Kids, Life

Fabulous or Not?

March 21, 2012

I couldn’t help myself. I already had one-too-many things in my Target shopping cart today and although I have seen images of Jessica Simpson and her baby bump, I couldn’t resist picking up the April edition of Elle. People have criticized Jessica throughout her pregnancy but all I could think was, “Damn, Girl!”. If she is feeling fabulous with her pregnancy weight then more power to her. I read the article while shoving a frozen pizza down my throat (but it was Trader Joe’s pizza!) and realized that she might be having a ten pound baby girl! Again, more power to her. Her fiance is an athlete and she is curvaceous so a ten pound baby sounds about right.

I don’t put on a lot of weight during my pregnancies, I have had small babies and yet you won’t catch me posing nude anywhere! I did belly pics when I was pregnant with Diego because I felt fabulous at 28 in my 34th week. I don’t feel fabulous anymore…so no pictures. So sweet readers, not for you to tell me otherwise, but here is a little list of why I don’t feel so hot during my third experience.

1. I’m not a fabulous mom when I am the one having a tantrum.

2. I’m not a fabulous mom when I whine to Jose about the kid’s whining all day.

3. I’m not a fabulous mom when I wear yoga pants four days in a row and don’t actually attend yoga.

4. I’m not a fabulous mom when my hair isn’t washed for x amount of days (I can’t even write down the number because it is so embarrassing) and I convince myself that it looks better dirty.

5. I’m not a fabulous mom when I fall asleep on the couch at 9 o’clock at night and in the morning I regret not having washed my face.

6. I’m not a fabulous mom when I stuff my face with a frozen pizza (regardless of it being from Trader Joe’s!).

7. I’m not a fabulous mom when Diego walks across the kitchen floor and announces, “crumbs on the bottom of my feet!”

8. I’m not a fabulous mom when I miss someone’s after school activities because it is just easier not to go.

9. I’m not a fabulous mom when Diego draws a picture of me with an iPhone attached to my cartoon self.

10.I’m not a fabulous mom when I convince myself that Sprout TV is really, really, really educational. Go ahead and watch another show.

Sigh. As you can see, it’s not all about appearances. You can feel not-so-fab with other things that have nothing to do with makeup or high heels. But please, no sympathy! I would like to hear your not-so-fab moments and we can all continue this good laugh. We laugh because we know we can make a list of 10 things or more that make us so awesome and glamorous too. We might not look like Jessica Simpson but we know she’s going to feel like us soon enough!

Your Friend,


P.s. Here is a picture of my fabulous self five years ago!

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  • Reply Celeste March 22, 2012 at 12:46 am

    I’m definitely not so fabulous when I forget to look in the mirror before leaving the house in the morning, only to discover from my reflection in another car (right after i’ve walked my kid into school) that half my hair on the left side of my head didn’t make it into my pony tail. Too make matters worse it’s also the one day I forget my sunglasses at home. Which i usually wear to hide my makeup less and tired looking face.

    • Betty
      Reply Betty March 25, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      Ha!! I love it! Thanks Celeste! xoxo

  • Reply Yvette S March 22, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Love this one!! Well as you know I had big babies. So towards the end of the pregnancies I was huge. Aleiyah being 8lbs and 15oz. Eric being 9lbs and 9oz! I don’t feel fabulous when I am exhausted after a long day at work and I just want to take a few minutes to myself and the kids are talking and wanting things. I don’t feel fabulous when I fake a headache when my husband wants to you know what! Lol!!!

    • Reply Jenny Gamboa March 23, 2012 at 4:02 am

      Woman I don’t fake a headache I act like I am sleeping. When you go through menopause no desire what so ever.

    • Betty
      Reply Betty March 25, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      LOL naughty naughty! My hubby would never fall for that old trick! lol!

  • Reply Bertha March 22, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I’m not a fabulous mom because I do 8 out of the 10 and I’m not pregnant and only have one child!!!
    I’m not a faboulous mom because today, I attempted to take my child to school after having a fever all night..that school director came out looking for me faster than Speedy G! two hours later I found out she has Strep Throat…We may not be fabulous but we are Mothers, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

    • Betty
      Reply Betty March 25, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      Awww! Thanks for sharing! I have tried that one too! xoxo

  • Reply Rusty March 22, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    I think dirty hair looks pretty good too

