Well I can say that the past handful of months has been quite the journey. My husband and I welcomed our first child into the world on June 15th, 2013. I always kind of knew that I would be one of those mothers that threw her all into being a mom. I never had a doubt that I would try my hardest to be the best mom I could be. Everyone tells you that babies are life changing, they make you a different person. Everyone was correct. I was ready as I could have ever been to bring a baby home from the hospital. I had all the
necessary crap that blogs and videos out there tell you that a new parent needs. I had read all those books about quiet babies around the blocks and what to expect for the next 18 years! What I wasn't ready for was the fact that my life as I knew it had to completely change. Not in a bad way, I now just have very limited time to myself. I wish I hadn't taken for granted all those times I sat in front of the television watching trashy shows and painting my nails. I wish I had taken more long, hot, quiet showers. I should have cherished the hours of sitting in front of a mirror doing my eyeliner perfect and spending forever blending my eye shadow. Not that I don't love the fact that I know all the songs to Mickey Mouse Club House cartoons and the hours of tummy time I spend with my baby. No one can tell you accurately what the relief feels like when you hear your child cry for the first time. They can't explain to you what joy you feel when your child smiles for the first time, or when you know without a doubt that your child recognizes you and knows exactly who you are. I love all the time I spend with my baby, which is mostly all of my time.
These days I'm lucky to wash my hair every couple of days. And when I do shower it's usually short and cold because I have the door open in case Liam starts to cry. My sleep schedule totally depends on a 14lbs baby and his eating habits. I rock the same chipped manicure for about a week and half now, instead of changing it 5 times in a week. The one perk for my makeup routine, or lack there of, is the fact that my eyelashes look great! I wear mascara probably three days out of the week and it's done wonders for the length of my eye lashes. My postpartum skin however is not that fantastic. I had wonderful skin while I was pregnant, but as soon as I got the little bugger home my skin started acting up. Luckily I received PONDS BB cream in the mail complimentary of influenster and the MAMAVoxBox. I was a little skeptical going into this trial of the product because I had never tried a BB cream before. I didn't think it would have the coverage that I liked for my face, because I usually didn't leave the house without a full face of makeup on. But upon trying this PONDS BB cream I was very surprised. I was sent both a light and a medium skin tone. My current Casper complexion is more of a light but I have been mixing the two shades in hopes that it will give me a little bit of color. The application is easy because it blends so smoothly without much effort. It does have a faint fragrance to it, but that disappears throughout the day. With my temperamental skin this BB cream is exactly what I needed. Not only is it easy and effortless to slap on my face, it makes my face look natural and healthy. Makes the preparation for the trips to the grocery store to get formula or baby wipes a bit quicker!
A couple other things that have helped in my new beauty routine are cream blush and tinted lip balms. Both products are quick to apply, mostly because I can do it with my fingers. Maybelline Baby Lips came out with a neon collection that have a very decent color pay off. And as far as cream blush goes I only own a couple shades from MAC, which I love. So I don't see myself running out and getting any other brands. I don't make a huge fuss about my hair and makeup anymore if I'm just running errands or kicking around the house. Believe me, it's still nice to get all dolled up, run a curling iron through my messy hair and actually put a little eyeliner on. I'm also sure that my husband appreciates it when I spend a little time on my appearance.
But there is one thing that the last 4 months has done. It has assured me that I am being the best mom that I can be. I have put my needs and wants behind another human being. Even if I haven't had a shower in two days, or even looked in a mirror in those two days. My son is clean, fed and loved by his parents. Now being a stay at home mom, things have definitely changed for me. What has been the most fun is getting into a routine for both my son and my husband. Being a good wife, mother and housekeeper is a bit stressful at times. Sometimes you just have to realize that those pictures of the 1960's housewife are staged. The housework will be there, the meals don't always have to be well thought out and on the table when your husband walks in the door. But my child and my family are taken care of and loved. They have a roof over their heads and food in their bellies. My child has everything he needs to grow up to be anything he wants.