Fourth Trimester

Fourth Trimester

POSTPARTUM UPDATE + PRETTY MINIMAL NECESSITIES

I can hardly believe it’s been almost three months since I gave birth.

If you want to read our birth story you can click here. I didn’t track any birth stories while I was pregnant but now I love reading them! I started postpartum, while I was stuck in the labor and delivery wing. The hospital considered ours a “dirty birth” so their pediatrician would not clear my daughter to be released for two whole days. Those two days were SO slow, I felt trapped and somehow stunted at the same time.

I just wanted to get home and “start” being a mommy.

fourth trimester personal post update

When we finally did get home I spent my time in our master bedroom with Baby Brown the majority of the day and night. She slept a lot, as newborns do, and I tried to remember to sleep when she did.

My husband and the family that visited were really great about making certain I was getting plenty of water postpartum. I am notoriously bad at drinking water so I bought this bottle while I was pregnant and the oversized straw seemed to help a lot. If anyone in the house noticed the bottle was empty they refilled it and brought it over to me, exceptionally helpful.

Since we were in the thick of summer I tried to drink even more liquids than were recommended. I ate lots of cucumber and watermelon, and anything else that could help hydrate me while I snacked.I had cooked and prepared about a month’s worth of frozen meals while I was pregnant. They come in handy on the days that I messed around and forget to eat, or just can’t catch the time to cook a well-rounded meal.

I regularly took ibuprofen until my milk came in, because it had been prescribed for my almost-skid mark. (If you’d appreciate a separate post on how I prepared for labor let me know.) Since I didn’t have any real postpartum tearing I started healing pretty immediately. I used the peri bottle trick with warm water and it helped immensely.

My tummy jiggling was bothersome but nice snug nursing tank tops helped with those strange sensations.

DRESSING FOR COMFORT

Those tank tops were basically all I ever wore out of the house. Couple them with the shorts I wore while pregnant and I had my daily postpartum uniform. I had planned on trying maxi dresses but they allowed for too much movement. At home I had a couple sets of these super soft pajamas to wear. They were roomy, looked presentable enough, and covered me up, but also allowed me to breastfeed without too much fuss. I sized up on full coverage underwear and ordered nursing bras from Amazon and was always comfortable.

PRIORITIZING BABY

Priorities really had to shift for the fourth trimester. For us: baby came first, then me and my postpartum recovery, then the home.Our house gets a little messy from time to time, and the laundry gets backed up, but those can get taken care of later. We focused on the family and it’s serving us well so far. Nothing that would interfere was welcome during this adjustment period. I even took maternity leave from blogging so that I could stay completely focused.

My husband and I went on our first date post-baby while my mother-in-law was in town and it was…strange. We both were relieved to have the alone time but also found ourselves thinking about our baby girl. I assume we’ll learn how to date again with time.

At this age and stage, babies are no longer even considered newborns, how are we here already?! If anyone has postpartum tips on slowing down and fully soaking up every drop of new baby goodness, leave them in the comments.

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hi, i'm v.

about v

Sticker maker, shop owner, Marine wife and mom.

ISTJ, Taurus, Type 5

I recently discovered bullet journaling, but have scrapbooked since grade school. I enjoy many aspects of papercrafting and share them here, along with any productivity tips I stumble across because ase I can tend to be a bit of an organization junkie as well.

You can contact me here.

what you can expect on the blog

  • papercrafting and journaling
  • intentional living and productivity
  • shop updates and behind the scenes
  • a personal post sprinkled here and there

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What’s in your shop?

Stickers first and foremost. I started the shop after I realized I wasn't the only paper girl who was itching for simple stickers for women of color. You'll find digitally illustrated sticker sheets, die cut stickers, and printable/digital stickers. 

Limited-time products also include: magnets, bookmarks, post cards, and greeting cards. 


How’d you get started?

I started the blog almost five years ago as an outlet for myself, but it quickly transitioned into being just about my hobbies: travel, taking photos, and scrapbooking.

Through my blogging journey I discovered bullet journaling and my scrapbooking passions were re-ignited. I began sharing my journey with these and quickly saw a need for the stickers I was already making for myself. I gave myself six months to open up a shop, and half way through my time frame we lived through a pandemic. During my time at home I now had NO MORE excuses, so I opened up my shop!


Why the name Love Becomes Her?

I started the blog on Halloween night and one of my favorite movies (Death Becomes Her) was on. I was a major cynic back in the day but I felt that the name suited the blog because at the time so many of my blog posts were around my long-distance relationship with my now-husband. I always assumed I'd change the name later, but I think I just love it too much. It reminds me of how far I have come with learning love

 

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