Just like pregnancy…postpartum/recovery has it’s own lovely symptoms!
Although I tore in two places my recovery really hasn’t been TOO bad,
and I really am so dang thankful for that.
Of course it also helps having a ridiculously cute newborn to keep your mind off the pain.

I’m not going to go into too much detail about postpartum recovery because it really is SO different for everyone, but I am going to share a couple things I wasn’t prepared for!
I think most of us are prepared to be uncomfortable after having a baby,
whether you deliver vaginally, c section, drugs or 100% natural…recovery is recovery!
And the fact that all of us carry and deliver a baby and then manage to stay awake all hours of the night and take care of that baby while recovering from giving birth is PRETTY DANG AMAZING if you ask me!
So, please know that you’re a superhero mama, and you’re doing great!

One thing I do HIGHLY recommend, is getting yourself a donut to sit on if you have your baby vaginally.
I didn’t get one until about my 4th day postpartum but once I had it, it was life changing.

Okay, so some things I wasn’t prepared for…
Contractions while breastfeeding, this happens¬†because your uterus is shrinking back to it’s normal size, and yes, they are painful…reminded me of really bad period cramps.
I remember when I was still in the hospital they asked me if I had been having any, and I hadn’t.
They said a lot of times first time moms don’t feel them, which is so weird to me.
BUT a day later and the contractions were very much THERE.
Thankfully it only happened a few times and for a few days, but they were NO fun.

Once we got home my hormones were a complete MESS.
One minute I was freezing and the next I was sweating profusely…
trying to figure out what to wear was SO annoying because my body temperature would go from one extreme to another within a matter of minutes.
Probably the most annoying thing I’ve experienced has been terrible night sweats….
Holy crap y’all, I didn’t even know this amount of sweat could come out of one human being.
I would wake up and be completely drenched from head to toe, and would literally
have to get out of bed and wipe myself down as if I just took a shower…
My bed and blanket and clothes, just EVERYTHING would be soaking wet.
(which also means more laundry…ugh)
Thankfully the night sweats have calmed down a bit, but sheesh they were INTENSE
the first week or so.
Not everyone gets them…but hey, it’s always good to mentally prepare yourself.

This is going to be like wayyyyyy TMI but…your first poop will be absolutely terrifying, and that’s okay.
Your doctor should prescribe you stool softeners which definitely helps,
If you’re going to forget to take any of your medications DO NOT let it be this one.
I think the thought of having your first poop is a lot scarier than actually having your first poop,
I promise it’s not as bad as you think it’s going to be.
YOU GOT THIS.

Whatever you do, don’t be like me and take a peek downstairs with a hand mirror.
I made the mistake of doing this a few days postpartum and immediately regretted it.
Why did I do it? because I’m a sleep deprived lunatic, that’s why.
Just let yourself heal and know that even if it seems like you will never be or look the same,
well you’re probably right….
hahahah I’m totally kidding, things will go back to normal – at least that’s what people tell me.

Okay enough postpartum weirdness talk, let’s get down to the fun stuff!
I get so many questions on what to wear once you get home…
granny panties and a nursing bra…THAT’S WHAT.
Totally kidding, kind of. 
Every now and then I feel like it’s somewhat necessary to put on clothing, and when that happens I want it to be something extra comfortable and something that I’ll feel good in.
So today I’m sharing what I’ve been wearing these first few weeks after delivery!

If you’re breastfeeding, you need to get yourself some good nursing bras, I know I’ve shared my favorite bras with y’all multiple times already…BUT I also want to share this super cute lace option!
When you’re wearing loose tops all the time, it’s likely that your bra is going to be showing,
Get yourself one of these super cute lace nursing bralettes for when you’re going to be in public or have guests over!

As far as bottoms go, I still wear my favorite pregnancy leggings! (will link them below) Oh and JOGGERS.
Joggers are great because they’re usually a little looser around your crotch/butt,
and you’re probably either wearing a diaper or some kind of XL pad that you really don’t want to be showing off… Leggings are also great and comfy, just wear a longer shirt to hide the bulkiness going on.
Here are a few of my personal favorites, I share a bigger list of options {HERE}

So remember how I said you’ll most likely be sweating one second and then freezing the next?!
Most of the time I find myself just wearing a nursing bra to bed and I’ll have a super comfy sweater/cardigan right next to my bed that I can throw on if I get cold or when I have to get up to change Hayes’s diaper!
Here are some of my favorite cozy cardigans!

I’ve saved the best and most important for last, postpartum TOPS.
Here are some of my absolute favorite options! Some of these I own, and some are super similar to items that I own and some are currently in my shopping cart! I think having a good amount of comfortable tops to wear postpartum is super important. I could easily wear the same joggers every single day, but I like having a clean and comfortable top to throw on, and it just makes me feel a little better about myself.

Alright guys, that’s it for today!

Happy Friday y’all!

