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Happy Birthday Prince George

Woah – time doesn’t half fly! Can you believe that Prince George is nearly a year old already?! Yup, the most famous toddler in the world will be celebrating his 1st Birthday on July 22nd. It really doesn’t seem five minutes since the world and his wife took up residence outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital ready to pap anyone and everyone who went in and out. Really they were there for the ‘big announcement’ but ‘cabin fever’ took hold and the reporters from around the world took to spouting all manner of royal pregnancy ‘trivia’ to fill airtime. And do you know what……… even the most cynical republicans amongst us rather enjoyed it.

When Prince George was born at a whopping 8lbs 6oz he was pronounced, one of the heaviest royal babies in history. Apparently there were more than 25,000 tweets per minute about the royal baby’s birth and then we waited with baited breath for the royal baby name announcement . When it came, we were a tad surprised by how traditional it was. Yes, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge sounds like a fine name for a future king but it would have been nice to have had a more modern name in there somewhere. Nothing way out, just something a bit more contemporary? Clarence House’s official tweet announcing George’s name was retweeted over 18,000 times. The infographic below has plenty of fun trivia facts about George’s birth!

Prince George infographic

Apparently, as you can see, William and Kate have given poor Prince George the nickname PG Tips because of his initials. Good to see they have a sense of humour! A quality which they needed when they took George on their recent royal visit to Australia. After throwing his wombat gift on the floor and snatching another child’s toy in a playgroup visit, George certainly tested his parents’ patience. Instead of stressing they took it all in their stride and laughed it off.

Prince George, Catherine and William have had a heck of a year with many significant milestones passing without comment. Has George started walking yet? We don’t know but we do know he’s well on the way.

The one question we’re all asking now, is when will Prince George have a baby brother or sister? Will 2015 be another royal summer? Oh and …… Happy Birthday Prince George!

The Benefits of Perinatal Yoga

Yoga Stretching WomanIt doesn’t matter whether you’re completely new to yoga or have been practicing for years, pregnancy is the perfect time to start.

Earlier this month academics from Newcastle and Manchester Universities found that pregnant women who attended a yoga class every week for eight weeks experienced less anxiety compared to those who received normal antenatal treatment, with a single yoga class during pregnancy having the potential to cut anxiety to mothers-to-be by a third! Perinatal yoga carries so many health benefits for both you and your child. It is so much more than your usual gym class… it’s a training in deep relaxation and preparation for birth and motherhood. Founder of YogaBellies, Cheryl MacDonald, tell us about the benefits of perinatal yoga.

Perinatal Yoga

- Yoga plays an important role in the actual birth of your child. After practicing for up to eight weeks your body is stronger and has more flexibility which helps you adapt to various positions when in labour. You will find that your ligaments are more elastic which can reduce labour pains.

Woman Yoga-When we practice yoga, the love hormone, Oxytocin is released. Oxytocin’s main functions include preparing the female body for childbirth, stimulating milk production so that the baby can nurse, and encouraging the bond between the mum and her new-born baby. Deep breathing and stretching warms the body and allows us to release further oxytocin. By taking the body through the practice of yoga, we warm the muscles and joints, making the physical body more comfortable and relaxed. By continuing the practice with savasana (deep relaxation) and meditation, we encourage the production of oxytocin even further.

-Yoga asana (stretching exercises) relieves aches and pains which are common in pregnancy as well as promoting the circulation of blood and oxygen throughout the body to relax the mother’s body and mind. Posture can be a problem during pregnancy as your pelvis shifts forward as a response to the increased weight of the growing bump but yoga postures will help your abdominal muscles strengthen and make you stand tall!

-Pregnancy and birth also shifts the position of the internal and digestive organs, causing problems with digestion such as indigestion, trapped wind and flatulence. Yoga can help to restore healthy digestion and ease any discomfort.

