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When I first had my baby, I wanted to go back to work.
I’d been working steady since my very first job at Dairy Queen, right up until two days before my son was born.
It was A LOT of change.
Going from a steady schedule, income earner, get dressed and go to work every day person, to a brand new stay at home mom is a huge identity shift.
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By the time my six weeks of “maternity leave” were up, I’d changed my mind. I drove to the daycare to enroll my son, but I couldn’t go inside.
I’ve been a stay at home mom ever since, and it’s been far from easy.
It took me seven whole months to really start to feel comfortable in my own skin again. That first half of my son’s life was so demanding that I barely had any time for myself.
Not to say I didn’t love the snuggles..but sometimes you just want to have some time to yourself, am I right??
You don’t have to feel so lost and overwhelmed for as long as I did. Yes, the first few months with a baby are going to be very all-consuming, and that’s ok.
Stop putting pressure on yourself to “get back to normal.” Your new life as a mom is your new normal.
There is a simple change you can make though to instantly feel ten times better:
Get dressed and ready.
I spent the first seven months of my new life as a mother in nightgowns, no makeup, and messy buns (and I don’t even like to wear my hair up.)
Between feedings, trying to get baby down for a nap, and playing together, my days completely got away from me.
I felt like if I didn’t get ready first thing in the morning, what was the point?
And during those precious moments when my child actually slept on his own for a nap, I tried to use that time to get things done.
When I had to choose between putting on makeup and cleaning the house, I’d choose to clean. Or make myself some lunch at 3pm, or maybe even read a book.
BUT when I finally decided to start getting myself ready again, everything changed.
I felt more like myself. More confident. More productive. And generally, more happy.
It’s such a simple thing, but it makes a huge difference especially to your mental health as a new mom.
5 Minute Routine
With all that said, I know how hard it is to get ready when you’ve only got a few minutes to spare.
Your routine is going to look a lot different than it did before you had kids, but it doesn’t matter.
The important part is to get yourself dressed and ready for the day so you feel beautiful and confident. You can literally accomplish this in five minutes.
- Brush your hair. Run a straightener through it a few times if it really needs some taming that day.
- Apply some BB cream or foundation with a beauty blender. It takes just a minute to get even coverage on your whole face.
- Put on some blush and mascara. Makeup is done!
- Throw on your favorite pair of jeans and a nice shirt that you don’t mind getting drool or spit up on. If you’re breastfeeding, v-necks work great for easy access.
And that’s it! Bonus points if you put on shoes. I guarantee you’ll have a productive day with some sneakers on.
Of course there will be times when you do a full contour, shape your brows, curl your hair, and even wear perfume. But keeping it simple most days is just fine.
Feed your brain while you get ready
I love, love, love listening to podcasts while I get things done throughout the day, especially while I’m cooking and cleaning.
Unless I’m craving silence that day, I like to listen to a podcast while I get ready. Ebooks are also great to listen to. I still prefer to read my fiction the old school way, but I do enjoy listening to non-fiction just like I would a podcast.
Some podcast episodes are only a few minutes long, which would be a perfect pep talk during your morning routine. Even listening to those longer episodes a few minutes at a time really adds up.
You are the CEO of your home.
Take a few minutes every day to show up for yourself and treat your important work in the home seriously. The simple act of getting ready each day (minus a necessary PJ day every now and then) will make huge strides in your life as the awesome mom that you are!
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