@Heat Signature omg yes. One Saturday morning when my daughter was 2, she had miraculously let me sleep in and was patiently lying in bed with me waiting for me to wake up, so the first thing I saw when I opened my eyes were her big blue eyes, and she immediately exclaimed "Hello, love!" And the first thing I thought was "Wow, those 6 months I spent throwing up while I was pregnant were totally, completely worth it."
@plonk Second the dance classes idea! I started swing dancing and have made a ton of new friends that way. Dancing is one of those activities that really breeds a sense of community. Bonus: my legs/ass are getting super toned! dancing > going to the gym.
I'm 26 and my youngest brothers are 4 and 6. My daughter is 3. So when they're all teenagers, my brothers will think I am old and lame and go to our pothead brother for terrible advice...which they will then pass along to my daughter...annnnnd now I'm Googling all-girl boarding schools.
@ample pie We are hair twins! Right down to the cupcake frosting.
@piggie Well, at the time I either blow-dried/straight-ironed the heck out of it or wore it in a ponytail. But! Try some of the things people here are mentioning, you might be surprised at how much curl/wave you can coax out of your hair with relatively little effort. Two things I would suggest trying are diffusing (so easy and quick, it takes me all of 5 minutes to do my rather thick hair) and "plopping" (i.e. scrunch all your hair up in a towel and ignore it for a while, as described here: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/curl-products/to-plop-or-not-to-plop). I've had the product-related crispiness issue too, now I just use about half of the "recommended" amounts of most products and that usually helps. Rock those waves, lady!
Yes, cardigans! Also, scarves. Both of those are things that you can still wear regardless of weight loss or gain, and they will dress up the basic jeans/t-shirt combo. I picked up a bunch of of long flowy cardigans from Nordstrom Rack for a song last month, and I feel like a got a whole new wardrobe.
@bridgerrr Make sure you get a recommendation for a specific stylist at the Styling Hutch. I left there in tears after the worst. haircut. ever. But I'm pretty sure it was just that one stylist (can't remember her name, otherwise I'd tell you who to avoid), and the owner was really good about it and did what she could to fix it. Given the number of amazing reviews they have I'm sure there are plenty of great stylists there, but don't just go in and let them give you to whoever, make sure you're armed with a trusted name.
Yes!!! I just registered to come say all those exact things. My hair turned from sort-of-wavy to full-on curly when I had my daughter, and I LOVE it and spend waaaay less time messing with/styling my hair now than I did when I was trying to make it act like it was straight, but it took me a good 2-3 years to really figure out how to work with it and avoid the frizz-head. Knowledge is power! Talk to other people with curly hair, try out a bunch of techniques, get a good stylist, and figure out what works for you.