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Monday, September 16, 2013

HATCH fall collection

Confession: These first few months after having a baby have been a little wobbly. The newborn stage is magical and delicious, but I had forgotten what it's like to be so mind-numbingly tired. So, I've been trying to do a few things every day to feel like myself. I read the New Yorker on my phone. I chat with funny parents at the playground. I shower and blow dry my hair every morning. It's funny how those little things—especially, somehow, clean hair—can make a big difference to feeling centered and refreshed.

As for what to wear, HATCH just came out with their fall collection. I wore some HATCH maternity clothes when I was pregnant, and they made me feel beautiful. But a great thing about HATCH is that you can wear their pieces after pregnancy, too. The flowing styles are flattering to all body types, and I love how effortless they feel. (I'm eyeing this top for nursing, and how chic is this cape?!)

What do you do when you need a boost? Read a good book? Call an old friend? Sneak off for a pedicure? Drink a big glass of wine? I'd actually love some suggestions! :)
(This awesome little dude likes to party all night. Anton, go to sleep!)

(HATCH is one of Cup of Jo's beloved long-term sponsors. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make Cup of Jo possible)

109 comments:

Regine Karpel said...

He is beautiful, Joanna!
God Bless!
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I really like the collection and the baby is super cute :)

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Natasha said...

When I feel I look awful, I put on a very bright lipstick and put my hair in a bun. I already feel less miserable and tired. :)

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cortney said...

i feel you, clean hair is life changing for me! a good friend who is also a mom says that when her one year old wakes up she hops in the shower every morning instead of going straight into his room to get him. it was a very obvious "DUH MOM" moment for me. life changing.

Natalia Kleynberg said...

A good workout makes me feel sooo good for the rest of the day. The more I sweat, the better I feel later:-)

Nancy Cavillones said...

I try to nab whatever alone time I can, because I have two older ones besides my one month old. I take the baby with me, usually, because he just sleeps anyway and babies are so portable at this age. But I'll go have coffee with a friend, go run errands. Lately, I've taken to hanging out in the bedroom with the baby at his bedtime. He goes to sleep and I read a book or diddle around online, while my husband takes care of the other kids. Basically, I hide. LOL.

Laurel Cyr said...

I love to go for an early morning walk. My son is 6 months old and still nursing but has slowed down lately. I get up early and pump and then go for a long walk while my husband tends to the little man. It gives them some guy time and I get a chance to clear my head. I feel so calm when I do it! Walking around before 7am is a little magical, especially In a city.

Jaclyn said...

What a beautiful, healthy little guy! Im sure you are doing a wonderful job.

Erin said...

He's gorgeous, and I'm so glad to hear that you're taking time for yourself too. Sorry to hear he's not a better sleeper - hopefully the new apartment will bring its own baby sleep magic, once things get settled down.

S said...

Go alone to one of your favorite places to read a book and have a chai latte, or ask your sweet husband to stay home with the little ones while you go off to the movies alone or with one woman friend to see a movie that you really want to see.

Amanda B said...

Oh man, Joanna. My son was never a solid sleeper. I feel your sleepiness. Even as a toddler, he sleeps maximum 10 hours at night, and only a 1.5 hour nap. When I need a boost, I go to the studio for my yoga, I make an "emergency" chiropractor appointment *smiley face*, and buy something. Buying something that we need always gives me a boost, because it's one thing off the checklist, but still get in my retail therapy. Good luck! PS I fear having a second baby. It's been so hard this first time around, for the last 15 months, with no childcare, two working parents and no family around. I bow down to parents who figure it all out!

margaux said...

i remember the glorious feeling of clean, blowdried hair in those early days. if my hair was "done", it made everything feel a little less "undone." in the same vein, i got in the habit of first thing in the morning, washing my face, moisturizing and putting on some gel bronzer, blush and lipstick. it made me look and feel a little more alive and hid the dark circles and blemishes.

themessyjessy.com said...

Getting out/talking to friends is definitely necessary for me at those times, even though that always seems hard for me when I need a boost.

Kate Harvey said...

I put on red lipstick! Or go for a long walk in the early morning air.

Amy Lauree said...

