Happy New Year! Life lately has been crazy and beautiful. We celebrated Christmas and a first birthday with a busy bang – I cannot believe my baby is one! It gave me a bit of a jolt to think that it is beyond time to get back to some of my old routines that I loved. The first year with a baby can be very physically demanding. So, I made it my top priority to just love James and SLEEP. That was pretty much it, and it worked. As in, we are both still alive. Yay!
Our culture has a bit of a skewed way of handling new mothers and maternity leave. There is little support and not enough time to welcome your baby into the world without strain. Study after study shows that physically (and emotionally) women need a full year to recover from pregnancy and birth. Yet, we are consistenly ushered back to work after only 6-12 weeks for working moms, or left to figure out our new life in solitude for stay at home moms.
Somewhere around nine months postpartum I finally took a breath and realized I could begin taking care of myself again. It came out nowhere and was amazing. And now, after a full year, I finally actually feel like myself again. Everyone’s timeline is different for this, and I am so sad for #allthemamas that we don’t take more time to support, encourage and educate new mamas. Realizing all of this and discovering my intense urge to support other mamas has directed my course in 2017 to: mama love. I want to give anything and everything I can to help other moms in any way.
So with a more familiar self and renewed energy for sharing things on the blog, my focus can shift a bit into a more sustainable pattern. I’ll be making jewelry again, and writing more regularly. I’ve also decided that with so many new things to talk about, I don’t want to focus only on jewelry, so you’ll see that a new, more open domain name is live! CaitlinWebb.com will host everything that I’ve always loved, but with added facets on mom life and living happily and simply.
Speaking of self-care, here are a few things I grabbed over the holidays to help me get my closet back in order and ditch most (ok-some) maternity/baggy clothes. Capsule wardrobe in the works.
relaxed vince tee in navy:
this is a perfectly loose but-not-too-much boxy fit