Friday, October 3, 2014

Five Favorites: The Post-Partum You

So thrilled to be linking up with this week's host of Five Faves, Mary Kate!

Now, down to business, could I have come up with a cornier title? Nope. I tried. You're welcome. I don't think I get to say post-partum anymore since we're two weeks shy of a year, but from the other side, these are the things that made me feel not so much like death-warmed-over.

Eyeliner. In the unfortunate event that seeing your baby requires going out in public. Eyeliner. Even if you don't plan on leaving the house for many many days, those glimpses in the mirror will look that much less haggard. And you'll like it, I promise. I used to steer clear of eyeliner thinking it was setting the bar way too high for a daily routine. A friend once told me she could never not wear eyeliner because since everyone was used to seeing her with it on, without it even the people she lived with were convinced she had a cold. That stayed with me and I didn't think I was up for the challenge. I was wrong, forgive me, eyeliner. 

You hardly notice I'm still in pajamas because eyeliner
Sticking with the theme of eyes for a second, an eye brow wax. One of my aunts calls it the cheapest facelift money can buy. A $10 facelift? Get one.

And while you're at the salon anyway, a haircut. Be honest, it's just a matter of weeks before it all starts falling out anyway. I'm a firm believer that the temptation to chop your hair off in pregnancy is really just a desire to not look pregnant anymore. But now you're not pregnant, so chop away my friend. And take your biotin for the hair loss.

Jeans that fit. Have you ever read a blog post about a woman who bought a pair of postpartum jeans and regretted it? Nope, didn't think so. So bite the bullet and don't look at the size. Bonus points for a higher rise to go easy on your diastasis recti and or c-section scar. 

And on a much less light hearted note, therapy. Even if you think its just a phase and you'll get through. Even if all you ever wanted was to be a mother, so you're afraid to admit life's got you down. Even if you're terrified that you'll fork over the cash for a therapy session only to have them tell you you're over reacting, which they won't. If the thought has crossed your mind that talking to someone might help, do it. Is this a necessity for every new mom? Of course not, and we all have our bad days, but at least give it a good think. Healthy babies need happy mamas, and your husband won't mind it either. 


  1. Amen and amen. Especially to #5. (I love seeing how teeny Ike was! How much he's grown!)

  2. True words, my friend!

  3. Filing this one away for later. :) Great suggestions!