With each baby of mine, I was guilty of falling into what I like to refer to as, “The Newborn Coma.” All of you moms out there know what I mean all too well — those weeks that often turn into months where you barely recognize the difference between day and night, when you’re so exhausted that you begin to do highly illogical things (like put your shoes in the freezer — yes, that really happened), and you generally feel a little piece of or even your whole self slowly slipping away.
Here’s the thing — it’s ok to lose yourself in motherhood. Just make sure that you find yourself again.
My third and final baby turned one in February, and it was then that I realized it was time to get more of myself back. I found it much easier to bounce back into the person I wanted to be with one kid, and two was a little more challenging…but three was an entirely different ball game.
On May 15th, I started the keto diet because I have it in my head that I’m going to feel amazing and get back to my high school weight. Don’t crush my dreams, y’all. It’s happening.
In fact, I’m writing it here to better hold myself accountable.
I was also toying with the idea of getting my hair colored, because wait for it — I hadn’t gotten it done, aside from a cut or blowout, in almost four years. This coming from the girl who experimented with funky new colors and highlights on a bimonthly basis for most of my life. This self-care thing is tough as a mom sometimes, but it is so important.
Last weekend I found myself sitting in the adorable Gloss Beauty Boutique in North Central Austin, swooning over the modern decor and bright light. They nailed it — I seriously want my house to look exactly like this salon.
Laurie was professional, adorable, and an incredible stylist. She made all my balayage dreams come true, and I still can’t believe that she achieved this transformation in one session. I had forgotten how good it feels to get my hair done, and I have gotten so many great compliments on it.
I solemnly swear to be more diligent about self-care. Who’s with me?