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Beneath the Ever-Present Tees and Yoga Pants

By Nichole |

She thinks I'm beautiful and there's no better feeling.

When you’re struggling to get pregnant, so much of your energy is spent on what your body isn’t doing. How it’s failing. How you are failing.

And when you have small children and just showering feels like an accomplishment, it’s tough to look in the mirror and see beauty.

I have to admit that yoga pants and a ponytail don’t help matters much, either.

But despite all of this, there are times when I do feel beautiful…

…not from what I see in the mirror, but by what I see mirrored in my 4-year-old daughter.

When I catch her copying me, my mannerisms, the way I often push my sunglasses on top of my head, or the way she wants me to paint her nails the same color as mine, I see myself in her eyes.

In those moments I feel gorgeous.

To her, I am the most beautiful woman in the world.  She looks at me and simply sees beauty.

And I can’t think of anything more amazing than that.

Essie Polish in Coat Azure

I’m not sure who is happier about the fact that we have matching manicures, Katie or me.

Nail polish is the beauty product that makes me feel most beautiful.

I love that while makeup washes away at the end of the day, polish hangs around a bit longer and gives me an excuse to avoid doing the dishes.

The only brand of polish that I use is Essie because I’m convinced there is no polish more fabulous. Katie and I are currently head over heels in love with Coat Azure.

What makes you feel beautiful? I’d love to know!

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About Nichole

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Nichole Beaudry lives in Sacramento, California with her husband Craig, their daughter Katie and baby boy Matthew. In her former life she was a college English professor, now she shares some of her small moments in her Practicing Gratitude column each week at SheKnows and works at AllParenting as the Assignments Editor. She was a contributor to Babble, and currently keeps a personal blog, In These Small Moments.

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5 thoughts on “Beneath the Ever-Present Tees and Yoga Pants

  1. angela says:

    Oooh, that’s pretty. I love Essie. My moms club had a mani/pedi mom’s night out tonight, and I feel prettier than I have in forever, just because my nails look nice (Essie Marino Cool – grayish lilac which isn’t springy, but either is our Michigan weather unfortunately.)

  2. Mama Wants This says:

    That’s adorable! I love pedicures. Right now, I’m sporting a gorgeous lavender and it makes me happy looking at it. My husband is awesome, he always tells me I’m beautiful, even without makeup, hair back and in pajamas :)

  3. Sherri says:

    I could SO use a pedicure right now! And I love that blue….so calming.

    I think having my daughter borrow something of mine or imitate me is the best feeling ever.

  4. Stacey says:

    It is so hard to feel beautiful during any of these parenting phases. For me, just taking a shower is quite the feat! I actually love getting my hair done. I love how it feels afterwards and it stays shiny for a while. Right before my baby was born, I also got a mani-pedi. It was awesome to pamper myself like that! I wish I could do it more often.

  5. Kir says:

    Oh my kind of post…having my hair highlighted and my pedicure…I love when I look down and my cotton candy toes are peeking up at me, it makes me feel sexy. My haircut does too..it’s short but it’s “me” and when I fluff it or push my asymetrical bangs out of my eyes…I feel pretty.
    When Gio or Jacob tells me I’m “bootiful” ..well that helps too!

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