Friday, 9 March 2018

My Postpartum Update: 4 months

Where do I begin. Sorry if this is all over the place!

I am 4 months postpartum, I now weigh 147 lbs . I was 191 lbs at the end of my pregnancy. I began at 160 lbs. I do not exercise besides walking as of yet because I just haven't had the motivation. However, I do have a delicious diet full of veggies & fruit which I am sure has helped! I am Vegan for those of you unaware. I snack like it is nobody's business too! I have a feeling my weight loss is due to my pumping schedule I had. It was every 3 hours! Now I am every 6 hours which I really like! I get 9oz - 10oz per side each pumping session so I am still over producing for my little one. If you know me personally or have seen on my Instagram. I have been donating to another mama who's baby is the same age as Luke. :) He is thriving off of my supply! I make approx 18 large ziploc bags that hold 10 bags of 7oz bags each a month! While still giving my son 40 oz a day. It's a little crazy but I am happy that my body can supply to help out another mama in need. 

Physically: I am feeling great most days apart from having some back pain I have associated with delivery. So I am seeing my chiropractor every 2 weeks to get adjusted. I also had some really crappy news that I have to be re-repaired from delivery because the maternity doctor that delivery Lucas didn't repair me properly. I have been spotting for about a month. I went to get checked out thinking maybe something else was wrong. During my pap I mentioned it and my doctor told me that my 2nd degree tear was more of a 3rd degree and I will need to see a specialist to be repaired. 

Mentally: I am/was exhausted. I have cried a lot. Especially with finding out my downstairs has to be re repaired!! It is frustrating.Overall February I needed a small break from social media & my posting schedule because I was becoming overwhelmed with my health & feeling as if I was falling into a depression. It was a little scary.
When I feel this way I tend to isolate myself instead of asking for help. Some days I would think about showering & then think about how much more work it is to brush my hair out afterwards so I wouldn't. I was the ultimate lazy one who would barley take care of herself. I was sad because well, postpartum hair loss.. I have two bald patches where my hairline use to be normal! I was upset about the way I looked but I wasn't doing anything to fix it. Just wallowing in my own self pitty.
Let me say, when I have anxiety it slowly can turn into a mild form of depression for myself. I feel like my life is crumbling. I am so fortunate to notice these patterns & do things that make me happy & get my out of the rut I am in.. Not many people have that. I now get myself & Luke out for small walks and throw on my ball cap to hide my hair loss & not to mention since my hair is dark.. my natural hair root growth is about 2 inches of light brown. The contrast makes my hair look much worse! LOL My own fault for going to the dark side after giving birth. haha. 

Lucas: has been developing so amazingly.. Is that even a word.. I love watching him grow & learn no things. He is almost rolling over! He sleeps from 8pm - 8/9am without night wake ups HALLELUJAH. I 100% believe this is because he has been in his crib since 5 weeks old & we did a routine of getting him to bed at 8pm around 12 weeks or so. If you would like to know more about Lucas's bedtime routine or daily routine comment below! The more response the more I will be willing to write it all out for those interested. :)
Lucas smiles, laughs, screeches, makes all sorts of silly noises and self soothes with his thumb. He's at the point of putting everything in his mouth. Spitting up a lot because well, I feel like it's a phase! He never use to spit it. I remember to bring a change of clothes for myself places now a days.
He weighs 19lbs & has officially lost all of his golden blonde baby hair he was born with.. It is replaced with platinum blonde! It is growing so fast too! Last but not least. He loves to try & sit up on his own.  It's my favorite! 


Thursday, 1 March 2018

Beauty Secrets For The Struggling First Time Mama

Having kids age you. It sucks. You don’t drink enough water, although you drink enough coffee ;) that contains water! When do you EVER have the time for a face mask or painting your nails, and or any other self care takes a major back burner so that you can make sure your children have the best. Its real life & is one of the reasons, I think, why so many women lose themselves & "give up". WE ARE JUST TOO DANG TIRED! But, I am a huge advocate for loving yourself. Although the last month I have NOT loved myself. In fact, I took a hiatus if you may have notices & tried to love myself but mastitis hit me like a ton of bricks & then the on & off feeling awful!

Well, now I am back!  
After having Lucas, I struggled with this a lot.. Loving myself that is. I still do! My body surprisingly bounced back quickly, but my self care, self loving time went right to the grave... I just couldn’t get my stuff together to organize time, well, for myself. I still find it hard.Beauty hacks were my new favorite thing to google between Lucas's naps & my pumping schedule. My want was how to achieve that fresh face celeb look without botox & having to spend hours(100% being dramatic) putting on makeup. A few things I was doing before..

If money grew on trees I would have my brows micro-bladed so I wouldn't have to shade them in, I would have my lash extensions put back on & have my monthly laser treatments on my acne scaring like I did the year prior to getting pregnant. However, having a baby ALL THAT changes. Here are a couple of my little secrets to have that 5 minute fresh faced make-up look.
1. Cleansing wipes for your face, not make up remover wipes. Just cleansing wipes! When you think about washing your face.. That's about as far as you get until your brain moves onto something baby related. I have made it a priority to have a back of cleaning clothes at my bedside so when I wake up in the morning I wipe my face down & go get my son up & at it. I also use these before bed. Im not saying make this your new routine to clean your face but it sure helps when you don't feel you have the time. 
2. BB Cream, I know a lot of people hate on BB cream for some reason but it is honestly the perfect quick, slap on your face & go product. I have been using this specific BB Cream for years now. I like it because it is super light coverage but brightens up your tired mom face. If you're feels optimistic grab your favorite concealer & conceal whatever spots you need coverage on with a damp beauty sponge.(#4) It blends seamlessly when the sponge is damp. You'll also notice you don't need blush because your natural color will still peak through. 
3. Mascara & Brows, if you are not born with beautiful full brows & may have been one who over plucked in middle school or high school... brows are a must to make you look ready to go.. Well, in my case it is! Benefit Cosmetics comes in handy! They're Real Mascara for my ridiculously straight lashes & foolproof brow powder for that natural look.

4. Concealer. Lots of concealer. Well, for me anyways!

I conceal my dark AF circles & any pigmentation that needs to be hidden. Nars has been  my ride or die concealer for a couple of years now because I found that it's consistency is perfect to full coverage for those stubborn areas.

5. Setting Powder - If you have oily skin, you know to set your base. If you don't feel it is necessary skip this step & you're set! 

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