I’m super excited to bring all of you the first edition of Bee Beautiful You!
A new meme on Bees With Honey!
All you need to do is:
1. Write a post about you, a friend, Mother, sister or any other woman you feel warrants a celebration of beauty, inside or out. Tell us why this person is beautiful or share what wonderful things this person does in her family, work place or community.
2. Include my button in your post.
3. Link-up your post every first Tuesday of the month.
4. Comment on any of the other posts also linked up for Bee Beautiful You.
I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s stories!
Until then, I have one to share with you!
In the last five years, I watched myself go from being cute, energetic and fashionable ME to frumpy, tired, grumpy, out of shape Mom.
Why does having babies make us forget? Forget who we use to be before we gained the title of Mother?
I’ll tell you why.
We go from having all the time in the world to having to share that time with a newborn baby. If you add your hubby to the mix, that’s 2 babies. ( Just kidding dear!)
It’s not so bad when you have your first baby. Hubby and you can tag team and relieve each other to take breaks (more like naps – just sayin).
When baby 2 arrives, it’s one parent for one child. The tag teaming becomes more difficult. Parents end up having to learn how to juggle attending to two little ones at one time. Energy levels decrease at double the speed. Things become more challenging.
Then, if you’re brave enough ( some might say dumb enough), you add a third baby to the package and then you become outnumbered. I have a lot of experience in this department, *ahem*.
Time suddenly becomes a figment of your imagination.
You know it exists. You know it’s there. It surprisingly becomes something you end up obsessing about because there never seems to be enough of it.
End result: You’re completely exhausted by the end of the day and have no energy left to exert on yourself. Over time, you just give up and succumb to the inevitable.
Being boring ol’ Mom.
I have done exactly this for the last five years.
I said goodbye to doing my hair in the morning. I gave up on wearing make-up. Heck, some days I barely washed my face. My pajamas became my wardrobe of choice.
I stopped reading.
I stopped sleeping properly.
I stopped making healthy food choices.
I. Simply. Ignored. Myself.
I am finally done with all of that.
Gosh, darn it! ( I can’t swear, sorry.) It’s time for me to reclaim all the TIME I have lost!
Now I read books I like. I watch shows on television. I exercise (although this one I tend to put on the back burner) and I spend more time on personal beauty hygiene.
Finally, I can do this!
With my 5 yr old now in Kinder and my 3 yr old in preschool, I am finding more time come available for myself.
I no longer stay in my pj’s all day and my hair no longer gets tied up in a ponytail. I’m up at 6am to be with my teen before she’s off to school.
I’m already dressed and groomed by the time my little ones awake.
Once I drop them off at school, I’m ready for the day.
The day that belongs to me.
The time that allows me to be the person I use to be, only better.
Better me is older, wiser and more appreciative of all things simple.
Goodbye grumpy Mommy.
Welcome back cute, energetic and fashionable ME.
I’ve so missed you!