I apologize if you read this post earlier and it wasn’t all here I’m not sure what happened but when I posted this the first time majority of the content didn’t publish so I had to go back and re-write it.
Fact: I hate wearing jeans.
I hate wearing jeans. They’re the first thing, other than shoes, that I take off when I get home and I usually replace them with something more comfortable…like yoga pants. What’s the first thing you take off when you get home?
Today marked the fourth day of the “Mommy Makeover Challenge” hosted by my friend The Naptown Organizer and even though we got off to a late start, I think it still counts. C and I didn’t get ready for the day until after lunch and I was feeling a little sluggish this morning but I’m glad I still made the effort to do this, because I really do think it’s great.
For parents with toddlers, you know how important it is to establish some sort of routine with your little one. We don’t stick to a rigid schedule but we try to make things somewhat predictable for our little one and I think it helps to reduce tantrums and helps us utilize our time with her more effectively. Now that I’m at home with C full-time again, we’ve just about settled into something that is mutually agreeable for us. As a back story, I was working from home for a company until November 2011 when they decided to bring me in-house part-time. I transitioned to full-time the first week of March 2012 and was laid off (due to lack of work) in August. It was an adjustment to get used to being a stay at home parent again but it’s also been so rewarding and so incredible.
Showering is one of those luxuries that’s hard to come by most days when your child is awake. I had an idea that I ran with today and it worked. I brought C into the shower with me. It gave her the opportunity to play in the water and it allowed me the time I needed to clean up for the day. As I watched her mimic me in the bath, I thought of something: what a great observational learning opportunity I have here with her. I can only hope that by watching me, she’ll be able to shower more independently later on. I think this may be incorporated into our daily schedule.
When I said I was a “jeans and cardigan” type of girl, I really wasn’t kidding…
Day of the Challenge? This is day #4 for me with the “Mommy Makeover Challenge” (The Naptown Organizer finished yesterday, I’m a little behind schedule).
How long did it take you to get ready? Shower included it took me about forty minutes to get ready today.
What did you do differently than normal? C showered with me today, which turned out to be a really great experience for both of us. I think we’ll do this each morning in lieu of giving her a bath at night.
Where did you go/what did you do? I had a committee meeting for my placement in The Junior League of Kansas City Missouri at Lulu’s Noodles in downtown Kansas City (off of Central and Southwest near Crown Center). Since the husband had a work event at Boulevard (lucky him!) I took C with me for our dinner meeting. Other than that, we stayed home all day and hung out together.
Did you feel any differently? I noticed that I was more tired today until I got ready for the day. A poor night’s rest may have contributed to that but I can’t help but think that my delay in getting myself showered and dressed played a role in it too.
So, with that, day #4 is complete. I’ll be doing the “Mommy Makeover Challenge” until October 11th but if you’d like to join in you can find all of the information here.
Note that I posed a question up above, it’s something I’m going to do daily from now on. If you want, leave a comment with your answer. I look forward to hearing what people have to say. Today’s daily question (in case you missed it): Other than shoes, what’s the first thing you take off when you get home?