The Evolution of A Mom’s Sex Life (as translated by her underwear drawer)

I can’t believe I gave my panties* to a geek.
~ Movie: Sixteen candles, 1984, Samantha (Molly Ringwald).

*I will NOT be using the word panties in this essay**
**because I’m not creepy.

The average women owns 21 pairs of underwear. I read that somewhere on the internet once, and even though we all know everything we read on the internet is true, I think it’s a lie.

I think the average woman, if the average woman is anything like me (and in like me, I mean late thirties, with a propensity for eating chocolate chip cookies and a closet full of clothes ranging from size 6-16) has about 10 wearable pairs of underwear in her drawer and about 497 pairs of underwear that reflect the different phases of her adult life that she will never wear again.

You can tell a lot about a woman’s life if you dig threw her underwear drawer.  I’m not allowed to tell anyone how I know this (stupid plea agreement) but I’m pretty sure it’s true across the board.

Don’t believe me?  Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

The Many Phases of a Mom’s Sex Life (as told through the contents of her underwear drawer)

Phase 1Dating ❤❤❤

Underwear Status: Be-thong-ed

Theme Song: She had dumps like a truck truck truck, Thighs like what what what, Baby move your butt butt butt. 

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When you meet him in the atrium of the nicest restaurant in town, the first thing you notice is his hands.

Long, thin fingers.  Large, smooth palms, nice nails.  Echoes of every bad joke and rumor you have ever heard ring in your head.  You know what they say about men with big hands. 

He reaches out for a handshake and you lean in for a hug and your thong suddenly rides high and you hope to God this guy is worth the effort you put into choosing your undergarments.
But he’s really cute. Like Neil Patrick Harris cute, except he wants to actually do you.

And when you hug him you feel a weird tingle up your spine, like some sort of divine inspiration.  For one brief, dangerous second, you envision those large hands of his reaching around to unclasp your bra.

Two weeks later, when he does just that and more, you begin to believe that most rumors come from someplace very  true.

Oh my. GAWD.

Phase 2: Wedding Night ❤❤❤

Underwear Status: Corset Contraption

Theme songIt’s a nice day to start again, It’s a nice day for a white wedding

Diva Bridal Corset

Actually me*

*not actually me

Your feet hurt and there are 693 bobby pins in your hair. You think, all I want to do is collapse facedown in sweatpants on this hotel bed (Welcome to wedded bliss!). You close the bathroom door behind you and in the harsh lighting, your makeup and half down hair combines to give you exactly the impression of a drowned rat. Outside the door your new husband is laying in the bed, eating the entire third tier of your wedding cake with a fork. “Will you be coming out soon?” he calls and you imagine crumbs falling out of his open mouth on to your pillow.

The complicated white virginal corset lingerie number that had looked so terrific in the Victoria Secret catalogue now looks like a torture device.  “I’m all done with the cake and I’m waiting for dessert!“, your ball and chain of exactly three hours bellows from the bed.

Naked, you consider the lingerie hanging on the back of the bathroom door one more time with resentment. And then instead, you then wrap the thick cotton white robe around you and leave the contraption hanging on the hook.

When you walk out of the bathroom, that man lets out a low whistle. “Hello beautiful wife,” he says and his voice chokes with emotion on the last word, just a little.

“Hello, husband…” you whisper back. Who needs lingerie? There’s a man holding a cake waiting for you, with a fork.


And the hotel robe falls to the floor.

Phase 3:  Pregnancy ❤❤❤

Underwear Status: Knocked Up Knickers

Theme Song: You’re the woman I love, & I love what it’s doing to you, Having my baby,You’re a woman in love and I love what’s going through you***

*** This is literally the worst song I have heard in my life, by the way. The WORST. The people who wrote this should be locked in a room and forced to listen to their own monstrosity on repeat for 9 months straight.

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You’re calling bullSHIT.  You’re calling up every one of your (ex)friends that told you that having a baby was Really Great and telling them that when you have full range of motion again you are TOTALLY going to punch them in the throat. Hard.

