Before I was a mother, I was always pretty well coiffed: manicured, pedicured, waxed, shaved, shampood, conditioned, exfoliated, and moisturized. And now.... I do what I can.
I like to think I hold it together pretty well even though grooming takes a backstage to mothering. I haven't thrown caution to the wind and taken up Twinkies and pummice scrubbing over soap operas. I still fancy myself a TV reporter so I have to keep it mostly together.
But there are some things about grooming that a mother has to admit defeat on. For me it is eyebrow maintenance. Since Baby Mo was born, my brows could understudy for Cookie Monster. Or Andy Rooney. Or Peter Gallagher. I try to keep up with pretty much everything else but for some reason, eyebrow maintenance is the one thing that stresses me out and makes me want to throw in the towel.
Of course I can tweeze my own eyebrows in 2 minutes. My defeat in this regard is really symbolic. I used to have them threaded for $6 at the Indian place near my office. Now I don't work or live in Manhattan so I can't skip on down to the Indian place on my lunch hour. So I just don't do it.
Actually, I let them go jungle-style until my sister makes fun of me on Skype and then I tweeze them into some sort of respectable shape. But they are nowhere near the Brooke Shields condition that they were in post-baby.
So I ask you, fellow new parents, what is the one thing about yourself - grooming or otherwise - that you have just had to throw in the towel for since becoming a parent? Share your little defeats so we can commiserate. And then when you see me next, you won't wonder why my eyebrows look like Columbo's.