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Gosh, weekends have a whole new meaning now that I’m a mama!!
I’m sososo excited for Kyle to be home with us these next two days.

Abercrombie is currently having an AWESOME sale so I wanted to share my favorite items with y’all!
They have a ton of super cute items for ridiculously good prices.
Sharing my favorites below!
I’m also sharing those adorable denim shorts that I had on in my stories the other day,
they aren’t on sale but they are PERFECT and I had a lot of you asking me about them, so I figured I might as well share them as well!

It’s been kind of crazy watching my body slowly shrink back to normal.
I have never been more proud of my body than I was when I was pregnant,
but gosh every day I’m just so in awe at what our bodies can do!
Ladies, be SO proud of your bodies and what you are capable of!
It still blows my mind every single day that I carried and birthed this sweet baby boy,
and now my body is even producing food for him every single day…
Like, what?! SO crazy.

Anyways, hope you enjoyed my picks from the Abercrombie sale!!
I’m so excited to be able to shop and NOT have to buy maternity clothing,
I think I’m most excited about getting to wear skirts this Summer,
creating an outfit with a cute skirt is probably my FAV!

Hope all of you have the best weekend!!

Well guys, I’m still pregnant.
Did all the walking and ate all the spicy foods this weekend but there’s still a little guy in my belly.
Guess I’ve just gotta keep being patient!!
We had a fun little double date night on Saturday and I can’t even begin to explain how much I love this top that I wore. I purchased it for after Hayes is born because I loved the loose fit and thought it would be great to hide the postpartum belly, but still look super cute!
Well, apparently it looks adorable while you’re super pregnant too!
There are lots of color options available, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to snag the purple one soon.
I’ve linked my entire outfit for y’all below!





We met up with one of our favorite couples to grab some Mexican food,
and i’m not going to lie…the whole time I kept thinking…
“Omg this could be our last date night before Hayes gets here”
I’m sure y’all are getting sick of all of this pregnancy and baby talk.
SORRY, it’s kind of consuming my life.
Have no fear though, Once Hayes is here there will be a lot more fashion + exercise + lifestyle posts,
and that’s going to happen sometime within the next two weeks so hang in there with me y’all!!
{PLEASE let me know what kind of posts are your favorite, it’s seriously SO helpful.}

Snapped this selfie before dinner.

Kyle is actually off work today so I’m off to go spend some time with him!
Hope everyone has a great Monday!!

Happy Friday!!!
In case you missed it, there’s a giveaway going on {HERE}
You can win a pair of these adorable Bumperalls OR a $100 gift card to SexyMamaMaternity!!

 

I’ve totally been slacking on my Friday Favorites posts for y’all and I haven’t shared some good sales in a while so today’s post is dedicated to JUST THAT – Oh and I’ll be sharing some super cute items that I’ve had my eye on lately, they’ve just been sitting in my cart waiting for me to claim them.

Let’s do this!!

Abercrombie 40% off SALE
Shop my favorites from the sale below!

Nordstrom SALE
Shop my favorites from the sale below!

I am so UNBELIEVABLY excited to be able to wear normal clothes again soon!
Obviously I want to see how my body reacts and heals after having Hayes before I go all out on a shopping spree, but here are some cute little items that I have my new mama eyes on!

I hope all of you had a fantastic week! I am feeling VERY pregnant and tired…
This kid has been alllllll up in my ribs lately and making me super uncomfortable.
I’m excited for a relaxing weekend – and who knows, maybe we’ll have a baby?!
Ha DOUBT IT.
I’m sure I’ll be back on Monday to chat with y’all, still fully pregnant.
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND BABES!!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!
Holidays and Anniversaries have looked a little different for us this year, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! Kyle and I are staying in tonight and indulging in some Netflix & chinese food and you better believe I’ll be wearing the comfiest sweats I own!! But I couldn’t let Valentine’s Day go by without sharing this beautiful dress with y’all!!


Mia Tango Maternity has a ridiculous amount of beautiful clothing for expecting mamas,
but this red dress was hands down my absolute favorite item!
You can snag this beauty or anything else that catches your eye for 10% off with code “MONICAK”
Click {HERE} for this exact dress! Click {HERE} to head to their website!

I’ll be sharing some more Mia Tango items with y’all later this week and next, but I figured what better day than TODAY to share this little number?!
{Shop similar items below!}

Every Holiday that passes lately I just can’t help but think how crazy it is that this will be our last as “just us two”.
We are both SO excited to welcome our baby boy in just a few weeks but I would totally be lying
if I didn’t admit that I’m also kind of terrified. But hey, that’s normal right?!

Well, I’m off to have a little Galentine’s breakfast date with one of my best girlfriends.
Just wanted to quickly share this red dress with y’all and encourage you to go check out
Mia Tango for all of your bump stylin’ needs!

Have the best Wednesday ever!!