Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Easy Ways to Practice Self-Care Postpartum (or Anytime!)

If I'm being completely honest, pregnancy and giving birth were a walk in the park compared to my recovery after having Kensington (Okay, the giving birth part wasn't exactly fun either, but for me the pregnancy part really was).

I haven't had a chance to finish her birth story yet, but long story short I lost about half of my red blood cell count from a tear during labor. For the weeks following, this left me feeling light headed if I stood up for too long. I wasn't allowed to take a bath or a shower that was too hot. I was afraid to walk while I was holding Kenzie because I was terrified of fainting and dropping her. I cried, a lot and I was so, so tired all of the time. I felt myself experiencing symptoms of the baby blues.

Overall, I felt awful and I wasn't being kind to my body.

At six weeks postpartum I'm happy to say that I'm feeling completely back to myself. It took some time and a lot of grace to get where I am right now. If I've learned anything over the past few weeks, it's the importance of being patient with yourself and of course showing yourself some love.

Here are a few self-care practices I did (and still do) so I could keep myself feeling happy and healthy.

Take a bubble bath. I cannot stress the magical healing powers of a bubble bath enough. As I mentioned, I wasn't allowed to take any kind of hot shower or bath until I got my hemoglobin levels back up and it was torture. Now, I take one every single day and just those 15 minutes work wonders for my day.

Get dressed every day. It's so easy when you aren't feeling like yourself to stay in your sweats all day. But when you look good, you feel better and just taking a few extra seconds to put on a pair of jeans and a top you like will improve your mood.

Ask for help. I couldn't be more grateful to Daniel and my parents for all of the help they gave me when I needed it the most. When I reached my limits they were there to pick up the slack and the greatest self-care I could give myself was to be fair to my body and acknowledge those limits.

Eat Well. Or eat what you like to eat. You'll feel more energetic and better overall if you put good food into your body.

Hydrate. Drink all the water. This one is pretty self explanatory.

Splurge on something for yourself. Yes, babies cost money and you may not have a ton of extra. But buy yourself something, anything. Because especially after you've done something amazing like giving birth to your own little human, you deserve to treat yo self. And don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Read some positive quotes. I'm a big believer in the healing power of positive mantras. Pick a few of your favorite quotes and read them to yourself every day until you believe them.

Give yourself grace. Be patient with yourself and your body. If you're working through a tough time just remember that you've done, and are doing amazing things. Your body and mind may need time to heal, so be graceful through that time and you'll eventually start feeling more like your old self.

What do you do to practice self-care? 
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Kensington Grace (Weeks 5 & 6)

1// I love putting you in all the bows but it only lasts about five or so minutes because you somehow manage to knock them off and into your mouth every single time. 

2// Baby wearing has been a LIFESAVER! I put you in your solly wrap and you fall right to sleep while I get some stuff done. 

3// Your one month photoshoot. You slept through half of it and cried through the other half, and the pictures came out as cute as could be. 

4// Your dad's first Father's Day. Sometimes you look just like a mini him and it melts my heart to see the two of you together. 

5// Our little flower child. This is the same outfit we brought you home from the hospital in, but it fits you much better now, 6 weeks later. 

6// I caught you in the middle of a yawn but you looked like a little monster. I love your rawrrr face. 

7// Another shot from your shoot. Your little pucker face just melts me into a puddle on the floor. 

8// You're so strong and always trying to lift your head up when you're on your tummy. You make a cute little turtle face, just like your mama did when she was a baby. 

9// Still your favorite place to nap, right on our chests. You both look so sweet here, the two greatest loves of my life. 

We love you with all our hearts, precious girl!
Monday, June 12, 2017

Thankfulness on Thankfulness

Yesterday my mom pointed out to me that I've got bags under my eyes that kind of make it look like I recently got into a fight. I'm living my life nap to nap and I don't feel like I'll ever not be tired again. Daniel and I haven't had a meal together since Kensington got here because she has this incredible ability to get upset as soon as our food is in front of us. 

And yet, I've never been so thankful. 

I'm thankful for the sweet, beautiful baby girl who makes me wonder how I ever did life without her. 

I'm thankful for my perfect, helpful and caring husband who is not only the greatest team mate I could ever ask for but also the worlds best dad. 

I'm thankful for my family who reminds me every day what unconditional love is. I know that Kensington will never question whether or not she is loved by the people in her life. 

I'm thankful for the long nights that I spend awake with a hungry little baby that sometimes sounds like a little pig when she eats. 

I'm thankful for the cuddles and the baby kisses and the short, perfect naps. 

I'm thankful for our little three person family and I'm just so so thankful because I have so many reasons to be. 

Our lives aren't perfect. Caring for a teeny tiny human is scary, and overwhelming and hard. But it's also wonderful, full of awe and just so great. I'm thankful because I can be, because I have no reason not to be.

Despite my apartment that I can't seem to keep clean, the fact that my baby is crying real tears these days (and breaking my heart in the process), and that I'm lucky if I can get a shower during the day, I wouldn't trade this time in our lives for anything in the world. 

I hope you have something in your life that makes you so, so thankful and that you hold onto it. 

What are you thankful for this week? 

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