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Becoming a mom has been the most inspiring and emotional experience of my life. I, of course, expected it to change me. However, I had no idea how deeply this new role would impact me in every aspect. Our little man is thriving, and is just so full of joy and laughter. Having decided that me staying home and working remotely is the best option of our family, my life is certainly consumed by the smallest of boys all day, every day. I wouldn’t change a single thing about life at home…however, it certainly isn’t a walk in the park (although, we do enjoy many [many] walks in the park. After the sleepy newborn days dissipated, we are up and out of the house most days of the week, continually finding new adventures and mom groups to spend out time. There is an insanely strong mom community in our city that has truly helped carry the weight of motherhood. As they say, it takes a village. And my village is a group of moms who have seriously heard, seen, and done it all. While it seems like its all-baby-all-the-time (and it mostly it), I’ve still made sure that I’ve had moments to myself. Self care has never been more important than now, covered in unidentifiable liquids and never quite sure what day of the week it is. Now that we’ve found a “routine” and learned each other’s ways, I’ve compiled a lis of items that I couldn’t live without during these fleeting moments.
The Happiness Lab
I took this free course through Harvard a year or so ago and was so excited to hear that they were finally releasing a podcast. This has been one of my favorite listens (and a great break from all the crime-related content I typically dive into). It’s easy to think that we innately know the key to happiness, when in reality, it’s an untapped subject with so many surprising turns on how to be content. It’s far less than achieving something in the future, whether is be wealth, beauty, status, and far more with altering the mindset around acceptance and gratitude about when exists in the here and now. I won’t try to sum up the research in a paragraph here, because the elements discussed deserve the full listen.
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting (now with Bébé Day by Day: 100 Keys to French Parenting)
I spend a to of time, or used to, I should say. While I’m not nearly going through books as quickly as I once did, I still always have one open on my nightstand. My current read is Bringing Up Bebe. Any while I’ll file this under child-related literature, its fun anecdotes and inspiring content makes it a surprising page turner. If I get to ten pages a night, I call that a win.
After months of passing by these bars think they were too high maintenance with their refrigeration and high price tag, I finally caved considering I’m living off quick snacks at the moment. And, ugh, they are the REAL DEAL. They taste like cookie dough. Not like healthy cookie dough, but actual cookie dough. The ingredients are all recognizable and I like that they have enough calories to be considered a meal. Usually, I’ll cut them in half so they last a bit longer as a pre-dinner snack.
My greatest find in my journey into motherhood is this multi-functioning copper bottle. Breastfeeding thirst is a whole new level of thirst, and I find that I have this water bottle with me everywhere. Not only is the aesthetic beautiful, but drinking out of copper has healing benefit beyond hydration. Water stored in a copper vessel (which is known as “tamra jal” in Ayurvedic medicine) balances the three doshas in your body (vata, kapha and pitta) by gently infusing the water with the positive health properties of copper. Water stored in a copper vessel also becomes natural alkaline water, which helps balance your body’s pH levels. I’m all about multi-tasking, and drinking water with a purpose is usually the healthiest thing I have time to do all day.
Boppy Original Newborn Lounger
I promised to not include any baby items on this list, but I couldn’t really enjoy any self care with out this all star of baby loungers. After purchasing many swings, bouncers, rockers and high tech baby-moving machines, our little man likes one place and one place only. This pillow. He’ll happily chill here while I take a shower/eat/get ready for the day while jabbering to me about his recent discovery of a fan, window, or our dog.
Gone our the days of spending the morning applying a face mask and painting my nails. These sheet masks are the perfect compromise. I can easily put one on for ten minutes and discard it if little man wakes up from his nap earlier than anticipated (always..). There are a million brands out there, but these are the ones I keep going back to. They’re easy to apply, and I not a difference in my skin immediately.
I gave up my gym membership when we moved, and outside of a sporadic spin class here and there, I’ve been living off home workouts. I love resistance bands, but *lifting heavy things* is my favorite type of workout. These kettlebells are my favorite and allow me to complete both strength training and HIIT workouts that maximize my time. Plus, they don’t take up a ton of space.
Nursing Tank Tops
I received these as a baby shower gift and they are an absolute necessity if breastfeeding. I lived in them when I was feeding every hour or so, but now wear them underneath all my normal shirts so I’m ready for any baby hunger meltdown when we’re out and about. Truth be told, I definitely sleep and workout in them as well…and like to think they look like a regular tank top rather than the identifiable nursing tanks/t-shirts.
How are you self-caring these days?
Thanks to Copper H2O for sending along this water bottle that does so much more!