In the next few weeks, I'm due to give birth to my third baby boy...
If you just read that sentence without it eliciting some type – any type – of emotional response, you will be in the vast minority. Because since finding out that our third child is going to be another boy, I’ve discovered that this is something many people have a strong opinion about. Those opinions differ greatly but do not discriminate.
I have been asked repeatedly – often by complete strangers – whether I’m disappointed and if I’ll try again for a girl (answer: no). Others have applauded my boy-making-abilities (seriously) and I’ve been told more times than I can count that, “In my culture, you’d be celebrated like a queen.”
While I’m not at all opposed to being treated like a queen, this does strike me as rather odd, and quite frankly – more than a little offensive. Does this mean my mother (who birthed two girls), my grandmother (who has three daughters) and one of my closest friends (also a mum of three gorgeous females) are any less fabulous?
Perhaps this is a conversation (and an article) for another day, but one thing I will certainly agree on is that living in a house full of males can present its challenges. With all of the glorious cuddles, endless affection and mother-son moments come a plethora of horrendous smells, awful toilet humour and more toy cars than I ever thought would be necessary.
Which is why I’m taking as many opportunities as possible – and will continue over the next eighteen years – to embrace any small fragments of femininity. My repeated request for a pale pink door has been ignored, so I’m focusing instead on the little moments of pampering. And in my mind – there is never a better excuse than pregnancy. Taking my foot off the pedal, dedicating time for beauty and prioritising self-care has been at the top of my list. Times when I can make it out of the house are few and far between, so I’ve chosen instead to create as much of a spa-like experience in my own home, with some of my favourite products from iconic French beauty brand Clarins.