Monday, August 22, 2011

Bath time and a little peace

This little baby sure loves his baths. I mean REALLY loves water. And I have to admit that it is one of my favorite times of the day. Usually bath time happens right after dinner and before bed. AKA Elliott's about to have a melt down time and mommy too. He is not really fussy at this time or when ever he gets tired he more becomes the most crazy silly baby you will ever meet. Climbing on everything crawling around thinking your chasing him usually ending up in him bumping into something and then that's when the tears start. Don't get me wrong most of the time it's adorable but being 8 month pregnant on top of it makes this game a lot less fun for mommy. Especially late in the evening.
So instead of feeling like I'm fighting a losing battle we get his bath ready or a shower for the both of us if the day was really tough. Hop in and enjoy playing with his water trains and listening to some music. It's a time for me to slow down the pace and really reflect on the great memories made of that day. Usually I'll retell some of the highlights of our day together other times just sing along to the music. Either way it changes the pace of that time and makes both of us enjoy the last little while before bedtime.

I think one of the biggest lessons I have learned as a mommy is to redirect the pace of the day if I am feeling overwhelmed. I learned when working at the preschool that if I am not having fun the kids are probably having a lot less. It's not always easy to make that shift in the day and sometimes it's a matter of getting through it and pray that tomorrow will be different. But little shifts like bath time make me really be able to take a deep breath and really enjoy my baby all the way to the end of the day.

I love being a mom and would not change this time in my life for anything but sometimes it can be exhausting. And after reading THIS AMAZING POST (must read) I agree that we should shine a little light at the day to day struggles that mommies have and embrace the fact that not everyday is perfect and allow ourselves to accept that. Thank you Mandy for your honesty.

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