Life (of hair) After Baby

Real talk: I have always enjoyed my hair and have had just about every length and style you could think of. But it wasn’t until the last few years that I started thinking about the HEALTH of my hair. I started shifting my lifestyle to become more natural and healthy in *all* areas of my life. Recycling, practicing yoga, eating clean and organic, etc. I’m actually quite passionate about natural and healthy living, so I’ll write more about that later.

For now, enjoy a sampling of my hairstyles over the last 12 years…

THEN I got pregnant with my little love and had him in February AND ALL MY HAIR FELL OUT! Ok maybe not all of it, but y’all… postpartum hair loss was real for me. Plus, I’m exclusively breastfeeding, so all of the best nutrients that I’m feeding myself are going straight to Adam. The health of my hair was definitely suffering.

This was 4 months PP. I sure didn’t plan on wearing my hair in a ponytail that day and showing off this fabulous new hair line, BUT Houston. Know what I mean??

My sweet friend, Francie, offered to let me try some of the hair products she sells that can help with hair growth / volume / health called MONAT (short for Modern Nature). My first question was if it was safe to use while breastfeeding. Her answer? The entire line of products is natural and made with botanical oils and ingredients! I needed these products!! At least it wouldn’t hurt to try. To start, I used the Renew Shampoo and the Replenish Masque (<– A deep conditioner; my fave!!) No lie: I could already tell a difference in the overall strength and health of my hair just after the first use!

More real talk: Randy’s hair has been thinning the past few years. Yay life. Going back to school, changing jobs, learning new industries, having a baby, and being in his mid-30’s have all contributed to hair loss and thinning – both in his hair line and the top of his head. I thought, if there’s a NATURAL product out there that can help his hair, then we’re sold! (I’ll devote an entire blog post about Randy’s hair later.)

I believe in these products and the philosophy behind this company. It was an easy decision to join with them as a Market Partner! These naturally based products do not contain parabens, sulfates, DEA/MEA, phthalates, PEG, harsh salt systems, silicones, or harmful colors and fragrances. These products completely align with my goal of living a more healthy and natural lifestyle!

If you or someone you know could use some help with hair loss or hair thinning, OR if you just want a more natural approach to hair care, let me help you! 

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Martha womac - September 3, 2016 - 9:14 am

Ellen are you selling this product ? What is the cost of the shampoo and conditioner ?

Ellen Olive - September 3, 2016 - 1:49 pm

Yes ma’am! I’ll send you a message through Facebook. xoxo

Julia Hackney - September 3, 2016 - 10:16 pm

Ellen, I would love to try this!

Ellen Olive - September 4, 2016 - 1:04 pm

Hi Julia! Thanks for reading! I will send you a message on Facebook! -E

Adam: 6 Months

Dear Adam,

How in the world have you been here half a year already? What a joy you are. Six months old is so much fun. You are learning something new almost every day!

Many of my friends posted back-to-school photos of their kids today. I know that will be you very soon! I pray that God will help me cherish the little moments that may seem mundane – I know that’s where some sweet memories will be made.

From July 17 – August 17:

July 20 marked one year since we found out we were pregnant with you! Our entire world changed that day.

You met your newest baby friend, Nora Jane Jackson. Her older brother, Nash, wanted to trade babies because he wants a brother.:)

Your Aunt Leah Olive had to come to Houston for work, so she spent the night with us and you got to meet her! You loved her! Uncle Travis Face-timed in.

This month, I achieved a huge goal when I got back down to my pre-pregnancy weight! Probably thanks to breastfeeding and me carrying you around all the time. You are getting quite heavy!

At this year’s Alaska dinner (which is when YaYa and Poppa come home from their Alaska mission trip and we eat fresh Alaskan salmon!), Baboo / Uncle Andrew finally held you! If you’re like J., he will quickly become your favorite.

We took a road trip – just the two of us! – to Tyler, Texas to visit my old mentor and youth pastor, Whitney Prosperi. You did so well! You loved Mrs. Whitney, Mr. Randy, Annabelle, and Libby! (And I got a speeding ticket in a speed trap heading home. Boo.)

Last mention and most special, you were baptized / dedicated at Chapelwood UMC where I sing each week with Mr. Wayne Watson. It was such a beautiful moment! We vowed to raise you in the faith and to do our best to point you to Jesus. Our family vowed to support us and encourage us in this endeavor. You were surrounded by our family and friends like YaYa, Papa, Ma, Pa, Baboo, Uncle Jonathan, Addie, the Santoses, the McBeths, the Loesers, the Snells, and the Schotts. Pastor John Stephens baptized you and prayed for you and asked the congregation to speak out words of blessing over your life. Some of the words were: Strength, Believer, Musical, Wisdom, Integrity, and Good Teenage Years :). My blessing for you was Faithfulness. Your dad’s was Creativity. May each of these words be true of your life. May you know God early and recognize His Spirit. This is the most important thing we could teach you, show you, and leave you.

Here are your current stats…

Love: smiling and making faces, your bouncy activity exersaucer, your swing, chewing on everything, finding new noises to make, splashing in the bath, reading books

Do NOT love: sleeping through the night… still.

Favorite food: Mommy Milk 💪🏼 (but we just introduced food this week! I’ll write about that in your next update!)

