We all love our babies but there is an awful lot that we sacrifice as mums (and dads) here's a few of mine, i'll start from the top!:
THE THINGS WOMEN SACRIFICE AFTER A BABY:
HAIR: i have roots that are 10cm long & i can't remember the last time i dyed my hair, i have at LEAST 3 different colours on my head at the moment and none of them look good together (or appear on any colour chart of nature!). Aswell as colour, my hair hasn't seen a pair of scissors for so long my split ends have their own split ends. Prior to my babies coming along i would always hair dry my hair straight and moisturise it so it had that lovely silky look, now....my hairdryer has so much dust on it, it needs vaccuming! My usual do during the day is up in a bun and a hair comb keeping my long, jagged fringe out of my way, by the end of the day i've got so many bits of loose hair flying out everywhere it looks like i'm wearing a streaking cap! (it helps when hubby comes home cause if he has any romantic thoughts of how his evening will end, they quickly vanish!). when its time for bed i unravel my birds nest and the feel, look and smell of my long unkempt tresses remind me that a shower would be nice.....soon......if i get time!).
As for brushing.....you're kidding right?
FACE: i haven't worn makeup in well OVER a year, my mascara is clummped shut, my eyeliner is used as a pen when i can't find one and my lipstick has been passed onto my niece for a lovely crayon drawing. These days the only flecks of colour i get on my face is baby food (i find that avocado is moisturising!) and as for facial cleanser i've gone from pricey products to a $3.99 coles gel cleanser....need i say more?
NAILS: same as makeup except my polishes have been passed onto my nephew who has re-painted all his matchbox cars! as for my nails....bitten.....jagged....discoloured...and generally mini food traps!
CLOTHING: the last time i bought something new for myself was my wedding dress....seriously.....i'm STILL in my maternity clothes, trakkie daks, pyjamas, oversized t-shirts ALL of which are frayed, worn, slightly torn (especially on the inner thigh part where the stitches are hanging on for dear life! i'm dreading the day they give way).
SHOES: I used to be Imelda Marcos Jnr, i have shopped for well over 100 pairs of fashion shoes NONE of which fit me anymore because my feet haven't returned to their normal size. My usual footwear now is ugg slippers, runners (that look like they have been in a million marathons) and the all too trusty and comfy THONGS! i actually catch myself near the 'Cumfs' section of the chemist nowadays thinking "mmm they look comfy...wonder if they'll fit?".....
JEWELLERY: i've come across things i never even knew i had! since the pregnancy my wedding rings still don't fit back onto my sausage fingers, i have worn the same gold chain/cross (now a dirty gold/brassy colour) and silver stud earrings (looking more like black studs from afar)i'm afraid to take them off in case the holes in my ears have closed in on themselves! my lovely, sparkly, dangly earrings will be future targets for my girls to re-open any new holes in my ears.....might wait for that one!
SOCIAL EVENTS: i remember a time when 'a long lunch' meant taking your time with food, drinks and friends and watching the sun set.....these days 'a long lunch' means u started to eat 'something' at 12pm and due to a crying baby, feeding and sleeping duties u managed to finish your 'something for lunch' just before bed (at least u don't have to make dinner!).
ALCOHOL: is purely used as a sleeping aid to soothe the days events and for a moment make u feel like an adult instead of the: nurse, preschool teacher, babysitter, counsellor, disciplinarian, singer and dancer u have to be during the day.
FAVOURITE SHOWS: no such thing as watching a FULL episode of anything, my conversations about something that was on tv always sounds the same "i missed the beginning/end what happened?"
BOOKS: i used to be a bookworm, now, it takes me ages to just get thru a magazine...did anyone else hear that Jennifer Lopez just had twins?"......that should give u the picture!
CAREER: the thought of going back to work scares me but i need money to buy new trakkie daks!
THE THINGS MEN SACRIFICE AFTER A BABY: