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Being Your Best Self in 2018 – Life After Baby

{Note: This is the fourth post in the series: Being Your Best Self in 2018. Brooke Hamilton is a mom of two adorable kids, the face behind BDH Films, and is also the creator of The New Mrs. Hamilton, which is a fabulous lifestyle blog based in Miramichi. Brooke is the perfect person to give any new moms or moms-to-be some tips on how to keep a little bit of “self” in your life, after you have a baby! You can also check out Brooke’s Facebook page here.}

As a mom of two, I’ve been there. You just had a baby, you’re exhausted, you don’t recognize your post baby body, nothing fits right and you don’t feel like yourself. So glamorous, isn’t it? Don’t get me wrong, it’s definitely all part of bringing a beautiful baby into this world, but we put so much effort into making sure the baby is okay, that we often neglect doing the same for ourselves. Here are just some of my tips for looking and feeling your best as a new mom! 

1. Get Showered & Dressed Everyday: This may sound like the most obvious thing in the entire world, but when you have been up all night with your baby, usually the last thing you want to do is actually get ready in the morning. But taking the time to do so will make you feel so much better. Even if you are just changing out of yesterday’s pajamas and into a fresh pair, freshening up will give you the little bit of extra energy that you need to get through the day! 

2. Treat Yourself To Something New: You often hear new moms talk about how nothing in their closet fits, or that they are so sick of wearing their maternity clothes. For most of us, losing the extra baby weight doesn’t happen over night. But instead of waiting until you fit back into your regular clothes, I would suggest treating yourself to one new outfit right away. No, it’s not the regular size or style that you would normally buy, but having something new to wear can make you feel a little more excited to get dressed in the morning. You don’t have to spend a lot of money, but you just gave birth to a baby after all, so you deserve it! 

3. Invest In Black Leggings: The number one thing I think us moms swear by during the first few months is leggings. Of course we live in them around the house, but they are also great for dressing up a bit when you have to run errands and go to appointments. It’s important to invest in a good pair of black leggings. Ones that fit perfectly, wash well, and will continue to look good after many uses. I recommend getting a pair that are high waisted (to hide anything you may want to hide) and in a shape wear material. Trust me, they will be your best friend. 

4. Two Words: Granny Panties: Okay, you all know what I am talking about here. The ‘wonderful’ underwear and bras we get to wear now that baby is born. But in my opinion there are two types of underwear we can choose from; the granny panties that literally belong in our grandmother’s closets, or the granny panties that are slightly more, dare I say, sexy. Do yourself a favour and look for something with patterns, lace or any sort of design. The plain beige ones may be practical, but they aren’t going to help you feel good!

In the end, getting through the new-mom stage is all about making yourself feel better the best way you can. If it’s by getting yourself a new outfit, some “sexy” granny panties, or going out to meet up with a friend for coffee, you should always do what you need to do to fill your own cup first. Being a mom can be intense but just remember that you are doing great, and that you’re worth it, Mama!

{Thank you so much to Brooke for taking the time out of her busy life to write us up some words of advice on “mommin'”. Be sure to check out her blog and her Facebook page! Would you like me to feature more posts on parenting, or should I stay with the themes I’ve been covering? Let me know on my Homemaking on Howard Facebook page. Thanks for checking in!}


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