Postpartum Body | Realities

orbit upside down family photo basecamp Life after baby is pretty wonderful. We are settling in as a family of four and I couldn’t ask for a better partner in life and father than Neil. Edith is loving being a big sister and she is pretty amazing at it. While all that is wonderful adjusting to my new body isn’t going quite as well as I had originally hoped. Here is the reality….

  • None of pre-pregnancy clothes fit. I’m 5+ weeks postpartum and none of my pre-pregnancy clothes fit. It’s honestly a little defeating. I know it’s still early and I know from my pregnancy with Edith that they weight doesn’t just fall off for me.
  • Buying new clothes sucks. I have attempted to buy new clothes that fit my current postpartum body and honestly I am just feeling super defeated. I am trying not get get upset about the size on the tag but it’s really a challenge. I am also feeling frustrated because I honestly don’t know how to dress this postpartum body. Nothing seems to fit right or fall in a flattering way and well it’s no fun, none at all. I ended up buying a pair of cropped pants from Loft and I bought them because I didn’t hate them and they fit. Now wearing them I feel like an old lady. Blah.
  • Being kind to yourself is sometimes easier said than done. I know that I have a beautiful baby boy and I am less than 6 weeks postpartum and not cleared for regular activity but I am not happy with how I look and feel. I know I need to be kind to myself and I really try to remind myself of those great things but some days it’s just not that easy.

When I was still pregnant I was feeling really hopeful and positive about things but right now I’m feeling pretty down about it all. I had vowed to go shopping for clothes that fit well and to not stress about things but when you have 10 pieces of clothing and 9/10 don’t make you feel like you look good it’s really challenging to stay positive. I’m working on it though. Everyday is a new day and I know I need to work on being kinder to myself. I need to listen to my husband when he compliments me or encourages me to do things for myself. I need to realize that 5 weeks is not very much time and that right now I need to focus on healing taking care of myself and my family.

I know this post is kind of a downer but I wanted to share my realities. Life isn’t always rainbows and kitty cats. I’m not always feeling great and sometimes I find myself feeling negative about myself and my body. Now that I have said all this I can tell you I am already working on changing the way I think about things. Improving myself and my attitude. I’ll be posting more on that and my “plan” next week.

Have you ever felt down about your body? How did/do you deal with it? If you have had children how did you react to your postpartum body?  Two years ago I wrote a similar post all about my foreign postpartum body.

Weekend Adventures in Portland| Donuts and Brews

My parents are in town which means two extra sets of hands to help with Edith and Alder while I work on getting this house unpacked. We are slowly settling in and the boxes are starting disappear but then I remember we still have a small storage unit filled with boxes (ugh).  This weekend we were able to get a bit done but come Monday we decided to take advantage of the holiday and the beautiful weather and took my parents out for donuts, a walk on the esplanade and then out for brews.

For more photos and details about our weekend head over to Naturally Family. 

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@Foodie | 12 (More) Perfect Pasta Dishes

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by foodie.com. All opinions are my own.

It’s pasta time again! Who else loves pasta? I seriously could eat some sort of noodle dish every single day and for most meals. I love noodle soups, mac and cheese, Italian pastas, Asian noodle dishes and basically anything that includes some sort of noodle/pasta. Back in March I featured 12 Vegan Pasta Dishes for Your Sunday Night Dinner well here are 12 more perfect pasta dishes for any night of the week.  Lindsay Ingalls - Running With Tongs - Creamy Curry Butternut Squash Vegan Mac & Cheese This recipe collection includes a your more traditional Italian pasta dishes, Asian inspired and a few other favorites thrown in the mix. Some are hot, some are cold and some include non-traditional noodles such as butternut squash and carrots. I also wanted to make sure that I included a few really delicious recipes that could either be made in advanced or take around 30 minutes or less to put together for week nights.

Check out 12 (More) Perfect Pasta Dishes by Lindsay at Foodie.com

What is your favorite type of pasta? What’s your favorite pastas dish?

Runtastic #Orbit | Getting Back to Active

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Recipe | Nutty Honey Chocolate Bites | Blue Diamond Almonds

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Hood to Coast & belVita Prep You for a Morning Run! | +Giveaway

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