Yoga Bellies logo- The pelvic floor muscles are there to support your baby during pregnancy and the vital reproductive organs. Practising yoga in pregnancy or at any other time can strengthen the pelvic muscles and help with supporting this extra weight. Even more important is continuing yoga after childbirth to help rebuild the pelvic floor and prevent from further health problems such as lower back pain or incontinence.

-  Breathing is not something we tend to think about day to day, it’s a natural function of the body. But during yoga it’s beneficial to focus on every single breath. By practicing deep breaths you learn to breathe to your belly, which effectively means you are using the abdominals to breathe and using your diaphragm and ribs to breathe. Learning to breathe properly and make effective use of breathing techniques can calm the mind, body and soul, even in frightening or high-stress situations such as childbirth.

by Cheryl MacDonald, who specialises in perinatal yoga and natural birth preparation classes with Yoga Bellies

Birth Trauma

baby being bornMy Birth Trauma Story by Jennie Harrison

There have been several articles published recently by midwives on the pressure that they are facing and what it means to the health of Mums and their Little Ones.

There is a huge staff shortage with no budget for more midwives and there is also a fear of litigation, which creates a system focused on reducing costs rather than the best outcome for Mum and her baby. Lots of women give birth with absolutely no complications and a straightforward, healthy birth is possible for most women. However for some this system will impact on both them and their baby as this defensive practice can lead to intervention after intervention and result in a traumatic birth.

When a birth becomes prolonged or more complicated, the stress on both Mum and Little One is increased and can affect sleep and anxiety levels. As a Mum you don’t have time to process this experience as you are thrust into the most amazingly exhausting time of your life, so the fear, guilt, sadness, newborn babyanxiety get tucked away only to come back and haunt us later. Little Ones are the same, they can’t process what they’ve just been through and this can cause anxiety and sleep issues, again for years to come.

I experienced a traumatic birth with my little boy, so I understand how it feels. I had a textbook pregnancy and felt very calm about the birth. I had planned a water birth with gentle music, dimmed lights and very few people there. Due to a cascade of intervention in hospital we ended up with an emergency forceps delivery in theatre, bright lights and 12 people. My stay in hospital was not a good experience and I was happy to get home. Although I was elated and being a mum came very naturally to me, I couldn’t ignore the underlying anxiety, flash backs and panic attacks that I experienced. I had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), although according to my doctor I was just an anxious Mum that needed to get out without my baby. I was lucky that I had trained as a Reiki Practitioner prior to becoming pregnant, as it was these treatments that eased my anxiety and helped my Little One sleep.

mother and babyI didn’t return to my full time job as I couldn’t leave my little boy and couldn’t have coped with the corporate world. I made the decision to help other mums who had experienced birth trauma and set up my own company. I have since worked with lots of Mums and Little Ones who have experienced a traumatic birth, although this is not the reason they come to me. The majority of Mums I work with approach me because their Little One is not sleeping. Whether they are babies or 6 years old, they are still affected by their birth, still struggle to sleep and normally have some sort of anxiety as well. I help both Mum and Little One to move on from the birth, to feel safe again and to sleep!

“The Mind of Your Newborn Baby” is a fascinating book by Dr David Chamberlain, a psychologist who uses hypnotherapy to resolve trauma. He has found that many adults are still affected by the birth trauma that they experienced and when under hypnosis can recount the whole event. I had read this book so had some understanding about how babies form memories about their birth, however I still felt shocked when 3 months ago my little boy started talking to me about his birth. He is nearly 3 and was toddlerable to tell me how scary it was as well as act out the process of being born. He said he was scared for me and I was scared for him. I used Reiki Treatments, gentle conversation and lots of cuddles to help him move forward from this so that the nightmares have stopped, he is sleeping again and his anxiety has reduced.

Childbirth can have a huge impact in shaping you as a Mum and your baby as a person, but you don’t need to suffer in silence. The anxiety, fear and guilt do not have to stay tucked away and you can feel ‘normal’ again. I know, I’ve lived it and I’ve come through the other side of it.