Oh dear, night time party babies are not easy! Especially with an older one to care for too. I would always try to shower too, put on a bit of make up and wear something comfy but not frumpy, like a nice tee and pants and a simple necklace.
The Hatch clothes look beautiful, I'm almost glad I'm not pregnant anymore so I'm not tempted to buy all of them!

Angela said...

I'm no mother, but when I feel exhausted and worn out, I like to take a "personal Sabbath"...just going to my favorite cafe, drinking a cup of coffee or tea with my favorite pastry, and disconnecting from media. I don't know if you like to journal, but I am a huggeee fan of journaling. So I usually bring my journal, and while listening to smoothing music, I write about everything and anything. And someone encouraged me to journal a list of all the things I am thankful for during these moments. Journaling usually always helps me see the world in a better light and have inner peace even though reality seems messy. Also taking long walks in scenic areas by myself also helps too!

Sometimes I have a "personal Sabbath" for the whole day, or just a couple of hours, but it's so restoring! :) Hope it helps!

Christine said...

In the early weeks I used to love just doing simple things like washing the dishes! It meant my arms were free ;). Nowadays I like to go for a coffee, read books in the library, go to the farmers market, even grocery shopping on my own. And yes a shower helps me too! They seem harder to obtain these days with a toddler in the house.
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Samantha said...

I agree with the other posters that said go for a quick walk. It always helps wake me up and make me feel better about everything. Wine sounds good too. Maybe a walk followed by a glass of wine. You would be ready to take on the world. :)

P.S. Anton is soooo cute! His little rolls. Gah! I am due with my first baby tomorrow...so I will be entering into the sleepless time soon (hopefully very soon, like today would be awesome. I feel like I am going to be pregnant FOREVER).

PeaocksWalter said...

I make myself a kick-ass playlist (especially dorky/guilty pleasure songs that make me happy - hello John Denver!) and I go for a nice. long. walk.

Next thing you know, your baby will be in the 6th grade telling you he's going out for pizza with the guys after school via text. (sniff)

Hang in there...you've brought me such daily joy for all of these years and I am thankful. Sending good thoughts your way! Your boys are so lucky.

Fancy Pants said...

Lipstick! Even at home. When you catch a glimpse of yourself you'll feel so made up.

Also, a long hot shower while my husband takes the baby out of the house so I can be 100% certain I'm not hearing crying and just enjoy the hot water. (I heard phantom crying for months though!!).

Emily M said...

I know what you mean- during my maternity leave, my husband worked long hours and my friends all worked so I had some long, tired, rather lonely days home alone, which was hard. Little things seemed to help- a cup of really good coffee to get going in the AM. Music: I would alternate by day to break up the week (Reggae Mondays! Bluegrass Wednesday!). Pulling out some old favorite albums helped boost my energy and spirits. And just keep telling yourself this is not permanent- you will be back to feeling like your old self before you know it ! :)

Alexa said...

Hi Joanna, I need a boost too. My son is ok at night but screams ALL day. Very colicky! And I have a very demanding 2.5 year old, so I hear ya. When my husband gets home I either try to sneak out to a coffee shop for half an hour for some peace and quiet, go on a walk by myself or call my best friend who is going through the same thing with two little ones. Hang in there, it will get better and you aren't alone!

Cathy said...

Anton's a cutie. Man boobs!! haha

Gabriella said...

Clean and nicely styled hair makes a big psychological difference! In general, a little at-home spa treatment and nail painting always makes me feel a little fresher and more awake.

thekittchen said...

When I need a boost it can be fun to put on a nice dress and go to dinner. Or, sometimes the trifecta of wine, cheese, and chocolate is the best pick me up.

Lauren Doxey said...

I am in love with Anton's man boobs. So adorable! When I need to feel like myself I read trashy magazines like People or Us Weekly and give myself a pedicure. That always seems to perk me up!

The Slow Pace said...

Wow! Those clothes are fantastic! I love them and I'm not even pregnant! I'm sorry I can't give you any piece of advice, but I do hope the moving day was as lovely as possible and wish you and your family a nice new life in your new appartment!
xx,
E.
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Abbey said...

Anton! So cute! Loooove all of Hatch's line.

chimeblahblah said...

I love it! I am going to style my hair everyday too. I'm not a new mother, but I relate to the tiredness that goes along with a very busy schedule. I try to get dressed everyday. I spend a majority of time studying, which requires little getting ready. I always feel better when I'm in proper clothes (not leggings and an oversized sweater) and red lipstick. It makes me feel fancy, even if I', spending the day in the library.

Anna said...

Go out and get a manicure and pedicure! It's a doable amount of time to be away from the baby (especially while breast feeding), but you feel so much better afterwards. Sure, the mani only lasts a few hours or a day at most due to all the diaper changes, but it's so nice to have an hour to yourself to read trashy mags and be without child.

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girlseeksplace said...

I'm not a parent, but sometimes I still need a little down time. I recently got a Kindle Fire and absolutely love it. It's like having a tiny computer. The aspect I love most, though, is that it's backlit so I can read in the dark. Now, when I need some alone time, I curl up in bed with the tablet and read to my heart's content without any light.

Megan F said...

"Anton, go to sleep!" made me laugh. I remember begging my son to do the same thing at 3AM. (He's 3 months old now and sleeping much better... thank goodness.) Exercise was key for me, even if it was just a long walk before I got the official OK from my doc. A good mental release and helped me feel more awake. Yesterday I went to yoga and then to the grocery store alone. Sanity restored!

Beth said...

I'm 5 1/2 months pregnant and excited to be able to buy a few thing from Hatch! I was curious to know others found their sizing (true to size, runs big/small) I'm still trying to figure out how to buy around my bump!

Margaret said...

youre so right - the hair thing is totally huge! a glass of wine at the end of the day (whatever that means!) is also major. good luck! we are huge fans of sleep training early on, as it worked so well for our daughter, and selfishly we just had to start sleeping, but of course thats a personal decision. hope the move went well!

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Michelle Ash Latham said...

That chin! Those rolls! What a beautiful boy :)

I love all of the stripes in the Hatch collection. Plus it all looks super comfy -- equally important!

Aja Lake | the gold hat. said...

With a five-month-old baby and a (nearly) three-year-old, I'm just beginning to see the light beyond that mind-numbing exhaustion (it is a doozy--phew!). This weekend, a group of my best, childhood friends and I are loading up our kids (four moms, six kids--including two babies under six months!) and heading to a cabin at the springs for a long weekend (à la the Ya-yas). While, with little kids, you take trips, not vacations, it will be fun to hang out, remembering that we're all in this together. Plus, after the kids are soundly sleeping, it will be great to drink a glass wine and have some good laughs with my girls.

P.S. Clean hair is the key to life. xx

Eriannejoy said...

He is the cat's pajamas, so very cute!

Melanie Price said...

Oh my goodness...Anton is so adorable!! And I love this clothing line. Such beautiful pieces.

To feel centered I will go for a brist walk while listening to some awesome tunes or read a book while either a glass of wine or warm chamomile tea...depending on the time of day/occassion. Usually wine wins!

Have an awesome day!
Melanie

Caroline Alexander said...

Getting a manicure in a bright color and ditto what someone else said about lipstick. Your little party animal sure is cute though! And one day he will sleep through the night...I promise!

Fisher Sisters said...

I love how honest you are on your blog- even about the hard things like being sleep deprived and not feeling yourself! You've created a community of women from all around the world that can come together and offer advice and encouragement to one another. How beautiful.

What I do when I need to recharge:
-Go for a walk or jog outside.
-Get a venti iced vanilla chai latte from Starbucks. (it's enough caffeine to perk me, but not so much that I crash after. And it has such a delightful, comforting taste!)
-Take a long bath and read a total mind candy escape book. I recommend the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.
-Or take a long hot shower and exfoliate! I don't know what it is about exfoliating... I feel like I can sluff off whatever happened that day and emerge with extra soft skin. And something about having soft skin just feels womanly and nice.
-Put on my favorite pants- comfortable but still flattering, a white shirt (tshirt, button down or sweater... depends on my mood.) and red lipstick. It's an easy, classic look.


