I'm slowly making my way back to myself and I've shared how awful the postpartum period can be, lol...so this last postpartum period, I've decided to share the progress I make in order to be less of an exhausted walking milk dispenser, and more of a human woman independent of her child.
Women heal from delivery differently, and it is a process that takes years. Stealing moments for a shower, then a haircut, a manicure, a vacation away from the kids...all of these are ways I've slowly started to come out of my postpartum haze.
When Brie was five months, I started walking three times a week and going to Zumba. Once Emerson was about 18 months, I started taking care of my skin again. Teddy is 14 months, and I started a skin care routine today. Slowly adding ways to take care of myself.
I say all that to say this...I'm taking my skincare before picture today and ya'll get to look at it and I'm feeling super insecure about it bc I rarely take serious pictures without makeup. I take silly ones all the time where I'm making a face, or my hair is a mess. But not, 'hey, look at my skin!" I'm in a skincare group, but idk those people, and I like ya'll...so I'm sharing with you.
So yes, this is my "before" post. But just like all before posts, they come after dealing with a lot.
I'm not sharing the products I'm using bc they don't matter - the point is to find a self care routine that works for you and slowly add it to your life so the weight of parenting doesn't crush you before your kid's tenth birthday.
Shout out to all the women who opened up to me about their own motherhood journey and showed me the importance of taking care of yourself NOW...not when your kids are grown bc then you've lived your entire adult life ignoring yourself. I refuse. Season three episode one of Queer Eye was the cautionary tale I needed to keep me going.