"Men are what their mothers made them" --Ralph Waldo Emerson
All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.
Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.
The loveliest materpiece of the heart of God is the love of a Mother.

During my first pregnancy and after giving birth to Zeeshan 3,5 years ago, I got into some situations where I feel awful about myself.  When pregnant I got all-day sickness (not just in the morning, every mom knows that), feeling tired and difficulty in eating as well, especially in the first trimester.  After giving birth (as a first time mom) I tried to figured things out and managed the time to do this and that.  I felt terrible looking myself in the mirror, looking far from fresh and energized. I smelled awful, a mix of breastmilk-sweat-baby slobber.  Poor baby to have a mom who couldn't look good  (and how could he stands that smell?).  Well, I can get through that situations then and I'm so willing to get through it again this time.

These what I did and what I do now to keep me looking good and most importantly to feel good about myself:

 

  1. Get under the shower
    Eventhough it'll only last for a quick three minutes. Oh, and lather up my favorite shower foam scent.
  2. Dress nicely
    A clean clothes will do.
  3. Get a nice haircut
    If possible, color my hair.
  4. Put some make up on
    When I go out at least I put sunblock and powder up. Bring the lip gloss.  (I don't do make up that much).
  5. Eat healthy foods properly
    At least I try to eat something rather than letting my stomach empty. Not forgetting that my baby needs that nutrition and I also need the energy.
  6. Exercise
    Any kind of exercise. Doctor's order is to listen to my body, don't forced it and stop when tired.  I went swimming couple times when I got Zeeshan.  Now I do yoga and plan to take a walk every now and then.
  7. Take a rest and get relaxed
    Sleep, watch movies, go out or read books. Or get myself a massage.  
  8. Smile...and laugh
    Really.  It helps make me through the day. Do it with the baby in my womb, with family and friends, watching comedies and when the baby's there smiled and laughed with Zeeshan.  Sung a song for him and made up a song and laughing at the point that I realized I'm a terrible singer.
  9. Pray
    It's not just an obligation for me or the need to communicate to the Almighty, but it calms me down as well when the going gets tough.

That's my side of story, what's yours?