Sometimes I don't have time for all of those comforting things, so I just have to settle for one, but they all bring some measure of comfort.

I also repeat Phil. 4:6-7 to myself- "...the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." I love the idea of peace guarding my mind!


I hope you get some peace and time to recharge!
-Lolly

Monica Mulhern said...

Your little late night partying chunker is gorgeous. Good luck Joanna, I have one of those also and he still wakes by five am everyday...he is nine now. =)

Patsy said...

Two opposite sources of comfort: heat and cold. A tip for exhaustion that I found really worked was to get into as hot a bath as you can stand for 5-10 minutes (or more, if you can swing it). Your skin gets a snappy, zingy sensation, even beyond what you'd get from a normal bath or shower, and it feels somewhat reminiscent of energy from rest.

On the other end of the spectrum, I would make a pitcher of unsweetened decaffeinated iced tea every morning and drink it throughout day, with plenty of ice. So, ice! Ice in a real glass. The cheering clink seems extra luxurious when you're dragging on the floor from trying to help someone else be comfortable.

My kids are 9 months and almost 2 1/2, so I actually still do the iced tea routine and even the piping hot bath as an emergency measure. And finally, though you'll have to be willing to say cavities be damned, a tiny change that helped me a lot was to have glass of juice at my bedside for night feedings, both to wake me a little via my taste buds (before I could just roll over and nurse on my side) and to keep me hydrated.

So apparently I looked a lot to liquids to help me with the newborn stage. But I felt so leaky anyway, I guess I needed to fight fire with fire?

ccr said...

Ugh. I feel you. I was up all night with my toddler who has suddenly decided she needs to nurse like a three week-old again. :-/ Coffee, lip gloss, messy bun. These are my go-tos.

Regarding HATCH...they're gorgeous clothes, but I feel like they would only look good on super tall women. I'm so petite (under 5') that I feel like it would just look like I was wearing a sheet. Any other short folks out there who've had success with this line? Or any chance they're going to come out with a petite line?

ccr said...

I love the idea of a "personal Sabbath," even if only for a couple of hours!

Katie Peshek said...

Anton is darling! When my son was small, all my favorite stress relievers (hot baths, wine, good books) just put me to sleep, ha!

I second the recommendation to take a long walk with coffee and an audiobook. And lots of trashy entertainment magazines - my friend calls them coloring books for adults.

Good luck, and hang in there!

Grace Beekman said...

I definitely go for a tall glass of wine. SO good.
And what an adorable little guy! Chubby babies with big marble eyes make the best babies. ;)

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Jill GG (good life for less) said...

I remember those days... that bone tired feeling of a new mom is the worse! I always find that a little uplifting music can easily change up my mood! Plus, the kids usually love it too! So go on and crank some Pandora!

Anna Sörmark said...

Hi, greetings from Sweden! My boy turns one next week, and he has been a crappy sleeper almost all his life.. phew. I agree with the shower bit - clean hair makes such a difference! I also liked to go out grocery shopping when my husband came home, just to get some time on my own. After a while, my husband and I started switching sides in the bed after I had nursed the baby, so I could put in ear plugs, ignore the baby and get a couple of hours of sleep. Hang in there!

Laura said...

That is a very beautiful bible verse. I also kept a little devotional book in my nightstand and would read it every morning. My son was terrible at sleeping for the first four months and I also suffered from bad post-partum depression and I remember my sister telling me to get up and shower every morning. Something about showering gave me the courage to start every day with a positive attitude. I would also try and incorporate some form of makeup, whether it was mascara or a little blush. You can do it. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

Jesse said...

these clothes make me want to be pregnant again:)
and good for you for finding the ME time, joanna. it is so essential to sanity. and p.s. you deserve it, lady!

Annie Green said...

For me, it was always being alone. In the bath with coffee and a book. Sitting quietly with coffee, in front of the fire, flicking through interior design books. Not talking. Not being touched. Just getting time to do absolutely...nothing. It paid off. And you are right to do this otherwise you might lose mind or your way. Kids look gorgeous so carry on doing what you are doing!

Krista S said...

