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I found myself very quickly after having Sloan, but I've had a much harder time after having Phayre. I've really felt lost in the mix of a toddler and baby. Postpartum was much crueler to me the second time around! It's taken me a long time really get my groove back, but call me Stella because mama is finally feeling like herself again!
Taking care of myself and doing things that I enjoy (without my children) has been the perfect recipe for finding myself again. I've actually started reading books again! Like real grown up books without pictures! I've also been making plans with my friends and leaving the girls with Eric more. I get uninterrupted time with my girlfriends and Eric gets alone time with the girls, it's really a win win for everyone.
I'd have to say the biggest factor contributing to me finding myself again is taking care of myself. I've been working out a few days a week, eating better, and taking the time to get ready (and actually shower regularly!!). I may not be dressed to the nines everyday, but I really do feel better when I take enough time to shower and get ready for the day.
I've always been super honest about my love of sleep!! I have always slept in until the girls do, they're my little human alarm clocks. Lately, I've been setting a real alarm and waking up before the girls do. I get a shower in (where I can actually wash my hair and not just rinse my body off) and then get ready for the day. I don't spend hours getting ready, I give myself just enough time to put a little make up on and dry my hair. It was hard at first, but now that I'm used to it I absolutely love being ready when the girls wake up. I feel so much more prepared to take on the day when I'm showered and ready to go.
I think the reason I'm able to get my tired bum up and out of bed is because I absolutely love my new body wash. I recently found Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Yogurt Body Wash and the apricot honey scent is sooo good. It's seriously ridiculously good, I always rub it into my hands and smell it for awhile before washing my body. It rubs on super creamy and leaves my skin feeling moisturized and soft. I love that it doesn't leave my skin feeling stripped or damaged, especially during the colder months when my skin typically suffers from the colder weather.
As soon as I hop out of the shower, I sit on my bed and lather myself up with Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Yogurt Lotion (in the apricot honey scent because duh it smells so yummy). I absolutely love this lotion, not only is the scent so good, but it also leaves my skin feeling so soft and hydrated. I had some dry patches on my arms and since using this lotion, they've totally gone away. I take my time and really make getting ready feel like "me time". It just puts me in a relaxed and happy mood which is a perfect start to my day!
I am obviously such a big fan of the new Aveeno yogurt body wash and lotion. They've become a part of my daily routine and I can't say enough good things. By using products that I love, getting ready in the morning really does feel like "me time". It's just a tiny chunk of my day that I dedicate to myself and that feels really good. The active naturals boost skins wellness with the same vitamins and proteins that are found in rich yogurt. The yogurt also features the new ACTIVBIND Complex, which is a formula that maintains all day hydration.
Bottom line mamas, I really urge you to make the time to take care of yourselves. Taking a little extra time to take care of your skin and body will lead to a better overall feeling of wellness. And get out without your children! Enjoy a little alone time or time with your friends. You'll come home feeling so refreshed and ready to squeeze your babies!
Here's to us mamas! May we find ourselves in this crazy, messy, and beautiful thing we call motherhood!
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I partnered with AVEENO® on this post. all opinions expressed are 100% my own.