Let me tell ya, new dad, with this subject line-- "christmas, newborn, sexy nursing lingerie"--you're lucky your email got through at all.
Since it did, and since it's a timely, worthwhile question, I'm throwing it out for suggestions. Here's the deal:
A new dad [we'll call him Jason, so it could be 20% of the male population of the US born between 1970 and 1980. another story.] has an 8-week-old son and "an extremely amazing wife [who's nursing, apparently, and] needs things to make her happier still. I'm looking for some "things haven't changed forever" lingerie, and apart from the elle mcpherson range, wondered what you and The People might suggest. (I'm open minded about other presents too, but this is
First, I suggest not mentioning Elle MacPherson [above, left] around a woman who just gave birth to your child. And that goes double for Heidi Klum.
Second, I'm assuming you've already given her the customary "thanks for birthin' my baby" jewelry. [No? First you've heard of it? No sweat. That just means your wife didn't read "The Girlfriend's Guide." And unless I get corroboration from a credible guy source, that "birth jewelry" thing is less "custom" and more "nice idea."]
But back to lingerie. Reliable sources reminded me that 2-3 months post-partum could be a very tricky time for buying lingerie. Remember to take care of how the new curves are plotted. Nursing? That probably mean a new/different cup size. Great, right? Yeah, unless those enlarged breasts are raw and painful to the slightest touch.
And depending on how the post-pregnancy yoga regimen's going and how much baby weight is still around at 10-12 weeks, you might want to focus on pieces that don't focus on the midriff or booty, depending.
"Asymmetrical" "A-line" was a word I was given. Tell it to the lingerie salesperson when you explain your situation. "Tent-like," "caftan," and "Zsa Zsa Gabor," meanwhile, were words I came up with myself. Steer clear.
Just to be safe, I like to throw a bit of money at the problem, so I'd say track down some La Perla. Even if you miss, a piece of La Perla is like a silky gift certificate, which also gets you points for trying.
But one thing to watch for is how lingerie will play at all. A nursing mom can often feel tied down, trapped, and not in control of her own body. In that context, a little old-fashioned throwdown may be exactly what she doesn't want at the moment. So watch for that. If the feeding-every-2-hrs thing is getting her down, maybe the ticket is tickets to something. Get out of the house, do something normal. [and if you can swing by a hotel, sure. Play that one by ear.]
Anyone out there want to help a brother in need?