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October 18, 2010


Our Kitchen is Spotless, Not Us

As I was cleaning up the kitchen last night I pondered out loud, “I don’t think we’ve ever gone to bed with dirty dishes in the sink, have we?”

Chicken looked at me absolutely horrified and exclaimed loudly, “Oh god NO. I mean, I just…couldn’t.”
A clean house. That is clearly where our priorities lay. It drives both of us crazy to have a dirty, messy house.
A daily shower on the other hand? Priority? Not so much.
And since I’m back taking Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle for my milk supply, that means yours truly pretty much smells like a maple syrup dipped curry puff. It’s not a bad smell, just different.

Because the thing is, I can clean up the house and keep one eye (or both!) on the kids. Taking a shower? Cannot do.
I’ve read that some moms get up before the baby does so they can take a shower and put on makeup. Oh hell no. Especially since as of late, little Grunter has decided 5 or 5:30am is an acceptable wake up time and as of very recently–as in the last three days–he has started his day between 4:15 and 4:45. So, showering beforehand? I think not.

Then, there’s the option of showering during their morning nap. Except that’s when I nap as well. You know…so I can stay ALIVE. So again…choices….sleep or shower? SLEEP.

What about that afternoon nap? Well, that one is when I pump, feed myself, clean up all their food mess, make baby food, prep the next days baby meals, prep our dinner for that night, brush my teeth for the first time of the day, change out of my house outfit (yoga pants, nursing tank–usually the same ones I wore the day before until I realize I’ve been wearing the same clothes for…who knows? Who cares!), dab on concealer under my eyes and put on real clothes so I can take the boys out when they wake up. If the cat is lucky, I’ll even remember to feed him. Since the babies his name has become “Poor Cat.”
Not really any time for a shower. I’ve tested this and as soon as I sit down on the toilet, a baby will wake up. So, getting in the shower? Not going to happen.

I have the goal of taking a shower at night. Sometimes that happens. Often times, it does not.
By the time we get the babies to bed, pump, clean up the bath stuff, the highchairs, the dishes, the floor, wash the bottles, cook, eat and clean up dinner, pump again, clean the pumping gear….I’m DONE. I do not want to talk on the phone. I do not want to blog (well, I DO, but I am often to tired to actually do so), I don’t want to do much. I’m so exhausted that even taking a shower sounds like too much work.
Plus to top it off, I’m having insomnia and we’re trying to go to bed earlier since the boys are insisting on starting the day at an ungodly hour. There’s just not enough time to do it all.

So now you know. My dirty little secret. I am an unclean woman. And I don’t care.

Now I’m curious….how many of you SAHM’s shower everyday and WHEN do you do it??