This Is How Your Life Really Changes After Having Kids

mothers day interview This Is How Your Life Really Changes After Having Kids

Laura O’Dell

If you thought your life was busy, try this: Los Angeles native Laura O’Dell’s alarm goes off at 5:15 a.m. every morning so that she can make an early yoga class. Once back home, she tosses on a pair of Levi’s, joins her husband for coffee, and gets her two kids ready for the morning. For the rest of the day, she juggles her roles as a mother and wife while running her own lifestyle and clothing company as well as a boutique called Bucks & Does. Packed schedule, right?!

With Mother’s Day around the corner, we sat down with Laura to find out the time-saving beauty tricks she relies on and how her life (and style) has changed since having kids. Here’s what we learned.

StyleCaster: What time do you wake up, on average, and what time are you in bed?
Laura O’Dell: During the week, I wake up around 5:15 a.m. so I can make it to my 5:45 a.m. Bikram yoga class. By the time I put the kids to bed, make their lunches, and have a few moments of downtime with my husband, it’s fairly late. I’m usually in bed by 10:30 p.m.

Has your sense of style changed since having kids?
My style is very casual. I’m usually wearing something from my own line or a pair of vintage Levi’s. I feel like this is something I’ve loved for a long time, way before I had kids, however now that I have children, comfort is definitely key.

What’s surprised you the most about motherhood?
Having my first child was somewhat shocking, but in a good way. I never realized how selfless you had to be, and that was a bit of an adjustment period for sure.

What’s the one thing nobody ever tells you about actually giving birth?

That it takes forever! I was in labor for such a long time with both kids.

Did you get an epidural?

Yes. My first-born son was a C-section. My daughter, Layla, was a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), and my doctor required an epidural for all VBACs. I don’t regret it.

What do you typically eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner?
Breakfast is sometimes forgotten in our house unless it’s a weekend. My husband is a bit of a coffee fanatic, so I have a beautiful latte waiting for me in the morning. Lunch is usually something healthy, like a salad with tuna and lemon or an avocado with whole-grain crackers. I’m also a big fan of soup. Dinner is usually grilled fish or tacos or quinoa lentil pasta with homemade pesto.


Laura O’Dell

What brands did you wear most while pregnant?
I wore a lot of loose-fitting dresses and vintage Indian gauze dresses. Gold dust dresses kept me cool when it was hot out.

What’s the one piece of advice you give friends expecting their first baby?
Do dinner dates with your mate and nap when you can. Get lots of sleep because once the baby comes, sleep might not happen for a long time.

What beauty product did you swear by while pregnant?
Shea butter lotion and Clarins Body Oil.

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Any time-saving beauty tricks you rely on now?
Wrapping my hair up in a loose bun when I’m out of the shower, blow-drying only the roots and then releasing the bun to let the rest of my hair air dry. What mom has time to blow-dry their whole head?

What is your idea of the ultimate indulgence?
Amazing sushi or a seaside European vacation.

What’s the one thing you miss doing that you did regularly before having kids?
Going for a run in the evening before dinner. My husband and I used to eat dinner around 7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m., and I loved going for a run around 6:30 p.m. We eat dinner now around 6 p.m., so running beforehand isn’t really an option anymore.


Laura O’Dell

Any secrets to getting kids to bed?
Make it a ritual, a routine. My kids are really good about going to bed, but I think it’s because Jason and I ingrained that routine in them since birth.

What books or websites did you read when you first became a mom?
I didn’t have time for books. I just asked my mom friends a lot of questions.

What do you do on the weekends to keep your kids entertained?
We have a pool, so if it’s nice out we’re usually in it.

Did you work before having kids? How long did you go back after?

Yes, and I never really took a maternity leave because when you own a company, that’s sometimes not an option. I love work, though, so it didn’t bother me too much.