I love to watch standup comedians on YouTube. I especially love to watch vintage pieces, like the roasts they used to do with people like Dean Martin, Lucille Ball, Bob Hart...comedians used to be really funny, sharp, quick, smart. (Yup, some of them still are, but back then, all of them were!)
Hang in there! You're doing a great job. And your hair looks fantastic. :)

Annie Green said...

For me, it was always being alone. In the bath with coffee and a book. Sitting quietly with coffee, in front of the fire, flicking through interior design books. Not talking. Not being touched. Just getting time to do absolutely...nothing. It paid off. And you are right to do this otherwise you might lose mind or your way. Kids look gorgeous so carry on doing what you are doing!

Krista S said...

um *Bob Newhart

l&h said...

Oh hang in there!! I know it's so rough. I hated being tired. To make myself feel a bit more normal, I would shower (I had bought a nice-smelling lavender soap which felt like a mini trip to the spa) & actually put some thought into getting dressed. And when I could, I'd take a little walk to the coffee shop where I could interact with friendly people. Little windows of light! Hang in there!

Susan M. said...

Like other posters, clean hair, yoga (even just 2-3 rounds of sun salute really help), walking. Also disconnect from laptop etc and sleep or read an actual novel. I can't get away long enough from breastfeeding my 3-month-old, but soon, once she is a little older and sleep trained, a massage!!!
Music also can give an immediate boost and change the mood for little ones too. Just "discovered" Lauara Mvula. I've been missing out.
Anton' chub is perfect!

Blue Orchid said...

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nikki leathe said...

Such cuteness!

Nikki said...

I often wait til my husband gets home from work then go late night shopping. I don't usually buy anything, it's just nice to grab a coffee and be on my own for a bit.

Betsy said...

I watch Hulu on my laptop propped on my bathroom wastebasket while taking a "as hot as I can stand it" bath. Steam clean your body and mind. I tried drinking wine while doing this once, bad idea. But a giant glass of water and a cool shower make for a perfect evening alone.

ps. I adore Hatch, have a girl crush on the designer and just hope the line is still going strong years from now when I do have kids.

Emmy M. said...

Hope you are able to catch up on some sleep!

I really like going on nice long walks if the weather agrees. Otherwise, it sounds kind of silly, but going on Pinterest is so relaxing for me! I love to just pin images of interior design-related stuff onto a board that would be like my fantasy home. It's the same pleasure I get from reading magazines- another one of my favorite ways to treat myself. Going to the bookstore with a coffee drink and reading design and fashion magazines is the best.

Emmy M. said...

Also, another tip for relaxation by yourself: I really like products by Origins (which is carried in Macy's stores too), and they have this great thing called the "hug" that's like an aromatherapy pillow you put around your shoulders. I have the "feel good" hug with ginger, but there's also the "relaxing" one with lavender, and a stress relieving one. You warm it up in the microwave and it's seriously wonderful. They make for great holiday presents.

Christen said...

I'm pregnant with my second and am anticipating reliving those wonderful, blurry newborn months. I know you are oh so exhausted, so no rush of course, but I can't wait to read your birth story. Good luck!

Abby said...

I go for a long walk or exercise, and sometimes I treat myself to a fancy Starbucks drink that feels like dessert (pumpkin spice latte, such a dream). Anything to slow down for just a moment. Good luck!

J.Mill said...

Long bath with something thought provoking on NPR (I use the app to pick the stories I want to hear and the voices are always so calming!).

Meditation - even if it just means there is a door between you and everyone else in the house and it's quiet in your room. Put instrumental music on Pandora and zone out!

Nell said...

I give myself a scalp/ear massage to hit stress relieving acupressure points (it really works!), put essential oils in my shampoo and conditioner (geranium, petitgrain and lavender are great for post baby stress), do yoga, drink pinot noir out of a billowy and fancy glass, indulge in magazines and try to wash my sheets more often so I always have a delicious smelling bed to collapse into. p.s. I love your little guys baby boobs! so cute!

Nell said...

I almost forgot: watch Curb Your Enthusiasm and eat parmesean dusted popcorn = a must!

Chelsea Elizabeth said...

