Becoming a mother has been the biggest thing of my life thus far, and to be honest, I'm not sure anything else could top it.
When you're pregnant, you look down at your beautiful bump moving around, feel like a hen protecting her precious egg. Keeping it safe and warm. Loved.
When your precious new life enters the world, you feel like you've accomplished something incredible. You feel proud of your body for growing and nurturing a mini you, and nothing else in the world matters.
The first few weeks are a whirlwind of emotions. I felt so proud but also criticised myself for not doing things right. Be it, not washing up, not getting dressed, not having time to eat, not walking the dogs, not thinking about what we were going to eat for dinner, not feeding Theo at the right time and learning his cries etc.
A valuable lesson I learned is that it's OK to try things out, see if they work for you, and if they don't, try something else.
Even now, 7 months on, I find it hard to balance looking after Theo with looking after myself. Somehow I am not even on the radar anymore. I don't buy myself new clothes or shoes, I haven't had my haircut in over a year, I can't remember the last time I had a manicure or pedicure and I certainly don't get to have long steamy baths anymore, let alone anything else of the steamy kind.
I'm trying really hard to remember I still exist. Grab a spare minute or two to workout, do my eyebrows, wash my hair etc. I would have been grateful if a Baptiste can came free in a Bounty bag, the amount I use it.
So, I decided to find five items that make me feel better, or like me. I must use these whenever I like, or treat myself to them.
My top five items are:
ModelCo's Tan in a Can. This keeps me looking glowing goddess, rather than a glum goat.
Cowshed Stretch Mark cream. I know, I know, it's supposed to be about me not the pregnancy etc! BUT, it smells amazing, and helps to soothe those evil stripes. Grrr.
Now I love purple. Super adore. The Tom's are so comfortable, flexible and easy to chuck on, and you also feel good because with each pair bought, another goes to a child in poverty. I now have a few colours, and Theo even has a pair (Sorry, this is supposed to be about me!)
I haven't bought this yet, but really really want one! I love Moleskine and I must own over 50 of their notebooks. Unused. I know, I have problems. Anyway, I want one for my iPad. Yeah.
This Jessica Nails colour was the one I was wearing when I gave birth (I know... Lovely colour right?!). Venus was her name has the most beautiful pearlesant purpley shade to it, and it is amazing on toes. It has a special memory for me, and is therefore my favourite nail polish to date!
What are your top five products? Do you have a special reason as to why you use them? Do you feel it's hard to look after yourself as well as your baby? I would love to know what your thoughts are.... X