Well friends, I have officially survived two months of motherhood ….and it is one of my biggest accomplishments to date. Junior year AP tests? Cake. 18 credit hours in college + working 20 hours a week? No problem. Even writing a 50 page thesis on no sleep seems like a breeze in comparison. With this little one the hours are long, the days flow into nights, and sleep is fleeting. There are happy tears and pain tears and ‘no reason at all’ tears. But my goodness there is joy. There is happiness too, small moments of fun, but there is always this overwhelming, heart bursting, joy (when I’m not too busy crying or sleeping to notice).
Today I sat with little Linc as we sang songs and he just smiled and gazed at me. The whole smiling thing is new for him and it is one of my favorites. There is something so magical about a baby’s smile, so validating. And so in the middle of whatever silly little song I was singing this morning I had to fight back more tears. It’s probably a good thing Lincoln can’t remember this phase of life or he’d think his mom is nothing but a big cry baby.
But, back to this two months accomplishment. I feel like I’m finally coming out of survival mode and it is wonderful. I can count on getting a shower in when I need it and manage to find a few minutes to put on something other than pajama pants most days. That said, I still haven’t found a time turner (harry potter anyone?) to give me the minutes I used to take to get ready in the mornings. It has been helpful to have a few go-to things to help me feel put together without having to spend fifteen minutes in front of the mirror. Here are some of my beauty life savers from the past few weeks:
- Ponds Cleansing Towelettes: My usual face routine of cleanser, toner, and moisturizer almost never happened the first few weeks with baby and even now its a rarity. I love not having to find a clean wash cloth and just being able to grab one of these wipes in the morning or before bed. I’ve already talked about my love of Ponds on the blog, but in these crazy months they have been heaven sent for my skin. Plus, the new geometric case designed by Jonathan Adler is so cute! ($7.49 at Target)
- A Great Shampoo + Conditioner: I have no time for product or styling most days and so having a shampoo and conditioner that leaves my hair feeling and looking great has been wonderful. I’ve been using Paul Mitchell’s Ultimate Color Repair shampoo and conditioner and they’ve been amazing for my hair. And, on the occasional day I do want to style my hair, the Triple Rescue acts as heat protector. (purchase in a salon or online here)
- Dry Shampoo: Sometimes its a couple of days between showers and occasionally I have every intention of getting in a shower before I head out the door but Lincoln has other plans (I learned it takes 489302 times longer to leave the house with a small baby than it ever has before). In those moments I’m grateful to the silver spray bottle I can spritz my greasy roots so no one can tell, at least by my hair, how lacking in hygiene I am (Suave just discontinued my favorite so I’m planning on trying this one from them next).
- Groomed eyebrows: This one is still on my “post baby” list but well kept brow does so much to frame your face and help you look put together. Personally, I prefer waxing to threading (a few seconds of pain as opposed to minutes), but once they’re shaped, just keep it up with occasional tweezing.
- bareMinerals Complexion Rescue: This product has been FANTASTIC these past few weeks. It’s the best of a BB cream, CC cream, and tinted moisturizer. It gives a bit of extra coverage while still adding lots of moisture and not looking like I’m wearing too much makeup. Often, if I’m putting on a full foundation, I feel the need to add blush and bronzer but this cream is so thin, all the natural coloring still comes through and it will often be the only product I put on (maybe with a bit of mascara). It’s a new launch from Bare Minerals and definitely something I’ll be getting again ($29 from Ulta).
- Water: I’ve always read that drinking water is great for your skin and can really tell the difference when I’m getting enough. With this whole post par tum thing and making two pounds of milk or more a day, it’s VITAL to be drinking water. I can tell a huge difference in my skin, my mood, and my overall health. A friend gave me this water bottle as part of a new mom gift and it has been great for getting me to drink more.