This has been a bit of an emotional week for me. After 3 years of being a stay-at-home mom and dedicating my every minute to my little Lucie, I am transitioning into working mom territory! I’ve spent so many days fantasizing about this day. I’ve enviously side-eyed the dressed-up, put-together-looking working moms in my elevator as I am hauling my screaming baby and dog for our morning walk in my same disheveled yoga pants look I’ve been rocking all week. I’ve had countless moments of feeling fed-up, exhausted, isolated, useless, and “ready” to return to work, but when I actually had opportunities, I freaked and realized I wasn’t ready to leave my baby’s side. I feel so beyond fortunate that I have had the privilege of dedicating myself to my baby for her first three years of life. I wouldn’t have had it any other way, no matter how many hairs I’ve pulled out of my head and extra wrinkles I have from exasperated crying. I admire moms that have worked from the start, and my heart goes out to the ones that have had no choice. I fully understand that we all have our different contexts and stories and that what is best for some is not best for all. But something that does make me sad is that I have felt more supported and celebrated about my decision to return to work than for my decision to be a stay-at-home mom. There is no bigger sacrifice you can make than to bring a life into this world and leave behind everything you used to know about yourself including your career, identity that comes with that, money, and general day-to-day life, in order to dedicate yourself to an exceedingly demanding tiny being. I wish that our society understood, honored and appreciated not only the sacrifices stay-at-home parents make, but also the extent to which this benefits our children. So, here is a big shout-out to all you stay-at-home moms and dads out there. I see you, I appreciate you, and I celebrate you!
Wish me luck on my next adventure! I miss my baby already :’(.
Top: Clu | Shorts: American Eagle | Shoes: Rebecca Minkoff (sale for $133) | Sunglasses: Chloe | Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff
One of the greatest, and most unexpected, rewards of motherhood for me has been an increased awareness about my body and health. I couldn’t help but see my body in a new light after having birthed my daughter. I mean, a miraculous little human being was made from two cells inside of me. My body’s journey from conception to pregnancy to birth to breastfeeding really and truly filled me with amazement at what we, as women, are naturally equipped to do (and endure!) for our babies. With this newfound amazement and respect for the human body, I started making some changes to take better care of my family’s health as well as my own. I started paying more attention to not only what we were putting inside our bodies, but also on them. I soon realized that a lot of our body lotions, bath products, deodorants and even make-up were heavily loaded with many toxins that were being absorbed by our bodies. I began choosing more naturally-derived products and became a label reader looking out for some of the main culprits like parabens and phthalates.
I wanted to share one of the coolest all-natural local artisan products that I have used. The name of the company is Me and a Tree. I first came across their soy hand-poured candles a couple of years ago at a local art fair and really loved it. The smell is awesome and since it’s made of soy, you can use it on the body, as well, and it is completely nontoxic when you burn it. More recently, I was pleased to see that they have expanded and have many more products including; face care, bath and body care, artisan soaps, essential oils and sprays! My poor Lucie is a mosquito magnet so I was psyched to see that they had a natural bug repellant and even a specific essential oil roll-on to treat bites! It works amazingly. All of their products are truly all-natural, organic, chemical-free, vegan, cruelty-free, AND eco-friendly. They really didn’t miss anything! I love the artisan soaps which can even be used as shampoo! Perfect for kids.
Hope this was useful for my fellow natural ladies out there!
What are some of your favorite all-natural brands?
How has Motherhood changed your perspective on your health and body?
Some of my most loved items are below. Find them and more at Meandatree.com :
Artisan Soap Natural Bug Repellant
Tea Tree Itch Stick Roller
Natural Body Lotion
Natural Sunscreen Biodegradable