Ok so you had a baby and you feel like a wreck. Your body hurts, you are sleep deprived, your hormones are going craaaayyyzeee. Getting all dolled up is the last thing you feel like doing, but it may be exactly what you need.
Anytime I was sick my mom would tell me to take a shower, do my hair, and put on my makeup. Her theory was that if you look good, you feel good. And I have learned after all these years that it is so true. At least for me it is.
When I had Boston I had a pretty bad case of the baby blues. I was so weepy and completely overwhelmed with my awesome new responsibility. And I felt like I was in mourning of my past self and worried that I was never going to be her again. But I am happy to say that after about a month I finally felt more normal. I think most of it had to do with giving my body time to recover but I also think taking a little time each day to fix myself up really helped me identify with my old self. These days I do not have nearly the amount of time to do my hair or makeup but I have adapted to the crazy mom schedule and here are some shortcuts I have learned along the way.
- Buy yourself some dry shampoo. In the past I washed my hair everyday but who has time for that with a newborn who doesn't sleep well? This stuff makes it to where I only need to wash it every 3 days. I've tried a few brands and they all work pretty good but I think I prefer the Dove brand. Seriously this stuff is amazing!
- Curl your hair in tighter curls. Doing this and using the dry shampoo will allow you to wear your hair longer. By the end of the third day my hair is wavy but looks like I still spent time on it.
- Buy some of these rubber bands. At night I like to put my hair up in a pony tail. It keeps it less tangled and out of the way for the middle of the night feedings but these elastics do not crease my hair so I can wear my curls the next day.
- Gel nails. If you can swing it, get your hubby, mom or friend to watch the little one for an hour and get your nails done. The gel nails last me about 3 weeks and I always feel like having good nails makes you look and feel more put together. But if you don't have time to get to a salon, check out my review on the next best thing.
- Prioritize your bath/shower. Boston was an awful napper. It made getting a full bath or shower in the middle of the day almost impossible so I had to start prioritizing. In order for me to feel clean I have to shave. Everyday. So this was the first thing I would do just in case he happened to wake up and I wasn't able to finish.
- Wash your face but keep your eye makeup. Some days I am able to spend more time doing my makeup than others. On days when I don't have a ton of time, I just wash my face but keep my eye makeup on. I may have to re-blend in my eyeshadow or fix eyeliner smudges with a qtip, but that takes so much less time than a full application.
- Match your sweats. The first few weeks I pretty much lived in tank tops and workout shorts but its amazing how much better you feel if they at least match.
- Buy pretty undergarments. A sexy bra or pretty set of undies always makes me feel prettier even if I am just wearing sweats. And lets face it, if you are a nursing mom I am sure you've realized that most nursing bras are not very sexy. After a lot of researching, I finally found the most gorgeous brand of nursing bras made by these people. They are so well made and not any more expensive than a Victoria's Secret bra. I never ordered any of the matching sets of underwear because I have a favorite kind from VS (I love them because they don't push in on my sides) so I just took my bras up there and matched some panties to them.
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