As for the system that can create this type of experience, I have decided it is time to speak up, to raise awareness and push to change it so that fewer Mums and Little Ones suffer. If you would like to share your experience please take part in my Birth Trauma survey . The more voices we have, the bigger impact can be made.   If you feel you need help to deal with your experience my website is www.isistherapy.co.uk

by Jennie Harrison

What Type of Childcare is Right for Your Family?

baby being fedThere are a lot of different types of childcare out there. When you’re looking for childcare it’s easy to get your head in a spin so what type of childcare is right for your family?

Is a childminder or nursery best for your child? Do you need a full-time or part-time nanny? What type of childcare is right for my family?

Here’s a list of 5 different types of childcare, which can make your life much easier. Once you have figured out what is right for you, you can find your perfect care solution at Care.com.

A Mother’s Help

You’re not going crazy, you just need a quiet cup of coffee and five minutes in the bathroom without a little one screaming through the door that she needs you now. nanny with babyStay-at-home parents can sometimes feel uneasy about hiring someone to help around the house, but needing a helping hand doesn’t mean you lose the “Super Mum” title — it just means you know when to take a breather from those ever-energetic kids! A mother’s help usually plays with your child when you’re in the house. Depending on your requirements a mother’s help can also do some housekeeping and cleaning. Having a trusted mother’s help will relieve you for a few hours a week. Meaning you get some uninterrupted time to get work done, cook dinner or read an actual book.

Babysitter

A babysitter is something that every parent should have in their arsenal. Whether you ask one to watch your children while you run errands or go on a date night with your partner, babysitters make your life run smoothly. Babysitters will play with your kids, feed them and even handle bedtime. They’re great for a few short hours when you need a break. Lots of families hire younger babysitters to fill this role. Look for someone with the age and maturity to do the things you need. Will they be making dinner and putting your kids to bed, or will the kids already be asleep and the babysitter just has to sit in the house while you go out for the evening?

Full-Time Nanny

Nannies can be particularly helpful to working parents. They care for and entertain babysitter and babyyour child all day while you’re gone. Parents who work from home often rely on nannies just to get a full day’s work in. While balancing work and kids in the home may sound good in the beginning, anyone who has tried to compose a simple email with kids underfoot knows it can be counterproductive. This shouldn’t be a source of guilt. Nannies are career childcare professionals who can be depended on every day. Nannies are different from babysitters because they watch your kids for longer periods of time and are more involved with their development and education. For help understanding your responsibilities when employing a nanny, visit Nannytax.

Part-Time Nanny

Sometimes you need someone who is a mix of babysitter and nanny. That’s where part-time nannies come in. Maybe you need someone to watch your children for a few hours every day during the gap between when school finishes and you come home from work. Maybe you need someone to watch your children all day when baby girl sucking thumbthey are on school holiday for a week — but you can’t take a week off work. Babysitters aren’t the best option because you want someone who is more hands-on with your children and is trained in childcare. And you don’t need a full-time nanny who will watch them all day. So post a job for a part-time nanny and get someone who fits what you need.

Backup Sitter

You’re lucky enough to have a reliable, you-can-always-count-on-me babysitter, nanny or daycare provider, but what happens when your unfailing caregiver….well, fails? They’re only human, which means sometimes your babysitter will fall ill, go on holiday or have a date night of their own when you really need them. And if your little one goes to nursery or a childminder, there’s that always-looming chance your child could get a temperature — and have to stay at home. So it’s always a good idea to have someone trustworthy you can call in case your usual helper can’t watch the children for one reason or another.

By Care.com

Lose Weight or Buy a New Jacket?

woman shopping For reasons beyond my control, namely an extreme chocolate addiction (it’s real, I’ve read it in the paper so it must be true!), an appetite not commensurate with my height and age and medication I suppose I can genuinely do nothing about, I am in desperate need of some new clothes.

