mitera collection – Thoughts By Natalie Style, motherhood, wellness + life. Thu, 12 May 2016 17:01:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Modern Motherhood: A New Identity Sat, 19 Sep 2015 12:00:50 +0000 Today is the final post in the Modern Motherhood mini-series I’ve been doing in collaboration with Mitera Collection. After discussing stay-at-home/work-at-home life, pumping at work and the postpartum body, I wanted to round things out by discussing the new identity that’s formed when we become mothers. Fifty-two weeks into this parenting thing, life before Jack is honestly sort of fuzzy. It’s wild how just one year of a new identity—mother—can be so much more prominent than the 28 years previous. Child, daughter, friend, student, patient, employee, wife—these are all identities I’ve carried throughout my life at one time or another. If I could pass along any wisdom to new moms it would be this: you are not your old self, and you never will be again. You are something brand new. Something holy. Something that is being sanctified with every diaper change, late-night nursing session, sick-baby snuggle and toddler temper tantrum. This work of motherhood, it makes us new and it makes us better—through highs and lows, ups and downs, thick and thin. These are a few new traits that have become part of my identity since becoming a mother: A New Kind of Confidence | Being responsible for a tiny life has given […]]]> 3 Modern Motherhood: The Postpartum Body Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:06:45 +0000 There’s no doubt about it—having a baby changes our bodies…for worse in some ways, but also for better. For example, after giving birth to Jack my body was in BAD shape. Though I didn’t have a c-section, I was essentially on house arrest for the full 6 weeks after delivery and only allowed to go up and down my stairs once in the morning and once at night to actually get to my bed. It. Was. Awful. And thankfully, a short, temporary season. Aside from that, I have experienced a couple more permanent ones, like peeing my pants a little when I go running or sneeze (ha!), and having a chest that will never be quite the same. On the other hand, I’ve been surprised by a few changes for the better. I’ve had a sort of weird body image since college when I was dealing with an eating disorder. While the eating disorder thing got figured out, my view of myself never really healed…until now. Perhaps it’s because I see my body as so much more than an object now, but rather as a valuable, functional vessel. I carried Jack in my body, physically pushed him out of after […]]]> 2 Modern Motherhood: Pumping at Work Mon, 08 Jun 2015 15:01:15 +0000 As part two of the Modern Motherhood series with Mitera Collection, I wanted to discuss a topic that so many modern moms have to deal with: pumping at work. I think we can all agree that pumping is the worst. And pumping in your place of work just takes this up another level. Since I’m a stay-at-home, work-at-home mom and I don’t personally have experience pumping at work, I’ve asked my friend Madison from Espresso and Cream to share a bit about it—including 5 tips to make it less frustrating. __________ In February my husband and I welcomed our daughter, Ainsley, into the world. I was entirely unprepared for how time consuming breastfeeding and pumping would be, and there were many times during my daughter’s first 12 weeks of life when I thought about throwing in the towel. I returned to my job in food marketing when Ainsley was 12 weeks old and have been pumping at work for a couple of weeks now. My first day back I was all nerves; I was leaving my baby with our nanny for the first time, returning to the working world and trying to figure out the logistics of pumping at work. […]]]> 10 Modern Motherhood: Stay at Home, Work at Home Thu, 28 May 2015 15:36:19 +0000 Today I want to introduce a brand new mini-series I’ve created in partnership with Mitera Collection, a clothing brand that celebrates the modern mother throughout her motherhood journey, creating beautiful, practical, and functional dresses that support her lifestyle. Over the course of four posts, I’ll be sharing some thoughts on topics related to modern motherhood while featuring the beautiful, nursing-friendly Ellen Dress styled different ways. To kick things off, let’s talk about the strange reality that is being a stay at home, work at home mom. I first recognized the concept of stay-at-home, work-at-home life when my friend Bonnie wrote about it for Darling Magazine. Before reading her piece, I’d really only considered two options for moms: you stay at home with babies and be a homemaker, or you go back to work and fall into the working mom category. The idea that there could be something in the middle really intrigued me, especially since my career isn’t a traditional one. When I found out I was pregnant with Jack, my mind was a whirlwind of possibilities and also anxiety. Before he came into the picture, I felt like I was really on a roll career-wise and had a lot […]]]> 21