Have a baby, They said. You’re going to love it.  Those motherf!ckers called themselves FRIENDS.

Sex is now a complicated system of hoisting manoeuvres and roughly drawn schematics. You map out the plan at the kitchen table after meatloaf.  Here’s how we’re going to do this. I’m going to lay HERE and you’re going to take off all my clothes because I’m too tired from existing in this whale sized frame today.   (Don’t you DARE complain about the ginormity of my underwear, son. )

Then I’m going to need roughly 14 minutes to sit myself up, roll over, climb on my knees and arrange all 42 of these bed pillows into some remotely comfortable support position.  Try not to focus on the elephantine immensity of my rear end.   ALSO I haven’t seen my vagina in 4 months so I can make no promises about what you’re going to find. If you, at anytime, become horrified by what you see—Remember that YOU DID THIS TO ME.  You did this TO ME. I think about that A LOT.  So you’re gonna want to be MIGHTY careful. 

You will then have approximately 4 minutes to get the job done before my knees start hurting and I start complaining that I want a snack.

This is the best I can offer you.  Are you in?

(He is always in).

Phase 4:  Postpartum ???

Underwear Status: Marvellous in Mesh

Theme Song: And it burns, burns, burns, The ring of fire, the ring of fire.

2 x Multi-Use Elasticated Mesh Panties -- Maternity Knickers & Briefs -- Size 12-14 LARGE

I’m wearing UNDERWEAR MADE OF GAUZE.  It is the most lovely horrible amazing humiliating thing I have ever worn on my nether regions and I LIKE IT. LIKE IT!

Oh. AND DO NOT. DOOOOOOOO NOOOOOOT come up anywhere on my person for the next 4-44 weeks.

Step back, give me space. More space.  Step back. Step farther back.

Now go find me that squirty bottle for my vagina that I left on the counter.


Phase 5:  MILF ❤❤❤

Underwear Status: Mama’s got her groove back

Theme Song: Shes a bad mama jama. Just as fine as she can be.

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Not my underwear*

*actually my underwear

Well hello there again feet!  Hello there you husbandy hunk of man-meat. I have to say I’m feeling pretty darn fine in these leopard bikinis.  Me-OW!

You’ve got your pizazz back.  Just saying the word PIZAZZ makes you want to do some jazz hands!

2 coronas at the Mexican dive bar down the street and you and your señor are at home playing hide the burrito.

It’s all fun and games and guacamole, until the two lines turn pink on the pregnancy test again.

You play, you pay, mama.

Back to Phase 3. And this time, there’s a toddler in tow. <Sad Trombone>.

Phase 6:  Smoke and Mirrors ❤❤❤

Underwear Status: I can’t breathe in these spanx and I’m hungry.

Theme Song: She’s a brick HOUUUUUSSSSE. 

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Remember when you could just throw on a dress and a pair of bikini underwear and do normal things like go out for frozen yogurt and have conversations with other adults?  Yeah, me neither.

Because your life is now a very complicated mess of form fitting shapewear, lack of time for sex at all and small people with unreasonable demands roaming around that you willingly created. Sometimes you choose not to leave the house just because you can’t bear to stuff yourself into those high-waisted wonders. It’s such an exhausting process you have to stop to snack right in the middle of it.

And don’t even try to come to bed in those things. One look at you in that girdle and your husband weeps. My eyes.  My EYES!  

It’s the underwear that scares him. Not you. He doesn’t mind that you have a few lumps and bumps. You actually heard him say that he likes you with a little “junk in your trunk”.

Which is good because car analogies are always a hit with wives.

You like him with his “spare tire” too, there—how does he like it?

Some times you think about starting a bonfire and throwing all that old underwear in it, piece by piece. Other times, during your 6 minutes of free time each day, you like to open your underwear drawer and reminisce.

Ah, memories.

Thongs. White weddings. Mesh. Pizazz. Burritos.

Sweet, sweet lycra and lace memories.




