I think all mamas can relate to the feeling of losing yourself a little. Once you’ve had children, you’re no longer just you; you’re now responsible for an extra person (or persons) who is solely dependant on you. You love them more than life itself, would do anything for them, but while you’re busy looking after them, who is looking after you?
I’m incredibly lucky to have a lovely, helpful husband who is the best dad to Daisy and Zac and a really supportive family. After having Daisy though, it took me a while to realise I wasn’t just a mother, I was still Emma. Emma, who had a pre-baby life. Becoming a parent doesn’t mean your life is changed completely… just that it’s enriched with a whole new experience (and a lot less sleep!). This time around, I’m more conscious of making a bit of time for me; even if it’s a twenty minute bath, with HOT water and no foam letters (if you know, you know!).
Recently, I was lucky enough to become a brand ambassador for a gorgeous local spa, The Rose Retreat. My mother, mother in law and I went for our first treatments there the other day and we have already decided, it’s going to be a monthly thing. We each had an AMAZING facial, a few hours relaxing and just being Sian, Maureen and Emma with no distractions. It was lovely!If you are local, I would absolutely recommend it there. Nestled into our local park grounds, it’s cosy and inviting as soon as you step over the door. The ‘girls in purple’ are talented, friendly and honestly can’t do enough for you. I had the Caudalie Vine (Active) Detox Facial, which included an eye and lip cleanse, face cleanse, tone, scrub and elixir, massage, face mask (hand, arm and shoulder massage while the mask activates), then tone, serum, eye cream and moisturiser elixir to finish… to sum up; I swear my skin is smoother than Zac’s! We finished with cake in the relaxation room and left feeling completely chilled. Highly recommended! The only problem I had was that Daisy was pretty jealous, so we’re off for a ‘Mummy & Me’ afternoon in January, which sounds so cute! As much as I love my children, it’s important to remember that I’m still Emma, not just ‘mammy’. A little TLC goes a long way and can help to recharge those batteries, ready for sleepless nights and school runs all over again. Look after you, and it’ll be easier to look after your littles.
I was very kindly gifted the facial experience, but all views and opinions are my own.