Back in the days before I had kids, I was a perfectly coiffed and made up kind of gal. I had manicures and pedicures every two weeks, my hair cut and foiled religiously and best of all, my eyebrows waxed on an extremely regular basis.
The day that I found out I was pregnant I decided to ditch the acrylic nails. The thought of changing a diaper and getting poop stuck under one of them grossed this germaphobe out to no end. Not to mention the fact that I knew my nails would grow like crazy and I would have to get the darn things filled more often - an expense I did not want considering a new little bambino was on the way. I have learned to love my natural nails now, but I still think back to how pretty my hands looked way back then every time I see a woman with a perfect french manicure.
Regular hair cuts and foils were next to go. My hair grows pretty slowly, so it wasn't that big of a deal to wait to get my hair cut every 6-8 months instead of 3-4. Same with the grow out. Luckily I didn't ever go too drastically different from my original color and it wasn't too horrible to see the highlights a little further down from the roots than I like.
Then came the pedicures. I love, love, love getting pedicures. I can never get my husband to massage my feet so this is a total treat for me. But because with the ever expanding family that I have going on I decided that it was a luxury that I would do without. Once a year was good for me. Just kidding, no, no its not. I may only find the time once a year but I am working on changing that, hopefully soon.
Lastly to go was the eyebrow waxing. I would get my eyebrows waxed once a month, and then just do the occassional upkeep until the next appt. One month turned into three, then into six and now it is nonexistant. Unlike the other luxuries, I absolutely HATE living without this! Thankfully I don't super caterpillar brows but I do like them shaped in a certain way. Maintaining them is a daily chore, that I hate! Oh, how I hate the tweezers!