Those few pounds have managed to convert themselves into a stone! Do I blame my life of sloth, the munchies consumed most nights watching TV, the fact I watch TV rather than ‘go out for a run’, the Pregabelin & numerous pills I have to take every day …. or do I blame myself for not keeping a closer eye on things?  It’s pretty much a combination of all those things really plus Lycra. For were it not for Lycra, I’d have noticed before.

New Jacket

Anyway damage limitation – a few new clothes, methinks, to tide me over whilst I try to adopt a healthier lifestyle. The first thing I need is a new jacket. I’m hankering after that much talked-about pink coat in M&S but right now it’s an autumny jacket I need and the women’s jackets range at Littlewoods is where I’ve started my quest.

The thing is with this time of year, a coat’s too warm but quite often you need a little something extra. And sometimes a cardi just doesn’t pass muster if you know what I mean. So do I go bold with my colour choice or do I play safe? Plain or a print? Short or……. ? Arghhhhh!

Autumn Coat

Who actually ever looks like this in a jacket?

There are so many decisions to be made and so many styles and designs to choose from. Clothes-buying is so much easier if you’re a man. They don’t have anything like the number of decisions that we have to make everytime they need/want to buy something to wear. Think men’s pants and women’s knickers – the same product in principle but oh how much easier it is to buy the men’s variety! And it starts from the minute we’re born too: as many a Mum will testify, there’s loads more choice when it comes to buying for girl babies than boy babies and I’m not entirely sure that too much choice is always good!

So anyway back to the beginning really – lose weight or buy a new jacket?

by

Kathryn Crawford – Editor of TheBabyWebsite
September 2013

Taking Care of New Mums after Giving Birth

Having a baby is the most wonderful time in a young woman’s life, a time of joy, and love and new beginnings. That’s what every young girl is told anyway; the constant tiredness, the aches and pains and the endless poo are not mentioned at all!

Mum with babyAnyone dealing with a new mums can do a lot to help them at this stressful and, yes, magical time.

First of all it must be accepted that there is a major change in the home dynamic; a couple has become a family and this can cause ripples throughout the infrastructure of the home. Even the most timid and reticent of us may well become vociferous defending our child’s well-being. Couples-time falls away in favour of the many activities that go into keeping a baby happy, healthy and well-fed, and this can cause a strain on even the strongest partnership if it is allowed to. For at least the first six weeks, and possibly longer, a partner should not even hint at the resumption of a sex life – apart from the extreme tiredness and stress of being responsible for a brand new life, physically intercourse will be too uncomfortable to contemplate for a while for most new mums, but many supportive hugs will be gratefully received. Partners should also be prepared for changes when play does resume – babies do leave their mark on the –ahem – exit! To help with this the new mum should be encouraged to resume gentle exercise as soon as she feels able. Pelvic floor exercises can help everything ease back into place smoothly, and taking up a gentle routine will encourage the flow of endorphins which will counteract mood swings, as well as providing the obvious health benefits of an exercise regime.

New mums should always be treated with respect. Even if there are mood swings, tears and slammed doors never blame it on her hormones, or treat her as though she is dim-witted. Mothers-in-law and older sisters or even friends who already have babies just love to give advice. While absolutely fine in its place (it can occasionally be very useful, indeed) sometimes the flow of information washing over a young mother can overload her; especially if it conflicts with thoughts and customs that she holds dear. Circumcision, baptism, even something as trivial as the correct way to wrap baby for a feed, all of these can become points of contention if so permitted. All third parties must realise that decisions to be made about the babies health, future and upbringing will be made by the baby’s parents and no-one else. In-laws especially must take a step back, and allow their children to make the best decisions for the grandchildren without interference.

Baby BrainAll mums will become acquainted with ‘baby brain’ – the slowness of thought, almost dull-wittedness common to all new mums. While completely normal this can knock a woman’s confidence quite badly and she may need plenty of reassurance that she is still beautiful and attractive, even though her libido has gone on holiday for the duration.