Beautiful collection! And I seriously cannot imagine the tiredness that must come from having a newborn

Bridget said...

When I need a break, I go to Bar Method. It is a fantastic respite from the day and much cheaper than therapy! I also love to get up early before everyone else in the house and read the paper and have breakfast. Typically I like to treat myself to a mani-pedi and then have a glass of wine or a puumpkin spice latte but since I am pregnant, I stick to a Doctor Brown's cream or cherry soda or a Pellegrino.

Aslyn Lapham said...

What awesome maternity wear!

LPC said...

I didn't solve this during the baby years. But now, 25+ years later, here's what I think.

GET. SLEEP.

If I could talk to my young self now, who couldn't stand to sleep train BTW, I'd have told her to get the woman she most trusted to follow her (i.e. my) values in child-rearing to come for a week.

Then I would have told her to do whatever (I, she) could to pump, and be OK with formula for a little while, and to put that woman and the baby in a room, and (me, her) in another and (my, her) husband on the sofa and I would have SLEPT.

Her. She would have slept.

Then have been ready to face life after.

All my best dear. It's just not easy in the modern world, for those of us with a certain emotional makeup and a certain set of values.

Robin said...

Such a great post! I just wrote my own about "self care tips for new moms" (http://www.thebalancedlifeonline.com/motherhood-mondays/10-self-care-tips-for-new-moms/). I totally agree with the clean hair effect. Another tip of mine was to buy postpartum clothes because the postpartum body is the hardest to dress! These Hatch pieces would be perfect :)

Nicki E said...

For those times when youre stuck at home with a fussy or cluster-feeding baby, i found that having some comedy shows or romcoms helped, some good magazines or.blogs to read helped me feel connected to the outside world. Special teas or a good coffee maker feel like great treats on a rough day. And so do special soaps and shampoos. Im due with #2 soon and have already stocked up on aveda energize shower gel and mint shampoos. I also keep all of the ingredients for my favourite muffins on hand at all times. That way, when i have a free 15 mins i can do something quick that lets me feel productive AND makes the housr smell good!

Nicki E said...

For those times when youre stuck at home with a fussy or cluster-feeding baby, i found that having some comedy shows or romcoms helped, some good magazines or.blogs to read helped me feel connected to the outside world. Special teas or a good coffee maker feel like great treats on a rough day. And so do special soaps and shampoos. Im due with #2 soon and have already stocked up on aveda energize shower gel and mint shampoos. I also keep all of the ingredients for my favourite muffins on hand at all times. That way, when i have a free 15 mins i can do something quick that lets me feel productive AND makes the housr smell good!

Tess said...

His baby boobs are the cutest!!! What a little darling.

Brielle D said...

I actually read your blog for a pick me up! Something about the way you write/the content you feature is really calming and makes me feel centered. Keep it coming :)

jdawg said...

Apparently others have said it before, but it must be said. Anton has great boobies!

Emily said...

I still remember so vividly the Saturday my husband handed me a wad of cash, took the baby from me and told me to go to lunch and to go shopping and buy some new clothes. I know, that sounds really patronizing, but in truth it was incredibly liberating! He told me I wasn't allowed to come back home for 2 hours. This was when the baby was probably 4 or 5 months old. It was SO AMAZING.

The other thing I discovered felt really good during those intense early months was to do something really physical, like run or swim. I dunno if your little guy loves to be held as much as my girl did, but I feel like I barely put her down for the first 3 months! So it felt really great to do something that made me feel in total possession of my body for a little while.

BTW - he's adorable!

Molly said...

Oh boy, I hope you're both sleeping well soon! Pedicures always lift my spirits ~ there's just something so delightful about looking down + spotting cute, freshly painted toes :) And a walk is my favorite daily pick-me-up. Sending peaceful juju! xo PS > I just love your sense of humor + writing style! I want to be besties ;)

Maiken Day said...

Not sure if you've tried this yet, but making a switch in how I interact with my daughter in her nighttime feedings really helped. When she'd cry I used to go in and turn on a small lamp, check her diaper, and talk quietly to her while I fed her. When I nixed the light, diaper check, and talking she went from waking up 3-4 times a night to waking up once to feed. SO much more sane now-a-days. Hope it gets better for you soon!

