A lot changes from your first child to your second. For me, I kind of lost myself to motherhood with my first. I was so in love and head over heels, I didn't take time to take care of myself. Working out was a foreign concept. Make-up grew dusty in drawers. My blow-dryer didn't see the light of day. My wardrobe stayed status quo, including a few maternity pieces. But I was ok with it because I knew this first time motherhood business was a once in a lifetime thing.
By the time my second daughter arrived, I was ready to get my act together. I'm trying to be more conscious about how I care for myself—outside and in. I'm carving out time for things that make me happy like writing, yoga, reading, and friends. I'm making better choices from head to toe so I feel confident each time I see myself in the mirror. I'm a better mom these days. I may not be as cautious and psycho about germs and food and toys but in exchange my daughters get a happier, more confident mami.
Jennifer Lopez agrees it's important for mamis to take care of themselves. "We tend to give away a lot. We take care of a lot of people, and we can't forget to take care of ourselves," she recently told People. Amen to that! I think as moms we forget that if we are happy and nurtured then we'll be much better parents. It's easy to forget this when you're taking care of little ones.
My next take-care-of-me tasks are to sign up for yoga again (haven't seen the studio in over a year!) and set up a regular date night with my hubby. What do you do to take care of yourself?