Y’all. Some days… Mama said there’d be days like this. Ready for some vulnerability?
Right now my kitchen is half-tiled and my clothes don’t fit. I’m washing bottles in a powder bathroom because I can’t walk to the sink, and the dishwasher is in the office. I am wearing black leggings in 90 degree weather because #mombelly.
Someone asked me this past weekend if I had been thrifting. The answer is largely no. My casual answer is simply “because keeping two kids entertained in a thrift store combined with the hope of buying anything remotely decent is not enjoyable”. There are a few deeper reasons though…
I like “weird” clothes, which is part of why I love a thrift store.
Vintage. Unique, bright patterns. High waists. Big hats. I am the girl who has a closet full of beaded tops and cocktail dresses but would struggle to find a plain black tee shirt in there. Well, that ain’t so great when nothing fits like it should. Deviating from the basics means you just look funny… not stylish. I don’t like the attention that comes with loud clothes because all I think about is “my waist doesn’t look like it used to”. I think I feel like I have to ditch that part of me “until I get back to ‘my normal size'”? You may say it’s silly, but it’s how my brain is working and I’m finding it hard to talk myself out of athletic wear.
Left to right post-partum: 2 weeks, 6 weeks, 3.5 months. I know it’s moving, it’s just moving to all these new places I’m not used to!
Back to my thrifting hiatus… I love to feel like I found a steal. But, when you’re decorating a house for the first time, you don’t need a house filled with unique steals. You need basics. Like solid, well-made furniture. And new rugs. And blinds. And, and, and… Hunting all of this down at a thrift store (with two small children in tow) is downright inefficient and frustrating most of the time. Which leaves retail, and for some reason that feels like cheating.
I’m not giving up on thrifting. I think I just have to find a new way to do it for this stage in life. I think it also means buying a few more basics than I am used to? #bringonthetshirtsiguess
Speaking of basics, let’s talk about hair. Specifically, post-partum hair loss. My hormones with this second pregnancy have been WHACK. If I’m being honest, post-partum recovery hasn’t been much better than being pregnant, hormone-wise. Over the last 6 weeks, I have lost a ton of hair. What’s hanging around is thin, dry, and doesn’t have much shine.
I’ve tried several different products over the last few months with no luck. Needless to say I was pretty interested when I saw a friend’s success with Monat. It’s an all-natural, paraben-free line that promotes hair health and new growth. It’s a local treatment (meaning it doesn’t cause hair growth in unwanted places), has a money-back guarantee, and the VIP program offers a reasonable discount on their products.
I am all about before and after pics over here, but not so excited when they involve exposing my bald head. Here’s hoping I will be posting some photos of thick, luscious locks pretty soon! And disclaimer (because some people are #crazzaay): I am not endorsing this. Yet. Just lettin’ you know what I’m up to over here.
So, to come full circle… Mama said there’d be days like this. She also said to “put your big girl pants on and figure it out”… so I guess that’s the plan. 😉