Tuesday, August 23, 2011

yes, I did have a shower


This time of year makes me want to start fresh and make positive changes.  September feels like a fresh start, a whole new world of possibility right around the corner.

The year Reid started Kindergarten I was a mess.  I had a newborn, I was breastfeeding every 2 hours and getting very little sleep.  I arrived to school to drop him off every morning at 7:40 with my hair in a ponytail, sometimes I had makeup on, but mostly not, and usually I hadn't yet had a shower.  It was a hectic and groggy start to every day.

When he started first grade last year, I promised myself that I would do whatever it took to make it to school every day, fully showered, dressed and made up.  I also made it my goal to have Grant dressed when we left the house and not in his pajamas.  And, you know what?  I did it.  Every.single.day.

Because, here is the thing.  If I don't get a shower before the day starts, chances are pretty slim that I can find the time to get one later in the day.  It usually means waiting until the kids go to bed and that means going through my entire day feeling grumpy and groggy and not very cute.  No thank you.

I get up before the kids and before I ever head downstairs, I have showered, blow dried my hair, dressed and put my make up on.  By the time I drop Reid off at 7:40, I am ready to take on the day.

This means a little less sleep and on occasion it means being a few minutes late to school.  Because I am willing to be a few minutes late to school so that I can get my makeup on.  There, I said it.  Sometimes mommy comes first.  And, when I am put together and showered, I am a better mom, a better wife and just a better manager of my life in general.  No one wants to go through the day in a fog feeling like you just rolled out of bed and no husband wants to come home to find you in the same sweatpants you were in when he left {I know this from experience}.

With the start of the school year just around the corner, I have been thinking about adding something new to my routine that I can take this year to master.... exercising in the early am, maybe?  I'll keep you posted on what I come up with.

5 comments:

  1. I think this is great! I worked as a teacher's aide and it just killed me to see parents coming in to drop off their kids in their pajamas. I mean, we expect them to come into the building ready to learn, but if they are getting that as an influence, it's hard for them to see that value! :) I think you are doing a great thing, and honestly, 6 out of 7 days I do the same, and my son isn't even in school yet.

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  2. I love this blog Amber! so funny and cute. Why do we sometimes feel guilty for wanting to take the time out to look and feel good inside and out? Sometimes I feel like that and I don't even have kids. Of course you would want to be your best self from sun up to sun down :) love this post and I love you friend.
    Have a great day and can't wait for your next post.

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  3. Love this! I also love your morning 5. I just started my own morning 5 list, as well as a night 5 list :) Hoping this will simplify things when baby #2 comes in a few weeks! Thanks for the great ideas!
    -Stacy G.

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