Ok if anyone actually believes that this is what motherhood really looks like, you’re insane! I had been wanting to get dressed for my first post-partum outfit post for a few days, and finally found a window between feedings where the baby was sleeping, the weather was good, and I had enough energy to stay upright for a while. It took two full days to find that window.
If we’re being totally honest, this outfit lasted for the duration of the shoot and not a second longer! While it was cute, it wasn’t realistic for my life as of late, which consists of feeding the baby every three hours and trying to rest and get things done (like seemingly endless piles of laundry) in between.
Amalia is two weeks old today and I feel like I’ve been living in a blur the whole time. From everything I’d read and stories from all of my friends, I knew the first few weeks would be tough, but had no idea what the exhaustion could feel like. Besides being tired, I’ve actually felt pretty good. I have recovered physically pretty quickly, and honestly the hardest part has been nursing. She latches like a little champ, but my body had to get used to all the sucking which was incredibly painful for the first week or so.
We’re on a roll now though!
Things seem to be evening out, and we’re getting the hang of her schedule, despite the fact that something changes or we learn something new every single day.
Every day my belly shrinks a little more, and it feels good to look (and feel) more like myself. Granted, I have a way to go (I still can’t pull any of my jeans up over my hips) but it’s amazing how quickly your body can bounce back when breastfeeding.
I got this dress while I was pregnant, thinking it would fit shortly after. I didn’t anticipate the size of my chest though… Holy moly, I feel like Dolly Parton! I had to wear it with the buttons open, but I’m hoping by next summer when we’re done breastfeeding, I can wear it the way it was intended.