We are well into the third trimester with baby number four (due in just five or six weeks) and this time around I've been working extremely hard on self-care and self-respect. None of my pregnancies are what you'd describe as “easy,” but this one's definitely done a number on my body and I've noticed myself slipping into habits of nitpicking everything from my size to my skin to my own feelings. So we're nipping that in the bud, and I'm taking some actionable steps to celebrate me!
More than anything right now, it's critical that I go into this birth seeing myself for the confident, capable, beautiful human being that I am.
I hired a hypnobirthing coach to help me overcome some of the trauma of my last labor, and she's been big on encouraging indulgent little things just for me. Between Nate's work schedule and Some Boy's new kindergarten class, time constraints have been an issue but we're making it work. The other day I got to sneak over the the elementary school and enjoy lunch time with Some Boy and Sidekick, which totally made his day and helped put my mind at ease about what the heck my kid does when he's out of my care for so long.
It's just so much new territory for us, all at once. I'm really reassured when I can get these little concerns tucked away so I know I'll have one less thing to think about when baby shows up.
I bought myself some comfy clothes and have been prioritizing things like showers and drying my hair, putting on makeup and throwing on a necklace. It may seem silly, but there's something really empowering about carving out those personal care moments when you have three (almost four) kids!
My sister and I have had to make a couple unexpected treks to the hospital due to minor pregnancy scares, so I've actually started toting around a plethora of beauty goods in my purse. Little things that can keep me feeling halfway decent in case we happen to land there again – especially for an unexpected overnight visit. Lip balm helps when my mouth gets chapped as I have to use breathing techniques to manage contractions when my irritable uterus condition rears its ugly head. A hair pick – that metal spinny thing you see – pulls my hair up and off my face when I need my full attention elsewhere.
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On top of that, a foundation stick and eyeliner help me smooth out the effects of a long night if I need to go straight back into dialoguing with teachers or other people in the community. It's not so much that I care what others think, but certain people have gotten used to seeing me in makeup every day and I don't like the inevitable questions about if I'm sick or tired if I happen to run out without those things. It makes life easier, and it just makes me feel good to be put-together.
Which at this point is what it's all about.
How do you care for yourself during busy times? Do you have keep any purse essentials on-hand to turn around a rough day?
Thank you to OUR Skin Cares for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.