Moms with super twins amaze me. Christy is no exception. Mom to FOUR with a set of triplets, imagine how much fun she must have each day! You can find her at Trippin’-Life with Triplets.
Not long ago one of my Facebook friends who doesn’t have kids noted “Went to work without my earring and felt naked all day.”
All I could think was: “Ah, yes. Life before kids.”
Because the other day I ran errands for a couple hours and it wasn’t until bedtime when I realized I had forgotten to put my bra on that morning. Clearly, earrings are the least of my concerns.
Then there was the ongoing Twitter conversation about how no one’s toes are ready for spring. Everyone was talking pedicures and cute sandals. I was thinking that of all the other parts of me that aren’t ready for warm weather. Does anyone know if you can wear Spanx with a swimsuit?
In light of the rest of me, my toes look pretty darn good despite no polish and months crammed into heavy socks and boots.
Face it, everything changes when you have kids. You swear to yourself that it won’t change. That you won’t become the mom who is running errands with her kids and suddenly realizes she’s still wearing her pajama pants. That mascara won’t be something you wear only on special occasions. That you’ll still care enough about yourself to get a pedicure when spring arrives.
But then the reality of too little sleep and too many responsibilities and the general craziness of raising little people and a thousand decisions to make every day sets in. And well, something’s got to give.
I know there are many moms who still manage to be put together every day. I just can’t figure out how they do it!
After my triplets arrived, I went from worrying about which earrings to wear with my day’s outfit to wondering when I last showered. And if what I wore yesterday was still clean enough to wear again. I gave up on only wearing my long jeans with the boots that make them a perfect fit and was just grateful that I had a pair of jeans that didn’t have spit-up or jelly smeared on them.
I’m not sure if it was rock bottom or a stroke of genius when I bought the dry shampoo to use on days when I couldn’t fit in a shower. I was thinking it was a great way to freshen up, and not an excuse not to bathe, so surely that must count for something, right?
As my kids get older I’m slowly reclaiming a little time to take care of myself. I still don’t bother with makeup most days, and I don’t always get a shower. My toes are unlikely to see a pedicure this year, but I am hopeful that a few weeks of chasing my kids around the yard will eliminate the need to wear Spanx with my swimsuit.
Now if I could just figure out what earrings go with holey sweatpants and a sticky-handprinted sweatshirt, I’d be in business.
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