Favorite song: The Star Spangled Banner (in honor of the summer Olympics in Rio! Team USA!!)

Accomplishments: You finally remembered how to roll from tummy to back, so now you move all over your crib; you are very vocal and always finding new sounds

My Adam boy, this has been such a fun month. I have a feeling that it will just keep getting better! My heart has grown from the amount of love I have for you, my dear one. I am trying to be the best mommy I can be for you. God is granting me enough grace and patience and energy for each day. Life with you is such a gift.

I love you forever!
Mom

I Hope I Remember, Part 3

Dear Adam,

There are a few things lately that really make me feel like a “mom.”

I think I’ve mentioned on here how much I love your baby armpits. So weird, right? Something only a mother would love. And I’m sure I won’t love them so much in 12 years. Ha!

Well, I also hope I remember how much I love your knee caps. They are so rubbery squishy right now and I absolutely love them.

Love,
Your strange mother

Adam: 5 Months

Dear Adam,

This is a bit behind, but I still wanted to write your 5 month update!

From June 17 – July 17

You helped Daddy celebrate his first Father’s Day! You gave him a new saw that he picked out and surprised him with a painting by your cousin, Ryan Ebelt, called “A Superhero’s Day Off” depicting Batman eating breakfast. I actually bought this last December when I was pregnant! I loved the idea that a true superhero never really gets a day off. (Also, Batman is your dad’s favorite!) I hope your dad is your top superhero! We all celebrated that night at Aunt Rhonda’s and Uncle Biff’s, and you got to swim for the first time!

We also celebrated Ollie’s 7th birthday which means we’ve had him for four years! I hope you two will become best of friends.

Pa had a really intense reconstructive surgery on his head to try and repair the damage caused by radiation treatment. When he finally got to come, you were great medicine to him as we made frequent visits. You can light up any room, my love!

You celebrated your first July 4th! We went to Mimi and BB’s lake house and spent the night. It was a blast.

Lastly, your mama’s sweet friend, Mrs. Emily Franks, took us to lunch and a super fun treat: Float Baby! A baby day spa in town where you got to float in a big tub and then received a baby massage. What a treat! You have the best life ever.:)

And now for your stats:

Love: your toes (and trying to eat them), smiling, your play mat, your colorful rattle/ chew toy

Do not love: sleeping through the night anymore.  We’re experiencing the dreaded 4-month sleep regression and praying it passes quickly; shots, Children’s Tylenol

Favorite food: Mommy Milk

Favorite song: All Creatures of our God and King

Accomplishments: You started laughing! (melt my heart!), you can roll from back to front (and then you get mad), started sitting in your Bumbo chair, at your 4 month appointment you were 13 lb, 6.6 oz and 24.5″ long, survived (barely) your 4 month shots

Adam boy, you are my delight.
I love you forever.

xoxo,
Mom

Adam: 4 Months

Dear Adam,

You turned 4 months old this past Friday! This has been our favorite month so far! We love all of your smiles and laughs and “words.”

This past month, your dad and I celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary. We hope to teach you about love, loyalty, commitment, and communication through our marriage. We are already praying for your marriage and for your wife.

This month, you also started giving to one of our favorite charities, Rescue Pink. (It really is in your name!) You are giving $5 per month to help them open two more community centers in India that will provide after school programs for girls and a nutrition and education program for pregnant and lactating mamas. You are cheering on your fellow babies across the globe and I am rooting for their mamas! May you learn to always be generous with your time, talents, and resources.

You experienced your first Armour Weekend! Every Memorial Day, your YaYa and Poppa treat us to a weekend getaway all together. This was our second year in a row to stay at Horseshoe Bay on Lake LBJ, but we added you and Addie this year. The more the merrier! You loved the boat ride. You did not love the yacht club. You also did not love sleeping the first night. Oh well! I know that this tradition will soon become one of your favorite events of the year – as it is mine.

You got to meet our sweet friends, Summer, Anne, and Briggs. Anne McClain is a real life astronaut and is one of the smartest people we know – and what’s cool is she’s also one of the kindest. She’s in the running to possibly go to Mars one day! You wore your spaceship onesie for her. They gave you a space suit costume! Maybe you can wear it for Halloween?

Last highlight I’ll mention is that your (Great) Pa held you for the first time. He likes to wait for the babies to be a little bigger and have a little head control. It was so special for me to see you two together: Mr. Adam and Mr. Adam! May you grow up to be as strong and steadfast as our Pa!

Here are your four month “stats”:

Love: Fran the fan (any ceiling fan), Lamby (a big, black and white, stuffed lamb you talk to every night), your swing- finally!, playing on your activity mat, Watching Daniel Tiger and natures shows with Dad, bath time in the big bath tub, Cousin Day – especially letting your big girl cousin, Addie (6 weeks older), take care of you

Do NOT love: tummy time 

Favorite food: Mommy Milk 💪🏼

Favorite song: “Skinamarinky Dinky Dink” (I sit you in my lap facing me and I do the hand motions with your hands. It’s a blast!)

Accomplishments: Grew into to 6 month clothes and size 2 diapers, first Armour Weekend, first road trip, first boat ride; slept 10 hours straight (only once, but your nights are getting SO much better!), rolled over- back to stomach

My Adam boy,

You truly are my joy and my heart. You’re my boy forever. I love you.

Love,
Mom

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