After 2 and a half months, I finally managed to get to the salon this past weekend, and it was glorious. I got my hair cut short and had highlights put in, so it took almost 3 hours. It was the longest I have been away from my baby thus far, and I definitely missed him, but it was nice to just sit still for awhile and relax. (It was also REALLY nice to get back home to my little boy. Turns out I just cannot get enough of him.)
Since I am still carting around a decent potbelly and starting to wonder if round is just going to be my permanent look from now on, going to the salon made such a difference in how I feel about myself. I got myself dressed instead of just rolling around the house in sweat pants and a nursing tank like I often do, and I daresay I may even consider shaving my legs tonight...well, okay...maybe tomorrow.
The point is that it is so important to take time to do something nice for yourself from time to time. Whether it is a trip to the salon, a new outfit, a massage, a mani-pedi, or whatever does it for you, make it happen. If money is too tight for luxury items, treat yourself at home. Have your spouse or a friend watch the kids for a few hours and take a long bath, do your hair, and give yourself a manicure. It will make such a difference and make you feel so refreshed. Do it for you. Do it for your spouse. Do it for your kids. Do it!