Friday, November 25, 2011

Treat Yourself

As a full time work at home mom, having time for yourself is such a luxury. On the average day, I would say that the only time that I really have for myself, by myself is when I take a shower.  And most of the time.. it's a hurried shower, mind you!  Get the basics done, in and out in a swoosh.  The direct Malay translation would be bathing like goats. Haa! Other than that, is when the kids are already asleep.  By which, most of the time, I would already be tired and ready to call it a day as well.  When is a mom to get some R&R?  A facial, a massage, retail therapy? A manicure for my rough hands and plain nails?  A spa pedicure for my tired, achy, scaly feet? All of the above please!

I'm personally not a nail polish person but I do love a good manicure and pedicure.  Many a times I have thought about giving myself this treat and many a times I talked myself out of it citing that surely I can cut my own nails?  Hence the lackluster state of my hand and toenails now!  So anyone thinking of a birthday or Christmas present to give me, there you go. Go on, treat this momma! Heeee...

If you are into beautifying your nails and hands and feet, google Julep to find out more.  There is also a program called julep maven that allows anyone interested to sign up and be able to sample all the latest products and trends in nail products today just like all the beauty editors do.


It has been 4 months and almost two weeks that Ashraf Zane came into our lives and he has been an absolute delight.  From his smiles and coos to pouty lips, he's gorgeous.  Spoken like a true dotting mom, kan?  Well, it's true.  And I have really been mommying him for the past 4 months.  I can proudly say that I am the sole primary caregiver of the little tyke.  It has been challenging at times but mostly I find myself thinking, how can any mom ever go out and work and let somebody else take care of their baby and miss out on all the lovely surprises, the bonding, the developments each day?  Is it a sacrifice indeed and I truly admire those mommies who so easily balance both work and family life.

Alhamdulillah that I have been able to breastfeed Ashraf and still continuing despite there (still) being some naysayers that insist it isn't enough.  My baby is 7.9kg at 4 months, healthy and happy and how can they still think that it is not enough?

Alhamdulillah for being able to make choices that I have made.  For the guidance I have received, the support that is so generously given.

So many things to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating. Much love.