Eighteen weeks postpartum.
My hair is falling out in clumps, leaving patches of baldness.
Under the belt of my carrier hides an accumulation of four term pregnancies worth of stretch marks.
My favorite outfits from last year still can't quite button (or go over my thighs for that matter...). Some days this feels harder than the first month did. We may know deep in our hearts that the postpartum process lasts longer than six weeks, but it's nearly impossible to fully avoid the overbearing weight of society's expectations.
In reality, being postpartum encompasses the entire first year as our bodies, our hormones, our minds, and our lives adjust around this new little being.
Much like we slowed during pregnancy, bearing their weight and sacrificing our bodies, we slow during the first year, carrying their weight and sacrificing our nutrient stores to allow them to grow.
Remember this, and allow yourself grace as you navigate the all-encompassing changes that accompany motherhood.