Friday, 17 June 2011

{Support, in more ways than one}

One of my tips for new mums is to get yourself a support network of friends and/or family. I'm lucky that, in addition to my husband, I have both. And don't be afraid to ask for help.

My in-laws are lovely and have been a great help to us. I'm thankful that they live nearby and are always willing to give me a hand, even at short notice. My own mother died when I was university 10 years ago and my father is currently living in Oman. My sister does live in the UK, but she is based in Aberdeen which is a 2.5-3h drive away (depends how fast you drive!)... I just wish she lived closer.

I attended yoga classes when I was pregnant with my son and I'm still in touch with a number of the girls from the class and we meet as regularly as we can (with and, more importantly!, without little ones). I also have two very good friends that live in Glasgow not far from me... one of whom is getting married next month and I am honoured to be one of her three bridesmaids.

Which brings me onto my other support... Spanx! With the wedding looming I'm conscious that I'm still carrying some baby weight (I know, I need to give myself a break... she's only 8 weeks old). I recently headed into Glasgow city centre to House of Fraser to hit their lingerie department and purchased a Spanx strapless slip and a Wonderbra ultimate strapless. A great investment and the Spanx has made me feel a million times more confident about my flabby, post-baby tummy. A friend had suggested I go to Frasers, and she was right - the customer service was amazing. I was a little rushed as my daughter started to scream to be fed (she does know how to pick her moments!) but I do intend on going back when I have more time and I think I will use their complimentary personal shopping service.

I'll just quickly mention that Becky, the bride-to-be, also has a blog and you can read all about her wedding planning here.

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