How are you juggling being a mom, business owner, and model?
My routine has changed completely. The baby keeps me super busy (I love it). I work on my jewelry line during his naps, and when I’m shooting in a studio, he stays with daddy, since he can also work from home. It’s been perfect.
How has your schedule changed?
I’m now up at 5 AM every day. I have to admit that it’s nice to be up that early, even though it’s very painful to get out of bed some days. I just get so many things done! My days have never been so productive. We are having much earlier dinners though—5 PM usually. I’m also going to bed much earlier than before, to make sure I get enough sleep. (8 hours minimum is still my thing.)
Has your style changed?
Definitely. COMFORT is the word. It also needs to be practical when it comes to breastfeeding, even at home. I’m all about soft fabric nursing shirts, dresses, cozy pants and flats or running sneakers.
How do you make sure you’re still taking care of you: eating well and making time for self-care?
During the weekends, my husband and I prepare the food for the week. We cook stuff and store it in our fridge, this way we don’t have to cook every single meal. It’s so much easier when you can just warm it up. Also, I am still taking my postpartum vitamins, I take them every day. I think it’s super important to continue with your multivitamin supplements.
What’s it like being on camera post-baby?
I have never felt so confident! I’m so proud with all the work my body has done, everything it accomplished, and what it still does for my baby.
What does your feeding journey look like?
I’m breastfeeding and pumping in the middle of the night, so I can store some breast milk and give him a bottle whenever I’m exhausted. My husband gives our son a bottle every night, so I can take a nice and relaxing shower. It’s a game changer. Breastfeeding was hard at the beginning, there was periods that I nursed my son for 4 hours straight—they call it cluster feeding. I remember having to turn on the TV and watch 2 movies to distract myself.
Has being a new mom been what you expected it to be like?
It’s much more than I expected. There’s so much love around us.
What’s been the best part?
Waking up to that beautiful and innocent smile!
Breastfeeding…the days he would not sleep and just wanted to eat for hours and hours.
What do you wish you knew before having a baby?
That I wouldn’t sleep for the first 2 weeks…at all.
What are your A Pea in the Pod must-haves for post-partum?
The denim overall. It’s super stylish and, most importantly, super nursing friendly.
Also, The Post Pregnancy Leggings - you do need that support on your belly.
Favorite products every new mom needs?
I love how easy the little baby kimonos are. My son loves to wear them because it doesn’t go over his head.
How did you feel when you saw Gael for the first time?
It was the best feeling ever! I felt like I already knew him.
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