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Look at me from the side. Do I look different to you?

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Warning: This post involves more than the usual amount of girl talk. Men may or may not be interested in it, but don't say I didn't warn you.

I don't know about most other moms, but I have found that one of the first things that goes out the window upon the arrival of a new baby is excess personal grooming. By "excess" I mean anything that might imply artificially applying colour to hair or skin, as well as anything that might keep me in front of the mirror longer than the bare minimums. Some days, this included choosing an outfit that matched. I was just happy to get out of my pyjamas.

But, as baby approaches that wondrous first-year mark, something magical happens. Suddenly, his wails are not the first sound that drags you out of bed in the morning. Your other children, if you have any, have finally reached an age where they can entertain themselves for a fair amount of time without getting in trouble. And you suddenly have time to actually look in the mirror.

And you shriek, "Oh my GOSH!!"

Then you immediately book an appointment for the hair salon, wondering how it was that you managed to stay married, looking like a slob in sweatpants for nearly a year.

While I may or may not admit to the use of hyperbole in this post (or any post, for that matter. I was raised with a firm belief in blurring the line between truth and dramatic exaggerations thereof), it was so nice to be able to go to the salon today and actually get pampered a little beyond a trim--it was time to rid the winter blahs by adding highlights to my hair.


I think I may have finally found a hairdresser that I like! YAY! Too bad she has a baby due in April, and then I will be punted into the wild again. Hopefully, that gives me enough time to sleuth out another artiste in the hair department--one that does not require a drive to Grand Prairie (2 hours), Edmonton (5 hours), or a one-month minimum advance booking time (downtown Peace River).

Here is a post of my new 'do, taken by Jude about twenty minutes ago after a quick finger-brushing and a long day:

And! Since this is a "girl talk" post anyway, I have been meaning to blog about this for the longest time.

"This" is one of the coolest reinventions to hit the market in a century.
"This" will make you wonder why none of your friends know about it.
"This" will make you want to be the one to tell them.

"This" is the Diva Cup.

Say goodbye to $10/month in feminine hygiene supplies.
Say goodbye to the worry about Toxic Shock Syndrome.
Say goodbye to uncomfortable vaginal dryness.
Say goodbye to messy "Maxi Ultra with wings for Night."

Say hello to taking it easier on your body.
Say hello to taking it easier on the environment.
Say hello to taking it easier on the plumbing.
Say hello to one tidy little pretty cloth bag to carry around with you in your purse, instead of an arsenal of supplies tucked in every desk or bathroom you have.

Picture a diaphragm, but facing the opposite direction. It is not absolutely perfect, but it's the best thing I've ever tried. The only downside is that if someone has particularly weak vaginal muscles (say from birthing too many babies), it can tend to slip up, especially at night. But this can easily be remedied by doing Kegal exercises.

I find I need to wear it with a pantyliner, just for the odd drop that might seep past. Also, the insertion technique took a try or two to master, but the instructions in the box are very detailed, and I soon found it was easier than using a tampon, too.

Girl talk over. If any guys made it this far, e-mail me at talena{at}wintersdayin{dot}ca and I will send you a prize. Plus, you might want to tell your wives, girlfriends, pre-menopausal mothers or post-pubescent daughters. Just sayin'. It might be weird. But they might think that was the best gift you gave them this holiday season. (The information, I mean--unless you are REALLY close and just go out and get them one!)

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  1. That is so true. About the one-year mark too. I looked like such a slob even though I was going to work as well. I would just tie my hair back, put on one of the few outfits that still fit me and rush to office without any make up at all. The turn-around came when I straightened my hair just after Ayaan turned one...

    The Diva cup thingy sounds pretty neat...

  2. Rohini - Tee hee! I thought maybe it was just us SAHMs that let everything go! Is it wrong to say that makes me feel better?

  3. Very intereting!! I may have to look into this!!

  4. Anne-with-an-E - What, the whole "slob for the first year of motherhood thing" or the alternative to tampons? (Just kidding. I knew what you meant. Really.)

  5. You look absolutely stunning Talena!! Jude makes a good photographer =) (He didn't have you half missing from the photo)

    As for the Diva Cup...it looks very interesting - I've never seen it anywhere before but I might give it a go if I see it on a shelf somewhere.

  6. Your hair looks VERY pretty! It's been well over a year since I've been to get my hair professionally cut; I chop at it myself with flailing scissorhands, like Edward.

    Um, Diva Cup? I don't know. It sounds tres' uncomfortable; I have a hard time walking around with a tampon floating around up there, let alone a little frisbee. No men are listening, right? kiss xo

  7. Ace - Thanks, my sweet! I was fairly impressed with my intact noggin, myself (meaning, in the photo.)

    Good luck. I found it at a health food store, here.

    Kelly - Thanks. I'm so happy with it. Sigh.

    Anyway, I understand your scepticism. That is exactly how I felt as I stood looking the box over in the store. But! it proved misfounded, because this is way MORE comfortable than a tampon. Tampons are irritating, 'cause they absorb valuable moisture, whereas this does not interfere in your body's natural lube process. Much more comfortable. Most of the time, I barely feel it.

  8. It should. Looking like a slob at home is far better than exposing your slobbiness to public scrutiny...

  9. I am SO telling everybody about this at Christmas dinner.

  10. Also, I imagine one of the larger sizes will make quite the fashionable swim cap.

  11. Now Peefer knows waaay too much about me. Crap, man.

  12. Colleen - No, you're cuter. No, you are.

    Rohini - I suppose. But I would still go out like that, too, so I guess we're about the same, there. As I said, "most new moms..." Guess I was pretty close to the truth, eh?

    Peefer - What, no e-mail for prizes? Jason suggested you should bring it up right after grace. Good ice-breaker.

    Yikes, I'd hate to see the woman that had one that could double as a swim-cap!

    Kelly - We're all imaginary, anyway. No big deal. Peefer will never tell (will ya, Peef?)

  13. I would like to say here and now how cute has many faces of which you and I are two. :)

  14. I LOVE your hair! I am in desperate need of highlights...hope it won't take me a YEAR to get round to it!!!

    I've seen something similar to the Diva Cup here and everyone who has tried it says it's great. I suppose you wouldn't know until you tried it, not sure how it would be after 5 kids LOL!

  15. Colleen - Okay, I'll go with that! ;-)

    Clare - Please tell me that you've had that baby by now. Although, I assume if you had, either you or your hubby would have put some pictures up on your blog, so probably you haven't, and are tired of hearing about it YET AGAIN!! My friend Amanda is due in about 2 1/2 weeks with #3, and she is carrying just as low and far out as you. Looks like a couple of big babies about to enter the world, eh?

    I'll be waiting with baited breath for news!


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