fun and most matronly of all matrons of honor. And did I mention my size enormous David’s bridal frock is nursing friendly? Or at least, I’ve made some adjustments to make it so.

Anyway, I bought 5 bottles of this at Costco this morning. So we’re pretty much set.

2. I have the kind of cold that makes you feel like you’ve been kicked in the mouth and taken a baseball to the septum, so I’ve been searching for various and sundry breast-feeding kosher remedies, and basically the options are:

Sensible saline.
Suicidal snot buster.
Tea towel sauna.

4. I’m counting that last unfortunate round up of images as number 3. Currently I’m sitting on the couch, nursing a glass of aforementioned prosecco, and willing numbness into my teeth and forehead.

5. But at least I’ve got these to shimmy into, come Saturday.

I did extensive research and then dropped $70 at Target on several hideous looking garments promising to make all my wildest dreams come true. Or at least, to grease the entry into my size i’llnevertell bridesmaid dress, and ensure a tight and reliable ziiiiip.

Hallie for life, y’all. Via Christy. See you there.


  • Molly

    We used those slimmers all the time when I worked in theatre! I won’t wear a dress without something like it anymore. You kind of feel like a sausage getting into them, but a quality one really does help.

  • Jenny

    My friend just gave me Costco Prosecco…. SO GOOD! I hope you feel better before the wedding!!! I am a big fan of nose drops! The drops, more than the spray melts everything away in seconds for me. Get some sleep. Being sick with a new baby… oh man. I really hope you feel better soon. Very very soon.

  • Mary

    Though I did just wish all hosiery to hell recently… I will say I’m a fan of garments that do the tummy-taming and all that. Be sure to take pictures–I didn’t know you had five sisters! As my dad said of his three daughters: “The estrogen just drips off the walls.”

    • Laura Pearl

      I’m laughing out loud here. The way you put things! “Grease myself into my size i’llnevertell bridesmaid dress.” Thanks for almost making my coffee come out of my nose! 🙂

      My son is getting married this Saturday, too. And I woke up today slightly ongested with a sore throat, so now I’m worried I’ll be full-blown sick by the big day. I’ll pray for you, and please pray for me.

  • thesewallsblog.com

    Sympathies regarding the head cold! I have awful sinuses and am far too familiar with what you’re going through. I wish I had a sure-fire remedy to offer you, but the best I’ve ever come across is Mucinex, and I don’t know if you can take that while nursing. Good luck! And have fun this week/weekend, despite the blasted cold.

  • October Rose

    I hope you feel better soon! I had a sinus infection for a good two weeks when my babes were about that age and it was the worst. I did end up taking just one phenylephrine but I don’t know how much it did, anyway.

  • Colleen

    I wish I still had sisters that were getting married – family weddings are SO FUN!!! Enjoy yourself and don’t worry about the cold – you won’t be able to breathe in those garment shapers anyway 😉

  • Kris

    Go with the SinuMed rinse. Seriously. I swear by that thing when I’m sick. Also, check with your doctor, but I think I recall that plain Mucinex is okay when nursing.

  • Rosie

    Oof, nothing worse than a cold when you can’t take anything… I’ve had REALLY good luck with apple cider vinegar for anything resembling a cold – heat 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar and dissolve 2-4 tbsp honey in it, serve over ice and top off with water. It’s TOTALLY safe for a nursing mom and works wonders on me within a couple of days, plus it doesn’t involve shoving anything up my nose! It tastes a liiiiittle bit vile, and some people add cayenne pepper and say it’s awesome but honestly, the honey and vinegar is enough for me!

  • Susan H.

    I would endure some spandex just to get out of the daily routine and go to a wedding, or be in a wedding. They’re really so much fun – I hope you have a wonderful time, I know you will look beautiful!

  • Abigail

    I was a bridesmaid at 10 weeks postpartum and you betcha I was in a sausage casing. Also my sister didn’t pick her bridesmaid dresses until I was 8.5 months pregnant… So I ordered superduper size and had it taken in the week of. I’ve almost forgiven her… Have fun! And enjoy everyone else wanting to hold the baby so you can dance!!

  • mary

    hope the wedding was fun. i had the sinus cold monster as well and did the nasal rinse a lot. nothing like a self-inflicted drowning. i also contemplated extracting several molars to relieve pressure. you have my sympathy.

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