What I Wish I’d Known During My 1st Month of Motherhood

It’s hard to believe that next month is already my son Greyson’s second birthday! In the midst of planning his party, I found myself reminiscing about those first few weeks after I brought him home. Sleepless nights; tireless feedings; moments of abounding joy— being a new mom of an infant can be overwhelming. Now that I’ve gone through it, I wanted to share some of the things I wish I knew sooner. 

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1.Newborn eating habits can be somewhat erratic. My son cluster breastfeed some days and was fussy others and I kept thinking I was doing something wrong. After talking to other moms, I realized this experience was common.

2.Schedules take time to develop. With Grey, even after about five months, I found myself still frantically taking notes of his nap and feeding times, searching for a pattern. Nada. Even worse, I remember hearing my other mom friends touting how their newborn slept for six straight hours at six weeks. I realize now, they are not the norm!

3.Accept help. I was fortunate enough to have offers from friends and family willing to lend a hand. Most of the time though, I didn’t take them up on it. Big mistake. So many of us feel like we have to do it ALL ourselves but taking a little time for you is more than OK.

4.Not every baby likes to be worn. I swore the key to surviving that first month was wearing my son. I bought not one but three different kinds of carriers. He hated them all. Don’t assume because you want to be a baby-wearing mom your newborn does, too.

5.Get outdoors. I can’t tell you how great it felt to get outdoors even for a few minutes during the day. It helped my mood and was a refreshing break from my daily new-mom routine. Those of you expecting in the next few months should take a few moments every day to soak up the sun and nice weather!

6.Take photos of yourself with your baby. I have tons of delicious photos of him as an infant but hardly any of us together those first few weeks. Now I regret not capturing those moments, bags under my eyes and all. Don’t worry about being picture perfect; that is what filters are for!

I’d love to hear any lessons you learned during your first month of motherhood! And if it’s your first, I hope these tips come in handy!–Olivia

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Easy Beauty Tricks for New Moms

With sleepless nights and 3 am feedings, being a new mom leaves little time for a lengthy beauty routine. Gone are the days of curling irons and long, luxurious showers, but there are some super-helpful essential tips that can simplify and solidify your new mom routine:

1. Use an exfoliating face wash to brighten up your skin

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Basq’s Fresh Face Kit, which includes their rebalancing face cleanser, facial brush and cucumber tea eye gel, gently removes dead dry surface skin to reveal a brighter, more balanced complexion. Their cucumber tea eye gel zaps puffiness under eyes and refreshes and cools the skin.

2. Multi-tasking makeup

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Who wants to deal with the hassle of a multi-step routine? Concealer? Foundation? Powder? Forget it! Try an all-in-one BB cream and make it a one-stop shop for your face. Gently blend the BB cream around your face and you will be glowing in no time flat.

3. Mascara, mascara, mascara

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If there is any beauty product that will awaken tired eyes, it’s mascara! Choose a lengthening formula that helps to extend those lashes! Another trick is colored mascara in shades like navy and deep purple. These subtle tones help to bring out the whites of your eyes and make them appear brighter overall.

4. Hydrate!

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Drinking plenty of water is not only good for your health, but also for your skin! Hydration helps to restore dull, dry skin and helps to lessen the appearance of fine lines. Drink up for a fresher appearance.

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