Worrying about her appearance is not something a new mum should be doing. Very few women can look after a brand new baby and maintain perfectly made-up faces and well-styled outfits. Mums should be encouraged to not worry about looking perfect, or even about regaining their pre-baby figure too quickly. Assuming that life will snap back into its pre-baby order too quickly is a perfect recipe for depression. Maternity leave, at least six months, should be spent getting to know the baby, not catching up on chores and renovations. Mums should sleep when baby sleeps – she may not get 8 hours in a convenient block, but as long as she naps when the little one does she is likely to clock up a decent number of sleep hours over 24 hours, which will come in handy for getting up for those 3:00am feeds.

New mums need to remember that the bad times (sleepless nights, alarming , smelly nappies, and endless tiredness etc) all pass and that Mum and child will come through it all, knowing each other and ready to enjoy the rest of their lives together. The most important way to support and help a new mum, bearing, as she does, the brunt of this new relationship, is to give her plenty of praise for what she does for the new baby and to stand-by ready to help when she needs it.

 

About this article: This article has been written by Mary Murphy, the communications manager for Irish based website eumom.ie – Ireland’s largest online community website for mothers with over 100,000 members. The website publishes regular pregnancy advice and guides for mums. Feel free to visit the website and join our happy community!

Preparing for our Family Holiday in France

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We have three young children and were all heading off on our first family holiday abroad.

 

We thought that choosing a holiday that didn’t entail too much time in the car would be a good idea so France was a logical destination. We thought that a drive, a ferry crossing followed by another drive didn’t seem too bad and would keep the cost down and give us our own transport when we’re there.

I made a list of all main things I would need from passports, tickets, foreign currency and insurance policies. What more would I need besides beach wear, sunscreen & first aid box!

As this is all new to us I decided to look on the internet and was surprised to read the ‘other essential things’ I needed.

So I thought I’d share them with you too:

  • Valid Driving License (both the photo card and paper counterpart)
  • A GB sticker clearly displayed on the back of your car (unless your car has ‘Euro-plates’ – number-plates that show a circle of 12 stars on a blue background)
  • Headlamp converters (stickers you put on your headlights when you’re driving on the right, so your lights don’t dazzle motorists coming the other way)
  • Single Use Breathalysers are obligatory in all motorised vehicles as of 1 July 2012 (Road users are advised to carry at least two breathalysers at all times & kits should complying with French regulations and carrying the “NF” label. Available from Halfords from £3)
  • Carry a Warning Triangle (Compulsory)
  • Reflective Jackets (jacket must be stored in the vehicle not kept in the boot) Non-compliance is a fine able offence

While driving in France, did you also know:

  • Children under 10 can’t travel in the front seat
  • The drink-driving limit is 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood – lower than the UK limit of 80mg per 100ml
  • The speed limit is 50kph in towns, 80-100kph on open roads and 110-130kph on motorways
  • It is illegal to cross, even partially, on to the hard shoulder of a motorway without due cause.
  • In built-up areas, if there’s no yellow diamond sign, you must give way to any cars coming out of a side turning on the right
  • In-car radar detectors and satellite navigation systems which warn of the presence of speed cameras or radars are illegal whether in use or not. Their use or possession can attract fines and/or, confiscation of the device and the vehicle.

Bon Voyage  x

Trick or Treating: The Etiquette of…

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sure, a bunch of us grown-ups think trick or treating is a cheap and tacky American construct that fosters the inner hooligan in children. i’m here to tell you that you’re soooo wrong. where good manners exist, there is fun to be had in DROVES!!!

i’ll tell you how i do it, shall i?

