Before we jump into mom slump, can we just talk about the preciousness that is happening on Presleigh?! This outfit from Banbury Cross is everything. Those little heart pockets, the matching bloomers…this outfit alone can bring one out of mom slump! It’s just perfect for the holidays through Valentines Day, but totally appropriate year round too. This dress is apart of their own collection “Banbury Cross” which is designed in house. They ship nationwide so be sure to follow their insta account @banburycrosskids so you don’t miss any of this sweetness!
So now onto the mom slump struggle. We’ve all been there, and hopefully me talking about my recent ride on this struggle bus doesn’t come off as phony since I literally just posted pics of a cute little mommy & me photo shoot, because I know that doesn’t exactly scream “mom slump” ha. I will admit these pics went surpringly well, but truthfully that’s about the only thing that’s gone well this past week! To sum it up for you nicely, let me just paint you a little picture of what our week looked like… So we got back from an 8 day trip last Sunday where we visited family and friends in New Orleans and ended the trip in Key West for a family wedding that Presleigh was supposed to stand in as a flower girl. She ran a high fever the last few days of the trip so we never left the hotel room in Key West, missed the wedding completely, and had a 4 hour flight delay on Sunday that ultimately ended with a busted lip after she tripped on luggage. We were both in tears and I literally feel exhausted just talking about it! Proof of busted lip, and pic of when we finally were on the plane to get home:
So we got home around midnight, and the following day her fever continued so we went to the doctor and found out it was just a nasty cold that had to run its course for the next few days. Later that next night my husband Matt then started to violently throw up. And continued to do so off and on for the next 48 hours, so I’ve been sleeping on an air mattress with P to avoid his germs, because we all know catching the stomach bug feels like you’re dying a slow death. Even still, he’s been working like an animal and actually worked this whole past weekend too. Which unfortunately meant no break for mama either. I feel guilty even thinking this way because it’s safe to assume Matt is also in the midst of a dad slump, but he’s persevering because he puts Presleigh and I far above himself. Which is so sweet and inspiring. So my point is, when weeks like this happen where I obviously feel my mom slump creeping in, or in this case hitting me like a ton of bricks, and I just want so badly to feel sorry for myself… I pretty much do exactly that. Ha! But only for a short while, because the key is to push forward! I read this card at a coffee shop years ago and it’s so weird how certain things stick with you, but it said, “In the end it’ll all be ok. If it’s not ok then it’s not the end.” I loved that! So when circumstances start to suck pretty hard, I just try to focus on Presleigh’s little life and how it’s so much bigger and more important to me than my own. So what if the house is a mess. So what if all 3 laundry hampers are full of dirty clothes. So what if we’ve been inside for 72 hours straight. SO WHAT! She needed my constant care and attention this past week far more than I needed a solo trip to Starbucks. Every day is a blessing, and it’s so important to remember this even when days/weeks are less than ideal. It’s ok to cry and it’s ok to feel sad, that’s totally normal in my book and I’m not saying to ignore those emotions. I’m just reminding you (and myself really!) that God gave us incredible strength as mothers, so channel that strength and push through those crumby days by remembering that you and only you can provide the nurture and love that your sweet little one craves, and that is such a motivating and powerful thing.
**And when baby is feeling better and daddy is not working, go getchoo a pedicure and a little happy from Target. Such as this $27 velvet jumpsuit that I styled with a plain white button down underneath! I also plan to layer with a turtleneck eventually too. Perfect for the holidays, church, date night etc. My pumps are 50% off and currently $50 (be prepared to see them on repeat).