Outfit of the Day

“Bouncing” back after having a baby, tips and lessons I’ve learned over the years.

First let me say, I’ve never been one to “bounce” back, normally I land with a soft thud, and it takes me 9 months and a few breakdowns to get to a point where I feel good about myself again, (I know I should be more PC and love myself and my body, but that’s not me, I like fitting in my clothes and wearing a bikini so….whatever.)

This time I decided to try something new, I didn’t eat for 2 while I was pregnant (and when I had a craving I said a quick no,) and I’ve been watching what I eat since Aspen was born (instead of my usual, sugar fueled , Ms.Pac Man self.)

It’s working. For the first time I’m ok, I feel like I’m looking good and feeling even better…. Woo hoo.

I get dressed, even if it’s just in another bathrobe. After my first was born, I didn’t care, bathing was irregular, my clothes were often whatever I found on the chair from the day before , I had an “it’s all about the baby, who cares about me,” mentality.

Turns out that’s not very good for my mental health, getting dressed, doing my hair, putting on some makeup, that makes me feel better, more “Braunwyn,” and less dairy cow.

I chill. The first few weeks I take it easy, I’m doing what’s most important, bonding with Aspen, almost everything else can wait.

Bed share…It’s the only way any of my kids have slept, I’ve noticed in the past few years how scared new moms are taught to become…it’s sad, but honestly, sleeping with my babies is the most natural thing there is.

Nursing is hard. In case no one knows this, it hurts too. I’ve been lucky that it’s always come easy, but that doesn’t mean I’m immune to clogged ducts and cracked nipples …..currently writing this with a heating pad on mine.

Sleep deprivation is no joke, but you will survive, you might hallucinate a little, driving might not be the best idea, but you will survive ….it’s actually amazing how well I can function on no sleep, just don’t ask me to “math” or anything.

Let your husband sleep….seriously, if your nursing there’s no point, and the only thing worse then 1 sleep deprived parent is 2, I’m pretty sure Sean and I got into more fights when Bella was a baby at 4 am then all the other times put together.

Laugh. If you have the option to laugh or cry….laugh. Although you’ll cry a lot too, new babies make you feel everything so much more!!

To me this is the easiest age, it’s hard to mess up, they’re just so cuddly and lovable, they can’t roll their eyes or slam doors. It’s perfection, so relax and enjoy it, because the most important thing I’ve learned is how quickly it all goes by.

I’m sure there’s a ton more I’ll remember later…. but she’s done nursing and hates to be down, off to walk in bouncy circles!!

“Do you ever wear the same outfit twice?”

I’ve had a few people ask me this recently and the answer is…..”sorta.” 

The people that know me well, know I can easily wear the same Wildfox black sweats for days, I have the same cozy Target tanks I stock up on every spring that are pretty much my year round, at home , uniform…I like to be comfortable, and basically a human dish rag at home, but when I leave the house? That’s a different story, and the answer is rarely…..I rarely wear the same thing twice.

Before you think I’m absolutely insane, I want you to look up Rent The Runway, it’s hands down, my favorite site out there, originally I used to use it just for formal events, the age of social media and the fact that step and repeats are popping up everywhere, made re wearing my favorite dresses almost impossible (I’m shallow, whatever,) but now, I use it for some of my everyday looks, they have a monthly unlimited plan, and I’m always getting new, amazing things.

I still love to shop, my husband would probably say after travel and the kids school, my upkeep is our next largest expenditure (feel free to chime in babe,) but RTR is a quick, easy way for me to try out looks I’m questionable about without commitment.

I love getting dressed, I love the story clothes tell (if you met my mother I’m assuming this is genetic,) and I adore how certain outfits make me feel….so if youre a fellow fashionista and have time check them out!!


“Hey Honey, we’re only taking carry on’s!”

“Oh. Okay.”

(Insert long pause and perplexed face.)

Normally packing for Miami this wouldn’t concern me at all, I keep the house pretty well stocked with everything we could ever need and could (in normal times) make this trip without packing at all….but these are not normal time, these are “I’m 7 months pregnant,” times.

Nothing fits, finding a bathing suit this morning that could cover everything that needs to be covered took well over an hour (eventually I just said screw it and threw in a wetsuit,) and all my previous options for sundresses are now looking more like T-shirts.

Sean doesn’t seem to understand this, as I watched him throw a few shirts in a bag.

It’ll be ok right, I’ve come to think of packing as my superpower, and this is nothing compared to next months ski trip.

So my swollen feet can’t fit into the shoes I left there, no problem…I can’t see my feet anymore, so flip flops it is.

Big hat? I read somewhere that the bigger the hat, the smaller your butt looks, so I might just wear a sombrero on the plane.

1 kid…that’s right, I’m only taking Koa, a last minute one on one trip, and if you’ve noticed from previous pictures, my kids hardly wear clothes.

Ok. I got this. 

(Who are we kidding, we all know I’ll be shopping as soon as we touch down !!) 

Bon voyage!!