my little boy and i will be Trick or Treating after school and will only walk down our road (granted, it is a long road lol), but he will have had his tea, will be adorably attired as Buzz Lightyear – i will be the accompanying WitchiePoo [no jokes] and after half hour, we’ll go home and entertain other Trick-or-Treaters at our residence until 8pm. hubby will be at home to put out the decorations before we get back and will be dressed as a ghoul or zombie [again, no jokes lol]. when we get home and check out his sweetie hoard, he’ll only be allowed to keep wrapped sweets (health and safety, and all that)…

Trick or Treating

first off, if a house has NO Halloweeny accoutrements or decorations visible from the front gate, then the residents are NOT INTERESTED in sharing their sweeties. DO NOT KNOCK at that house! if you are lucky enough to find some participating homes, you wait patiently for the door to be answered and say ‘TRICK OR TREAT!’ and then WAIT to be offered sweeties! DO NOT GRAB at the bowl as if you’ve not had dinner! (note: feed your kids and make sure they do toilet before leaving home!)

at the age of 4, our little boy’s a seasoned trick-or-treater and is fully aware of the required etiquette.

so you bitter grumps out there [yes, you!] who prefer to label this day as a day of trouble, think about what you can do to change that. want some suggestions?
try this:

  • don’t open your door to strangers after 8pm – all respectable trick-or-treaters will have finished by then;
  • if you do want to participate but don’t want to spend any money on the day, have a bowl of your old, left-over sweets hanging around the door (just in case)
  • if you DO want trick-or-treaters to knock, give some indication to the non-mindreading public that you HAVE TREATS TO GIVE by putting a sign or a decoration on your door or gate
  • NEVER GIVE MONEY! that’s not fun and it’s not what trick or treating is about!

now, i know you’re wondering about the flip side of the coin. yep, i know you thought you’d got away. no you haven’t. if you come to my door trick or treating and you’re NOT in costume? you’ve wasted your time walking up my garden path. if you appear to be over 16 and have no younger children in costume about you? again, you’ve wasted your time ringing my bell. looking for money? seriously? i think you’ve figured out what my response to that would be!

Happy Halloween and have fun trick-or-treating! muhahahahahahahahaha

it’s a weird feeling that i’m feeling…

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i know i’m not the only one to feel this ‘feeling’ and i know this is something that every parent experiences sooner or later. i know this is a ‘rite of passage’ so i know that the feeling will pass or evolve into something else. it’s just that right now, right here, at this time and place, i am dreading Nathan starting primary school.

yes, you can laugh – at or with me, same difference lol – but i’m having palpitations and night sweats over this.you see, i’ve finally fulfilled my ambition and had the opportunity to be a full-time mummy when Nathan left nursery on 23rd June and we’ve had an awesome time doing whatever we pleased whenever the mood took us. we’ve been to meet daddy in the City for lunch, taken a day trip to Paulton’s Park, spent days and nights at friends’ homes, been to the local parks, did an intensive swimming course, attended a local church’s playscheme, helped the elderly paint with watercolours at the Holiday at Home scheme, spread a duvet on the living room floor and ate popcorn for hours pretending it was a cinema, gone shopping for his school uniform and shoes, had a toy sale one Saturday and have had random visits and sleepovers, we played bingo in the summerhouse, had a BBQ, been to various magic shows – all of which have been excellent fun! yet i’m dreading him going off to school…

i’ve spent every waking moment with him, absorbing him in these last months, weeks and days before he becomes a schoolboy. that’s it, that’s my problem right there! he’s not going to be a little kiddywink going to nursery anymore. no, my little pumpkin is going to be a schoolboy.i’ve got a home visit from his new teacher this Monday – lovely lady, met her at the introductory and induction sessions – (what do i discuss with her? what will she want to know? will she give me tips? OMD this is some serious pressure! will tomorrow’s visit determine how she views Nathan for the rest of the school year?) then he starts in full school uniform on Monday 12th for mornings only (settling-in period) and from Monday 19th September 2011, my little boy will be at school all day, every day.

