Rückbildung – building yourself back up after birth

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German health insurance pays for classes after the birth of your baby to start getting back into shape again and, most importantly, strengthen your pelvic floor. That’s what that extremely long word up there is.

Organizing my going to this class with Theo was a lot easier than it is now. Tobi has two kids to take care of by himself while I go off to sports, which is not a problem for him except for hoping that Avi drinks enough milk before I leave and isn’t screaming out of hunger while I’m gone. The toddler is usually hard enough to deal with when the baby is happy, let alone when the baby is crying!

I went to one class at the end of September, but haven’t been back yet, and there are 7 more that I am allowed to take. I still plan to do the classes, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt to do some more exercise on my own. I’ve got to do more to strengthen my sore back from all that babywearing and toddler lifting and stretch out my tense muscles.

I enjoyed the [little bit of] prenatal yoga I did at home during my pregnancy, and I was glad to get an email from Melany over at Melany’s Yoga Couch. She’s another American expat living in Hamburg and teaches live classes as well. It’s hard for me to get out of the house sans kids, so it was great that she reached out and shared with me that she has a YouTube channel and there’s even a video geared specifically towards new moms to strengthen your pelvic floor. I tried that this week, as well as the Wrist-Free Yoga, as I often have trouble with my wrists during exercise, and I am happy to report that I really enjoyed the workout.

Thanks, Melany, for sharing your videos with me. I hope someone else might find this useful.

What do you other new moms do to get back in shape?

When in doubt, just add glitter.

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I found this postcard once and liked it so much that I took home two copies.

I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but, as Demetri Martin says, “glitter is the herpes of craft supplies”.

Even though glitter is insanely hard to clean up, I love it. Oh how shiny and pretty. I liked this postcard I found once that said, “When in doubt, just add glitter.” Someone must have taken that to heart when they decided to spray paint these leaves in the park silver. I guess it’s technically not glitter, but it was shiny, silver spray paint and it totally glittered in the sun.

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I’m sure the other nearby trees and bushes must have been a little jealous of this one’s bling.

I noticed last week that even though we haven’t had any unseasonably warm weather, some spring blossoms have started to bloom already. The cherry tree down the street is already sporting some pretty pink blossoms. Hashtag insane, hashtag spring is almost here!

Jumping on the capsule wardrobe bandwagon

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Ahh, the capsule wardrobe. Everybody’s doing it these days.

I’d first heard about it via Kendi Everyday with her 30 for 30 remix challenge. And now Elise (who happens to be my favorite blogger of all time) is going the capsule wardrobe route, too. What finally tipped me over the edge of indecision was that I listened to this podcast featuring Caroline from Unfancy, who even mentions that she is not a fashionable person at all and thought she might be crazy for starting a fashion blog. I look at her blog and beg to differ…but it’s extremely encouraging to me that someone who proclaims she doesn’t know a thing about fashion can come up with such creative outfits. So maybe I can, too.

So I’ve decided I’m going to try it out.

But first I have to admit: I’m TOTALLY CHEATING.

Because it gets cold here and I’m a wimp. On any given day in winter, I’m wearing at least a tank top, long-sleeved shirt, long underwear, jeans, two pairs of socks, and sweater. And probably a scarf, too. So my collection of long-sleeved t-shirts for layering (as well as leggings and tights) will not count toward my specified number* of items. Neither will my tank tops. Neither will my outerwear (coats and sweatshirts). Nor my shoes or accessories.

Needing easy access for breastfeeding makes narrowing things down a bit harder. So I’m not going to be too strict with myself and just have fun trying this out. I think the thing that intrigues me most is that whole “less is more” stuff. Having too much to choose from doesn’t make the choice easier, but rather more difficult. And as a new mom with not much time to pick out the perfect outfit, I could definitely use a little more simplicity in that aspect of my morning routine.

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There were a lot of items in my closet that were too summery for this season anyway, so weeding those out was easy. I will edit down what is left over a period of a few days and try to make a few sample outfits to see if I can easily mix and match what I’ve got. For those things that are less mix-and-matchable, I will banish those to the attic.

*I have decided not to limit myself to a certain number because I have so many pieces that won’t count towards it anyway for layering purposes… I’m also not going to be too strict with myself for special occasions if I want to wear something else that didn’t make the cut. For example, I first had a red turtleneck in for the sole reason that I knew that Christmastime was coming. But since the only thing it matched were jeans, I decided to cut it. But if I do feel the urge to wear it this Christmas, I won’t hold myself back.

It will be a fun experiment!

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I’ve been hesitating pressing “publish” on this post because I tend to make these grand declarations on my blog with new projects and what not, and they just fizzle out over time. Like last year’s One Little Word or that time I said I had a lot of motivation for crafty projects. The last crafty thing I did was Theo’s sun hat, just because.

But you know what? I’m going to cut myself a little slack. Because in the end it’s about trying new things and seeing what works for ME. Sometimes, life comes in between and shakes up plans. Then you make new ones. And it’s all good.

I also totally just finished up this post, only to lose my revisions and have to write most of it all over again. Boo!

photo4_zps103f195dOkay, on to the wardrobe. A lot more dresses and skirts ended up on here than I’d expected, and we’ll see how that works when it’s chilly out. But I fully intend to let this year be the year I wear my warm tights and boots and become an expert layer-er.

We’ll see how that works.

Anyway, I downloaded the Stylebook app and have had a ton of fun playing around with that already, uploading pictures of my wardrobe (pictures throughout) and creating different looks. Though I won’t be taking pictures of my outfits for the blog – I am SO not a style blogger! – I am keeping track of my outfits on the app’s calendar so I can see what I’ve worn already. I totally splurged, since I don’t usually buy apps, but I will say that I don’t regret it. It’s already encouraged lots of creativity in mixing and matching. Sometimes the outfits don’t translate well to real life, in which case I simply delete the look from my app and try another combo. Very fun!

So, who’s with me? Anyone else tried this before or have been thinking about trying out a capsule wardrobe?

My very own sewing machine!

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I went ahead and ordered a sewing machine for myself, and thanks to Amazon Prime, had it delivered the very next day! Of course…I’ve been working on finishing up my crocheted blanket for the baby, so I haven’t actually touched the sewing machine since I took it out of the box, but I’m really excited to have one of my own! (I got the Brother Innov-is 10a Anniversary edition.) I’m especially excited to already have a good idea of how it works, thanks to borrowing Ariane’s for a few weeks.

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As it turns out, the bassinet we are borrowing from a friend has a very specific size – 82 x 43 cm – and while it’s good that it’s a bit larger size, it means I’ll have to buy name brand fitted sheets for it. I’m pretty sure I can make a fitted sheet easily enough with my new sewing machine. This tutorial from Fabric Robot seems to be a good one, so I’ll be trying my hand at that as soon as I can get some good fabric!

I’ve now started a new Pinterest board for collecting my favorite sewing tutorials that I’d like to try. There are also a lot of sewing projects on my Baby Stäbler board, though I might migrate those over to the sewing board at some point. So Sew much fun!

Friday links

Happy Friday!

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Now that I’ve suddenly got a lot of time on my hands, it’s time to get some things done that I’ve been putting off. Like a haircut. The last haircut I got was back in August…

Nothing crazy, but it needs to be shorter. I’m thinking this length – just grazing my shoulders. Although this picture made me want to get bangs again…but I’m not quite ready again.

TO BUY: This camera tape dispenser is just soooo cute!

TO MAKE: Goodness, I love this American flag made out of jeans!

FOR BABY: My most recent sewing project for baby was this stegosaurus softie! I love how it turned out!

TO BAKE: I’ve been craving fudge brownies.

TO “LAUGH”: Unnecessary quotation marks. I “almost” peed my pants. ;)

TO LEARN: How to hang clothes like a genius.

That’s all for now! Have a nice weekend!