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Ooh so many cute pieces!

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Georgia Christakis said...

what an adorable little chunk.

Laura said...

I completely agree with the hairwashing... I personally recommend peppermint tea to stay feeling fresh. My best friend brought me some in the hospital and it helped my breath, hydration and it picks me up (particularly if I am up for extended feeds at night)!

Danielle said...

Oh My God - that little face is too sweet!
My pick me up is definitely the pedicure, your blog and a "london fog" latte

Josephine said...

Oh Joanna, I know where you're at. I have 2 boys – the oldest is just 2 weeks older than Toby and the youngest just turned one. Both my boys were appalling sleepers for the first 10 months of their lives – waking every two (or less!) hours during the night. The year just past has been the hardest of my life. I have no miracle fixes for you (I wish I did!), but I can tell you that booking a visit from a sleep nurse was what turned things around with my youngest son's sleep patterns (this happened when he was 9 months but I wish I'd done it much sooner). She pointed out adjustments to try in our daytime routine that led to improvements in his day sleeps, that led to improvement in night sleeping. It wasn't an instant fix, but she gave us confidence in our methods and it led to much more peaceful nights! We're never guaranteed an uninterrupted night (in fact, our 3 year old wakes once almost every night to go to the bathroom), but we have solid systems in place for dealing with night wakings and I generally feel more at peace within myself.

How did I make myself feel better during the times of severe sleep deprivation? Hellishly hot showers, lots of chocolate, and wine when it was appropriate! Not overly healthy, but they were my snippets of sunshine.

GOOD LUCK!

norbi* said...

Hi Joanna,
Both of your cuties are just adorable! I love reading about Toby's conversations! A kid's way of words just fascinate me! Anyway, I know I am new in this "mom" thing in life (I am 16 weeks pregnant and everything is soooooo new!) but when I need a boost and just a disconnection for a few moments, I put this tiny lavander pillow ( http://www.amazon.com/Comforts-Pillow-Two-Tone-Lavender-Chocolate/dp/B000R712GC )over my eyes and turn on some classical music. Like "The Nutcracker Suite" or "The Carmen Suite" or Beethoven's "Pastoral Symphony". The scent of the lavender and the perfect music have a magical way. Even 10 minutes feels like a good 2 hrs power nap!

emily said...

During the day on maternity leave (9 months--I live in London, so that's normal) I had one pastry per day, with tea or coffee. Alone time wasn't an option, as we don't have a nanny or family close by. So Chloe and I would go out for cake and coffee every single day. Every Friday we'd meet up with the other moms/babies from my pre natal course. All the comments about wine/baths etc are great, but when sleep deprived those things would have knocked me out when I needed to stay awake/feel alive. Caffeine, butter, and flour saved me. In the middle of the night, I would text (whatsapp) with my west coast friends, 8 hours behind! That saved me during the lonely breast feeding sessions)....Anton=super adorable. But even more so I'm sure when he is sleeping!!!

Joy Acoustics said...

After having my little one, I found myself with so little time for myself. There were days where I realized late at night that I didn't spare even 5 minutes for my soul only .So, I started my blog about little pleasures worth sharing, just a dare to find time to find a little joy for myself every day, even if , there are days when my boys are the highlight of the day
http://joyacoustics.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/doctor-or-hospital.html

Adam, Belinda & Rondo said...

I have the same age kids as you Jo, a 3 year old and a 9 week old.
4 weeks ago I was diagnosed with post natal anxiety, it is living hell. having a baby can turn your life upside down.

Maggy said...

Stripes. All I see is stripes and I just love it. Always. Classic. Yes.

Unknown said...

Barhing my baby late at night (at 11) makes her really hungry and sleepy so she'll feed well and then fall asleep. My health practitioner recomended that when she next woke up her dad would give her the pacifier so I would get uninterrupted sleep for four or five hours. This made a huge difference from my previous two children who would nurse every 1.5 hours a night for the first six months. Anton is well fed(clue very cute man boobs) so he shouldn't miss one feeding a night. Good luck and thanks for keeping up the blog!