  1. This was absolutely so true and great. On a side note, I just recently found that bustier I wore on my wedding night and finally threw it away. Only took almost 9 years to do so!! 😉

  2. Swear I just left a comment, but still I loved this and definitely so very true. On a side note, I just recently threw away that wedding night bustier and it only took 9 years to do so!! 😉

    • Yes! This is progress Janine! I need to do this. Mine is mocking me from my dresser right now. Thank you so much for reading, friend—ps….I loved your huff post piece so much. <3

  3. I am dying from laughter. Spot on my friend, spot on.bthis article is so perfect I can be bothered to fill in my details to make this comment.

  4. I actually want to count my underwear now….you never fail to make me laugh out loud. My husband looks over at me like I’ve lost my mind….I look at him and say “you wouldn’t understand” He just nods and continues watching tv. Girl you are a breath of fresh air 😉

    • RIGHT????? Lisa, you rock! Thank you so much! My husband does the same thing, just look up and then go back to what he’s doing while I’m laughing in my chair with my computer hysterically. I don’t think they want to know even if they think they want to know? LOL! I’m grateful for you—thank you for reading and the comment—SO MUCH! <3

  5. I am dying laughing on the couch next to my husband, and trying not to wet myself – another joy of motherhood. 😉 Made my hubby read #3, and he had to laugh – we’ve lived it 4 times, and he knows it’s true, you take what you can get, cause you’re lucky you’re getting any!

    • You’re right! I should add that in somehow—the post-baby almost wetting while laughing! It’s a real situation for me, like real…real. He knows all about Phase 3 for sure then, after having 4 kids you become pretty adept at the logistic making. I laughed out loud about you saying “you take what you can get”—-this is so true, it’s painful! <3 <3 <3

  6. HAHA….Best line was the meatloaf one. LOLOL! Loved this and btw, we’re definitely of the same blogger mindset because I recently wrote If Lingerie Could Talk. If it could, it would tell you to submit this post to Woman’s Day magazine. Hilarious!

    • Love that! It’s so hard to tell sometimes if the right amount of sarcasm is coming through—it always seems funny when I’m writing it but then when I’m reading it, I can’t tell if a reader will feel me. I love when readers “feel me”, ya know? 😉 Knowing you think it’s funny is a compliment, indeed. <3 <3

  7. I love reading your stuff. Sometimes I think we are actually the same person but you manage to write it with the funnies!! I actually just got married and had a baby and ‘corset contraption’ was def on my radar however i was still somewhere between the postpartum and milf stages. at least i guess it saved me some money on something i realistically was never going to wear/or look good in. Keep up the good work!!!! cant wait for your next blog!

  8. I mean, it’s uncanny how right you are. I shared this on my Facebook page, and the comments that were left indicated that you have been somehow digging in all of our panty drawers, and we don’t know how you knew our underwear history so well. You are one smart, hilarious lady.

    • You’re awesome, Gaby! Isn’t it funny how no matter how different we all are, we are connected by simple shared experiences like our underwear drawer? Thank you so much!!!!

  9. I am new to your blog and I love your writing. I’m not married nor do I have any children. On top of that, I also have no underwear. I don’t even know how many years I’ve gone commando. (If you’re wondering about “that time,” I used to have a few pairs of grannie panties that I would wear, but one massive drug addiction and large rapid weight loss later, my uterus and I still aren’t on speaking terms yet. My doctor says it will come back. Eventually. Most likely with a vengeance.) for This past Easter, my mother hung two cotton thongs from the handle of my Easter basket (yes I’m thirty. Yes I still get an Easter basket.). I put them on for a picture and then sold them to “Mike” for $30. I then took that money and drove my ass to Little Caesar’s for some crazy bread at 10 in the morning. I hope to one day have a list similar to this. Possibly about the pairs of underwear that have been sold to the Mike’s of the world. I shudder to think of their fate

    • Jessica—it sounds like you have had some wonderful adventures, which to me, always mean wonderful stories to write and read. 30 is just the start of all the good stuff too. Thanks for making me smile this morning—and if you ever do write those stories I’d be happy to read them. <3 <3


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