will he still want to curl up on my lap, play with my hair, sing lullabies into my ear? will he still want ‘huggles’? will he still think that Eskimo kisses are the most affection you can show someone or will he think he’s too grown up? will he still want to hold my hand in the street or hug my leg and put my arm around his shoulder as we walk along together?

over the past couple years, people on the street often mistook Nathan for being older than he actually was as he is quite tall, so i took great satisfaction in informing them that he was only 2 and therefore entitled to still be in a stroller if he wanted to be or that he was not at school because he was not of school-age so i was not being a negligent parent having him at home on a school-day. that smugness has been stripped from me now. if i put him in a stroller or walked with him in my arms because he was tired or kept him at home then i would be an unfit parent! how unfair the other side of the coin is!?!

i don’t want to lose my little pumpkin but i can’t see how i can make him stay this way without social services or police getting involved lol. my hubby thinks i’m being an over-dramatic saddo (i think he’s in denial about his own feelings ha ha!). i can’t help how i’m feeling. is this normal? have any of you experienced anything like this? how did you cope?

how am i going to deal with these feelings? *no violence, please! lol*

please, please, please reassure me that i’m not alone!

eyelash extensions…here’s what happened…

last Friday, i had a bit of a splurge on myself at the salon and had my eyebrows threaded, dyed semi-permanent, had a manicure, had my hair blow-dried and had the ‘cheaper’ eyelash extensions applied (£35!!!!)…i looked the bomb when i walked out of the place!

i had asked the technician how i was supposed to keep these eyelashes looking good for 4 weeks (while i was there, a lady came in to have hers removed after FIVE WEEKS!!!) because it was a serious sting to the pocket…the technician told me that i had to make sure not to get them wet and to stay out of steamy areas :?

okay, let’s list some of those places: the shower, the sauna, the steam-room at the gym (for those who go to the gym, that is – not me, ha!), standing over the cooker (for those who cook, that is lol)

i thought it was a bit odd but then thought i was just unaccustomed to the new beauty regimes seeing as i’ve neglected myself for a few years and things have changed dramatically (remember my Hollywood experience? :lol: ) i decided to consult with the internet on care suggestions – surely i couldn’t be alone in this quandary!

note to self – sleeping: either sit up to sleep or sleep with an eye mask :? hmmmm…i had one skulking about in a drawer somewhere in the house (who’d have thought that BA would come in so handy, eh! :lol: ) found it! at least now my luscious extensions won’t get either squished, distorted or come unstuck during the night…yeah….right

so, cue Saturday morning and i’m going into the shower…how the frack am i supposed to wash my face without screwing £35?!?!?! :shock: i wet my hands and apply cleanser gingerly then wash it off the same way (fracking laborious and long-winded :roll: )…yet, despite my efforts, noted i’d dislodged 3 strands of extensions…checked in the mirror and i didn’t look like a singed dog so carried on with my day :D

note to self – another scenario to avoid: eye drops. no matter how distressed your eyes get due to hayfever symptoms, applying it can cost you your extensions!!!!

Sunday morning. i still look glam but have lost 2 more lashes. feeling a deep longing to just put my face under the shower spray but must resist.

Sunday evening. glamour is overrated. my face needs to feel the refreshing spray of the shower. ah, well, i’ll protect them with my eye mask while i sleep.

Monday morning. sleeping much better with the eye mask but it makes not a blind bit of difference to the confounded extensions. they’re still sticking out in all directions when i wake up. two dropped out on my cheek when i take off the mask.

Monday afternoon. hayfever is a biatch today, eyes streaming. need eye drops. frack eyelash extensions. for the money i paid, they need to be able to live my life with me – good and bad days! lost another extension.

Tuesday morning. who would ever have thought that you could miss WASHING YOUR FACE?!?!?!? :lol: it’s now been 4 days since i’ve had eyelash extensions applied and i can say that i will NOT be wasting that kind of money again!

see ya…i’m off to have a lovely shower and i’m gonna stand under the stream and blow water bubbles because i just missed the feel of running water on my face. :lol: