When I got pregnant I put a lot of thought into developing a maternity wardrobe. I wanted pieces that would fit my growing belly but were still true to my lifestyle and taste. I didn’t, however, give
much any thought to what my postpartum wardrobe would look like, and how I would be choosing the pieces it includes. In the first month and maybe a bit into the second after Hadley was born I really don’t think I even thought about my clothing other than a quick, “Am I wearing pants?” before walking out the door. It was just that low on my priority list. But now that I’m getting the hang of this motherhood thing I’m able to think about how I look and feel in my clothes.
When I began to think about how I was dressing postpartum I found that my go-to outfit / uniform was becoming over-sized dresses and leggings. The fact that it covered all the bumpy bits and gave the illusion that my legs are slimmer than they currently are is probably the main reason I’ve gravitated to this outfit combo, but the fact that it’s just ridiculously easy and comfortable is a very close second. But I was finding that I had about three dresses on repeat, and with the amount of vomit that I get covered in on a daily basis 3 dresses was just not going to cut it. So this past weekend I set out to find a few more pieces that would work with this new phase of my life. And as I searched the racks I found I had 4 criteria for the pieces that ended up in my bag:
- Does it cover the parts of my body that I’m not yet comfortable with after having a baby?
- Will it be comfortable in every single situation I may find myself in?
- Will vomit ruin this?
- Can I get to my boobs in under 30 seconds?
Life changes. Priorities change. So will your clothing requirements.
All that said, I know this is a temporary phase. I’m working hard to get a body that I’m both comfortable with and proud of. I’m not trying to “get my body back” because that body was in another life. A life much less full. My new body has some scars. My new body doesn’t have the greatest bladder control. But my new body also does really amazing things like feed my daughter and perform quite well on very little sleep. I am excited though to be a size and shape that feels right for me. I’ve been collecting some really great vintage pieces for the summer that I’m very excited to wear and are motivating me to exercise daily and eat healthy.
This past weekend Henry and I went to a flea market where interior design bloggers were selling some of their previously loved items. I was able to pick up a few treasures for Hadley Bear, despite how crazy it was to move around in there. Design lovers be fierce. And pushy…
Anyway, I got this beautiful wooden bear, a Life Factory bottle + lots of accessories for a really great price, and a secondhand Mini Rodini onesie still in good condition. I’m not sure it was worth the stress and nausea that the experience caused me, but I’m quite happy with the items I walked away with.
When we moved away from Helsinki I was feeling sad about leaving a city that I’ve grown to love so much. But I’ve been lucky and very very grateful to have many opportunities to go back for visits and I always enjoy my time there. That said, since Hadley’s arrival the city has changed for me. My favorite spots are still my favorite spots, but some of them are a little harder to go to with a stroller and/or some places would not be great if Hadley were to suddenly freak out. But it has been fun discovering parts of the city I never really considered without kids. There are some really wonderful spots that Hadley and I have both really been enjoying. So I’ll be starting a new post series, Hadley’s Helsinki, documenting our new favorite spots that are both baby friendly and still super-awesome.
Without a doubt our current most-visited spot is the kids section at Moko Market in Punavuori. Punavuori is perhaps my favourite neighborhood in Helsinki. I love the design, I love the old architecture, I love the water and the parks, and I. love. Moko Market. I also love Kaffa Roastery, and the kids area of Moko joins these two fantastic cafés together giving littles a great (and adorable) place to play while mamas catch up over the best coffee the city has to offer.
This little area at the back of Moko is decorated with bright colours, fun patterns and lots of whimsy. Even though Hadley’s not old enough yet to fully enjoy what this setting has to offer, it’s such a lovely place that we keep going back. Right now she enjoys staring at the brightly coloured flags hanging above her and interacting with the other babies at the tables. It also has a small stroller “parking lot” which is super convenient and it’s nice to be in a place designated for kids so if she starts screaming at a moments notice I don’t feel stressed out or try to frantically get out the door.
Stay tuned as we discover more baby-friendly spots in Helsinki.
And time continues to fly! Not quite as fast the first month, but certainly quicker than expected. Hadley has changed SO MUCH this month! She’s awake much more, smiles all day long, begun interacting with her toys and is in love with her new play gym. She has successfully grabbed her one rattle a couple of times but doesn’t really realize she’s actually holding it yet. Her favorite toy is the box of a Marimekko board puzzle we bought her. She can happily stare at that box for a full 30 minutes.
She has crawled a full 30cm on her own (at 6 weeks!) which made my jaw drop. When held in a standing position she takes really big steps. She is super strong and I am in trouble. Henry and I are taking bets when she’ll be walking. I doubt it will be long.
She loves skyping with Mummi/Grandma and puts on a show of just how cute she can be. She’s also a natural in front of the camera and is Mama’s favourite little model.
We still prefer going out and about and having a daily change of scenery, but on the days we do stay home I love to watch her and see all the news things she’s learning each week. The speed of development is incredible and I feel like if I blink I may miss something.
10 favourites from my weekly pinterest browsings. I’m on a bit of a neon kick right now. Enjoy!
While Hadley naps I’ve been busy working away on something new and exciting. A favourite pass time has been encouraged by many to be turned into a small business and so I’ve been hard at work making that happen. Here’s a little peek at what’s to come – let me know what you think and keep checking back for more info!
Last weekend as Hadley and I were hanging out the sun was setting in her nursery and the light that hit her was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. I ran to get my camera to try and capture this perfect, wonderful moment before the light left or the angel started screaming. I managed to get a few shots of the two most wonderful people God has given me and I simply cannot get enough of these shots. I am beyond blessed.
Hadley’s room is officially finished! Well… as finished as any room can be to an interior design lover. Of course it will continue to shift and have items added and removed, but I feel like this is the first room in our home that is actually complete. I had so much fun picking out all the pieces that are included here and I love how it turned out. It’s girly and fun without being over-the-top pink. I love spending time in here and can’t wait until Hadley is old enough to play and enjoy having such a nice big space to herself.
curtains from Ellos // ceiling lamp from Ikea (RANARP) // cushion covers from Ellos & H&M home // nursing pillow is handmade // rug from Urban Outfitters // duvet cover from Ellos // pink lamp from Ikea (BRÅKIG) // wallpaper from Ferm Living // mobile is handmade // laundry basket painted & upcycled from Kodin 1 // stool from Ikea (BRÅKIG) // crib bumper is handmade // “move mountains” print was self-designed // owl print by Ashley Percival // owl & bear prints from Strawberry Moth // dresser from Ikea (MANDAL) // highchair was a second-hand find
That went fast.
I can’t even count the amount of times I’ve heard mothers talking about how fast time goes when you have children, but I obviously never understood quite how fast. I feel like I just blinked and now she’s a whole month old. Crazy.
Anyway, in her one beautiful month of life this little girl has already grown and changed so much! We just has a neuvola appointment this morning and she’s already grown 3cm from her 50cm birth length and gaining weight like a champ. Our nurse was happy to see that Hadley is doing much better now that her impetigo is gone and her skin has completely healed from the blisters. She said several times, “she’s just so beautiful.” I know, trust me.
She continues to be quite the comedian with her facial expressions and she makes us laugh all the time. She loves bath time, other than the getting naked part. She has successfully slept in her crib for several hours on multiple occasions but still prefers to snuggle in bed with her mama. She loves to take naps by the window, just basking in the sunlight. She is the happy recipient of slobbery dog kisses. She loves foot rubs just like her mama. She is the light of my life.