Unknown said...

Bathing not barhing....

megan said...

Anton is so precious!! Such a cute pic.

Terese said...

we have an anton too (named after my husband's danish grandfather)! he just turned 2 in june, the day his little sister was born! so we're (correction -- i'm -- due to my non breastfeeding husband :) ) also dealing with brain splintering sleep deprivation. will be sleep training in the next few weeks. eeks. ...hope your anton starts to sleep more! we'll send some good sleeping juju your way...

Chelsea said...

I haven't had a baby, but my dear friend Monika, who has a new blog, recently wrote about how red lipstick helped her get through a post-natal funk: http://alittlelessthanlovely.com/2013/09/09/red-lipstick-is-a-gateway-drug/

If any of you are in the same place, I highly recommend!

Unknown said...

I used "wobbly" as a term of expression for motherhood just the other day. I find these things to being crucial to brighten up your being: exercise (hands down number one) even if it's a short jog or brisk walk, make time. Kelly Oxford's book. Get help from a friend, who doesn't have kids, but loves yours enough to take them off your hand so you can sneak away from the rabbit hole. Neon yellow nail polish will definitely spark your heart...and so will the band Summer Heart.

Lots of love,
Rebecca

marissahuber.com said...

My baby is seven months old, but has started waking up at night again. Those early months are so hard, hang in there- and you are both amazing parents!

I tried to do one thing that made me feel normal each day too. The first time it was heating up a bowl of soup and making a salad for myself and my mom. Then it was working on some watercolors (15 minutes at a time). Getting out, a walk, a talk with a loved one, or just doing something that you love for you - not as a wife, a mama, etc.

Anton is adorable. And Toby's conversation at 3 made me laugh today!

Wendy Wainwright said...

I agree that showering and wearing clean clothes makes a huge difference. I will get up and shower and put clean clothes on and take baby boy to a coffee shop. Even if he only lasts about 9.4 minutes while I gulp coffee scalding my mouth I still feel like someone who has really got it together, to be out drinking coffee and people watching (maybe even reading an article!) with an infant! In clean clothes! Now that the weather is cooler sitting on a bench or on the grass with him is even hipper, isn't it? (Naysayers let me have my fantasy please :)

http://marginalia.wendywainwright.com

kir said...

Get a therapeutic massage! Perhaps you can find a therapist who will come to you!
Discounts for new mamas???

Mariana said...

Love Hatch! And love that 2-3ish month baby face, with the little smirky smile and the double chin and all. I have a photo of my now one year old with that same expression. Anton is adorable.

Fiona J said...

Hi Joanna, love the clothes! When in need of a boost, I used to go for a run when I had my daughter. I am currently unable to exercise after having had my second, but I find being able to take as long as I like in the shower makes me feel a lot better! And then any good old catch up with a friend making me feel like the old me is great too!

Fiona
x

http://greenlovinggirl.blogspot.co.uk/

Linda said...

ohmahgawd!! look at his little baby boobs! lol. they're kill me. he's adorable. =)

Maia said...

I;ve long admired Hatch when they launched, and been waiting to own their pieces when I became pregnant! But now that I am, I wish I could afford it, when I have to instead worry more about finances for my baby when he/she arrives. I wish they would offer some sort of contest, or reader appreciation shopping spree certificate! I would love to adore my body in their clothing line.

dinaclabaugh said...

I read your blog! Ha. I also live for yogaglo.com. Tiffany Cruikshank is my favorite instructor…and I've actually gotten to know her in "real" time too. $18/month. First month free. Tailor every class to your needs (i.e., time, type, instructor)…you can't go wrong. There is even pre and post natal classes! My husband and I do it every single morning. Namaste. ;)

Linda Browne said...

Just catching up on your blog and the line about you taking a shower every day and blow drying your hair really struck a nerve. My baby is 8 months and I still don't shower every day. Starting tomorrow I'm going to make myself more of a priority. Thanks :)

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Amy said...

I wish I didn't remember so viscerally how mind-numbingly tired I was in those post-birth months. Otherwise, I might have been inclined to have another. (Mine is just 3 months younger than Toby.) But cheers to you!!

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