    • Betty
      Reply Betty March 25, 2012 at 10:44 pm

      Thanks Rusty! xoxo

  • Reply Jenny Gamboa March 23, 2012 at 3:59 am

    Ok I am going to be honest. This picture of jessica simpson looks great. When she was on jimmy kimmel the other night she looked huge. An unhealthy weight for her small height. A friend of mine didn’t care how much she weighed during hsr pregnancy because she said she is pregnant and can do what she wants. She had a huge baby, gestational diabetes, and a csection. The doc made her deliver early because the baby was pushing on her lungs because not having enough space. I just think about the health issues. My babies were 6’7″ and 6’4″ I gained 30 for the first and 24 for the second. I remember the anesteologist(sp) saying good thing you didn’t gain a lot of weight because of the anasesia(sp). Scared the crap out of me.
    One thing I felt horrible for was sending my daughter to school with a broked foot for a week and didn’t know. She came home one day and told me she hurt her foot. I said ok ice. My daughter walks like michael jordan. That’s how I describe it. She was always tripping and hurt herself. It got so bad juan took her to the er and it was broken. Just missed the growth plate. Boy did I feel like crap. She forgave me and boy did I baby her with the cast she had on for 6 weeks.
    I have acted like I was sleeping so juan could make dinner after he worked all day. I just get so frustrated because they act like I am a restaurant at times. He saw how it was and things changed.

    I have my daughters get me a drink of something even though I know I am capable of getting it myself πŸ™

    I know I have more but can’t think of them at this point.

    After my hysterectomy I seem to need more naps. I try sleeping while they are in school because I feel bad. Other times I will sleep from when they get home until 2-3hrs later.

    • Betty
      Reply Betty March 25, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      I think that if we practice consciousness and really understand our actions, it helps us be better moms and better women. We see the things we do wrong (like in this “exercise”) and we are able to admit to ourselves and the people reading what we don’t feel so proud of and we laugh about it but we understand that some things we should change. Thanks for sharing Jenny! We are all a work in progress…xoxo

  • Reply Caro March 23, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Betty, you ARE a fabulos mom even if your list was numbered to 100!

    I’m not a fabulos mom when my kids see the house getting a little messy and say “is the cleaning lady coming today?”

    I’m not a fabulos mom because I spray my expensive perfume on my dirty hair so I can shower “later.”

    I am not a fabulos mom because when my 5th grader Lia brings home math homework we have to text a picture to my husband so he can help. I guess I am not smarter than a 5th grader πŸ™

    I’m not a fabulos mom because sometimes my idea of a healthy dinner is a salad from chipotle, hey it’s organic right?

    I am not a fabulos mom because I have a collection of workout videos at home that I enjoy watching but never really get up and do them :-/

    And the list goes on and on…

    • Betty
      Reply Betty March 25, 2012 at 10:50 pm

      You are still fab! Thanks for sharing Caro!! xoxo

  • Reply Luisa March 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Too funny! But I agree with the rest, you are fabulous.

    I guess my NOT so fabulous moment(s) is when I think I am the queen of the road and everyone else should move out of my way and in a very “lady-like’ demeanor profess my “admiration” of everyone’s driving with some choice words. Windows up of course. I am a “lady” you know, gawd-forbid someone actually hears me!

    • Betty
      Reply Betty March 25, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      Ha! I feel like that is the only acceptable time to have a potty mouth in front of the boys!

  • Reply Caro March 24, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Darn spell check!!! *fabulous

    • Betty
      Reply Betty March 25, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      No judgement! I can picture you trying to comment as 3 kiddies want your attention! Thank you for taking the time! xoxo

  • Reply Maria Gabriela Fernandez March 30, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I think you’re fabulous for admitting that sometimes you’re not so fabulous. LOL.

    Trust me that we all have those unfabulous moments, and more.

    • Betty
      Reply Betty April 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      Thanks Maria! As I get closer and closer to my due date…fab no more! ha!!! xoxo

  • Reply Nancy April 7, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Im not fabulous when I’m late for everything . Specially school and lunch time. I’m not fabulous when I try to sleep 10 minutes more after baby wakes up. Im not fabulous when I ask my daughter Melina to get baby on his pijamas when I’m in a caus before going to bed ( eventhough she really enjoys doing it, but I feel that it is my responsibility ) I’m not Fabulous when I leave baby with a half awake husband to go to the gym. I’m not fabulous when I go to bed four hours later than my kids do. I’m not so fabulous when I wake up like a sombi because I had four hours less of sleep than my bright awake children. And like Caro said the list goes on. It’s almost 1 am and I’m still awake shame on me.

  • Reply raquelito April 28, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Kudos to you for being open about your “no so fab mom” list. It only seems appropriate for your followers to also share their “not so fab mom” moments. Here are mine….
    When I can convince myself that Emma can wait for a bath tomorrow, one more Sesame Street show is OK when she wakes up early and I’m still tired since I slept at 1:30am, feeding Emma baby cereal with banana (which she LOVES) instead of making “huevos” or pancakes because as stated earlier I fell asleep WAY later then I should have, and my list can go on but I’m embarrassed. LOL Good to read others also have moments of reality and not “fabulous.”

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