Monday, 30 July 2007

the girlification of....well, me

About the time we brought C home from the hospital the transformation from Wife, Pretty Pulled Together into Mom began.

It wasn't so pretty.

(sing-song voice) Isn't he cute look how cute the baaaaaabbbby is look how sweet...

By the time R skipped into our lives, I was firmly entrenched in the 'we're all about the kids!' stage - hair scraped back, jeans, where was my watch again?

There's a time when you're focused on your children, a time when you don't exist at all.
I've let it drag on far too long.

This is nothing new. Back in January I started with a cute haircut.
But the rest of me was pretty plain. Work into it slowly, and all that.

A friend of mine recently started going to nail school. I was right there with my hand up volunteering to be a guinea pig. Pick me pick me ohh pick me!

Now my nails are gorgeous and I feel flirty and cute and young. B loves it - amazing what a small thing it was that shook up my self-image! I have pretty hands.


I think I may have unleashed a monster. You see, there's a girl trapped inside me shrieking "but you used to love make-up!" and I've been happily stuffing her back down....but maybe, just maybe, I could let her out to play a bit?

As long as she doesn't try to make me go too far and actually find my watch.

16 comments:

Stomper Girl said...

You be careful of all this prettiness. You know where it could lead...

MsCellania said...

Hm, yes, I know this Snatching Back of Me out of the doldrums of motherhood.
Go for it!
Become a High Maintenance Woman again!
(I think this is what sg is referring to - er - it's not pregnancy, is it?!)

Cat, Galloping said...

i feel better when i'm happy with how i look. imho, we women are lucky that we have the option to wear makeup. a little $$ and time at the bobbi brown counter was all it took for people to LITERALLY go from telling me i looked exhausted (even when i wasn't) to telling me i look well rested (even when i am not).

meggie said...

O yes, I know the stage, when you suddenly realise there IS life after children!

bec said...

Far out. Me too. Just this year since January...

And it started with a cute haircut, too.

velcro said...

Know what you mean. Occasionally I have a period where I make myself wear makeup every day even if it's to do the housework. Makes me feel much better about myself.

Beagle said...

I haven't even reached motherhood and I am suffering from the need of a good haircut. All those early IVF appointments turned me into a "hair scraped back, where is my watch" kind of girl. Somehow I got stuck there!

I'll tried to take some inspiration from you here.

So what kind of cute cut did you get?

Spanglish said...

Enjoy the reincarnation of the girly girl. Have fun with it!!

kimmyk said...

next thing you know you're blog will be...

PINK!

Caro said...

It sounds like it's time to reclaim yourself. Motherhood can definitely make hair and cosmetics less of a priority.

Molly said...

Ditto to Meggie's comment!

Angewl said...

I am so glad youa re feeling good about yourself!

You are Woman, let me hear you roar!

jAMiE said...

Any pics? I'm all about looking my best when i feel up to it..i just wish i had hair to pull back = )

Sarah Louise said...

I find it odd but comforting that I've never worn lipstick whilst on a date with Max--and why start now? So much of that "getting pretty" seems to be for "other women" anyways.

But I do miss "getting gussied up" as my mom would put it.

Sarah Louise said...

(and I'm not a mom, I might add--so the phenomenon of "letting yourself go" is NOT cornered by moms.)

I spose part of it is that I work in an industry with frumpy women.

And that I'd clearly rather blog this morning than get any work done...

My float said...

I have caterpillars for eyebrows. You've inspired me to make an appointment at the beautician.