Taking 30 Minutes For Me

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Now, more than ever, I’ve found that taking 30 minutes to relax and rejuvenate each day allows me to be the best version of myself. I was told by multiple parents that it’d be hard, especially during these first few months, to find time to do much more than shower each day but, if possible, take 30 minutes to invest in myself. I took this advice to heart, and thanks to Bo’s support, have been able to enjoy at least 30 minutes each day the past few weeks to relax and disconnect. This is the one time each day when I allow myself to be free of a to-do list, any household chores and just indulge in my favorite things.  After seeing a few other people share their self-love or self-care routines, I thought it’d be fun to share mine.

By 9:30 most nights Katie is fast asleep in her bassinet and I am able to transition my mind to relaxation. I head downstairs and pour myself a glass of wine, before going back into our bedroom. I often reach for an oaky Chardonnay or a fruity Pinot Noir and am working my way through the bottles we bought during our Babymoon in California. Once I’m back upstairs, I light my favorite Diptyque candle and then change into something more comfortable. After wearing a nursing bra and clothes that are nursing-friendly but not necessarily the most feminine or flattering, I spend my nights in something a bit more feminine. When Lively offered to send me a pair of set of their matching bra and underwear, I laughed, thinking that there could be no worse time to offer lingerie to a woman. In fact, I dreaded taking them out of the bag, fearing the way my post baby body would feel in the black bra and underwear. Much to my surprise, I’ve started wearing them multiple nights a week as the silky, soft bra and underwear set is feminine but comfortable. The bralette is a perfect sleeping bra while the mesh trim makes it more fun than anything else in my drawer. Want to try Lively? You can use code AMB-healthyhappier to receive $10 off your order! 

The next order of business is trying to get my skin in order with a combination of brightening potions. A few nights a week I apply the Beauty Counter Brightening Face Mask while the other nights I apply the Brightening Facial Oil followed with a night moisturizer and eye cream. While I’d love to use one of the many stronger brightening products (specifically Rodan+Fields Reverse) you all recommended, most of them aren’t recommended for use during breast feeding due to the retinol. If you have another recomendation, please let me know as I’m tired of this pregnancy mask! I have also started using a moisturizing hand cream each night since the daily bottle scrubbing has started to wreak havoc on my hands.

Finally, I squeeze in 15 to 30 minutes of reading before going to sleep. While I initially found myself reading parenting and baby books, I have decided to switch gears and save those for daytime while my evening reading is strictly reading for pleasure. The stack of books next to my bed is embarassing and clearly points to a naive new mom who thought she’d spend all her nursing hours reading, only to realize that her baby currently requires two hands to hold and cuddle while nursing.  These are the books I’ve renewed multiple times at the library and am finally finding time to read now that Katie’s sleep is allowing me this nightly routine.

What books are you loving right now? What is part of your self-care routine?

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  1. Nicole August 10, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    I am reading the Harry Potter series for the first time and I am LOVING it. I never thought I would like it b/c i don’t like sci/fi or fantasy but this is just so good and so much bigger than a genre.

  2. Theodora August 10, 2017 / 2:12 pm

    I read How to Murder Your Life — it was fascinating! And since we are in exact opposite phases of life right now…I *was* reading a bunch of grief stuff, and am trying to switch to lighter stuff, too. Currently reading Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, which I so far recommend!

  3. Dorre August 11, 2017 / 1:44 am

    Just finished Lucy Sykes — fitness junkie which was really great and before that I read hello sunshine by Laura Dave which was fabulous too.

  4. Amanda August 14, 2017 / 5:54 pm

    I love the idea of taking a half hour for yourself each day. I can’t even imagine how much that must help your own mental health and self care.

  5. Amanda August 14, 2017 / 5:54 pm

    I love the idea of taking a half hour for yourself each day. I can’t even imagine how much that must help your own mental health and self care!

    • ashleyd August 15, 2017 / 12:39 pm

      It’s been WONDERFUL and more important than I ever imagined!

  6. Katie D. August 15, 2017 / 1:00 pm

    I recently read The Nightingale and All the Missing Girls. If it wasn’t for book club, I’d probably do no pleasure reading.

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