What is that smell? Oh No, I Need A Shower! {Day 8}

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚
Living Room


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. ย ๐Ÿ™‚

*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!



Today’s Challenge:

1. Get dressed!

2.ย 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.”



7 Comments on What is that smell? Oh No, I Need A Shower! {Day 8}

  1. I have always taken a shower at night before going to bed. My hair is very long, and very straight, and takes a long time to dry. I found that air drying my hair overnight didn’t hurt it one bit and in the morning my hair had a bit of volume it would not otherwise have. It works even better now that I have children. My older two boys are already asleep in their own beds and when the baby is born I will be able to have my husband hold the child after a feeding so I can get my shower. I hate sleeping on nice clean sheets without being clean. It saves my sheets and it smells much nicer at night.

  2. This is so funny because I can totally relate. I feel like the days I push myself to get up early and get ready are my more productive days. I need to do that more often. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Thank you! I needed this today. I did so well during week one but this week I have definitely been slacking off, I can tell, not just in my appearance, but in my spirit as well. Off to the shower I go doorbell or not!

  4. We have six young children (ages 2 weeks to 10 years), and I NEED to take a shower every morning. I like your strategies (the best being getting up before the kids), and have one other idea that works for me. I do not trust my 2- and 4-yo daughters yet with obedience when I’m in the shower, so I either bring them in the bathroom with me and let them play with the “water bucket” (a small basin with soapy (so they don’t drink it) water and toys in it; or I take a shower in the bathtub, and let them take a bath while I take a shower. The shbath, as I call it, keeps them occupied and safe, and gets them clean ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I actually have found it almost as hard now to take a shower with homeschooling older ones as when they were little. They don’t destroy the house, but school sometimes doesn’t continue!

  6. I’ve been enjoying this series! I always feel so much better when I’ve had a shower. I’ve got 3 little ones right now, ages 5, 3, and 18 months. I usually try to get a shower in before their Dad heads off to work in the morning. If that doesn’t happen, we have a system for “what the kids do while Mom showers.” Basically, the baby goes in his crib with some toys. The older two play or look at books in baby’s room, or on their own beds. We also go over the three main rules, every time: front and back doors stay locked and closed, no matter what. No going outside. (Yes, it’s redundant–for a reason!) No fighting. (Hey, I can always hope, right?)
    It works fairly well. I can always tell if I took too long– when I turn the water off and hear crying or fighting. I think it helps that it’s the same routine every time. They know they’re expected to be in their rooms or in with the baby. Then I just try to hurry!

    A shower makes all the difference for me feeling like a real person and not cringing when I look in the mirror, so I make it a priority most days.

  7. Growing up with a mother who grew up through the Great Depression, did not have indoor plumbing until she was well out of high school (they were poor) we did not bathe every day. That would have been extremely wasteful of resources (it takes money to heat water, soap is not free, etc.) and we only bathed once a week unless you were absolutely dirty. My dad washed his hair twice a year (I kid you not). To this day I do not shower every day. When my husband is deployed I only shower when I have to go get groceries or attend a spouse event (yes, I suffer with depression). When he is here I wash my hair every 3-4 days so I shower then. When my children were younger, they went in the shower/tub with me if hubby wasn’t home. Since we co-sleep and they go to bed when we do, there is no getting a shower once they are asleep. I tried one time leaving the youngest in a bumbo seat while I showered and he cried. The one thing I CANNOT do is a crying child. No crying at anytime. I will hold you all day long, rock you, baby wearing, whatever, just NO CRYING!

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