You smell like a mixture of baby drool, baby spit up, breastmilk, and your own sweat and tears. It’s been three days since you took a shower, and you can’t possibly imagine when you will have the time to get one in. Defeated, you sit on the couch as you nurse the baby and indulge in a good cry. Who knew that motherhood was going to be quite so, um, stinky?
I’m not going to tell you that you have to put on makeup every day, or that you have to fix your hair in elaborate hair styles. I am going to tell you that you must take the time to get your shower in! Most moms find it hard to fit in a shower, and for good reason. When Mom goes in the shower, the house can fall apart quickly, especially if there are only little children present!
A friend sent me this picture recently, and I asked her if I could share it here. I had to laugh when I saw it. She normally doesn’t take showers when her boys are awake, but she took a quick shower one morning and came out to find her twin boys had destroyed the previously clean living room. Take a look at the picture below and see if you can relate. 🙂
Every board game in the house was pulled out and the pieces scattered everywhere! I’m sure it took her awhile to get her living room back to normal!
The above picture shows why we need a plan. That’s right, you need to actually schedule your showers. Here are a few ideas of how to best fit them in.
* When I had my firstborn, I would put him in a bouncy seat right outside the shower door, and even if he cried (which he did a lot of!) I got my shower in. If you are a new mother with a young baby, don’t be afraid to lay them in their crib or in a bouncy seat for 10 minutes! Even if they fuss a little bit, you will be out shortly and can snuggle and nurse feeling refreshed for the day! You must take care of yourself at some point.
* Enlist help. This sounds funny, but ask your husband or an older child to watch the young children while you go take a shower.
* Get up early before the children wake up, or take your shower in the evening after they are asleep. This is what I do the most of now, and most of the time it is at night. Gone are the days of blow drying my hair, or long soaks in the tub. Motherhood has many sacrifices, and for me I had to lose my long soaks, many times with a book in hand. 🙂
*If you have younger children and feel fairly confident in their obedience, you could always put a DVD on for them to watch while you take a quick shower. The only thing I always worry about while in the shower, is if someone knocks on the door and they try to answer it.
Don’t feel guilty for taking care of your basic needs as a wife, mother, and woman! A shower is a must, so don’t put them off!
1. Get dressed!
2. Lately I have been taking a few extra minutes in the morning and evening during my bathroom routine, because I found amazing skincare products that are awesome, and I can’t stop using them! Find something that excites you about your morning routine, and look forward to it! It might be that final swipe of lip gloss, or putting your hair up in the morning with your flexi clip.
3. Read Day 8 from “Frumps to Pumps.”