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You’ve gotten baby to sleep. Go you. It’s her longer nap of the day and you have one, maybe two hours to yourself. What do you do?
You have several options, each with its pluses and minuses.
Choose wisely, young mama…
If this was the first idea to pop into your head, then you probably need a shower. If you were able to shower yesterday or this morning (braggart), then you’re probably okay and can skip to option #2.
Long, hot showers always get a yea from us. It’s like a mini spa day in the comfort of your own home! Add a scented candle? Done and done. Shower time.
We run the risk of baby waking up before we’ve finished, which ruins the end of our shower as we rush to rinse off, inevitably leaving a large section of conditioned hair intact. Also, trying to lull an irritated baby back to sleep when one is soaking wet is a losing proposition. They know what we’ve been trying to do. Babies will squash our best-laid plans for comfort whenever possible. (For the record, we still vote for shower time.)
Pluck those eyebrows, wax those legs, maybe even throw on some makeup and do your hair. Feel like the pre-baby you for the afternoon.
Who cares about our bushy eyebrows anyway? There must be something more important to do.
3. Clean/do laundry.
With your hands free, you can fold laundry in half the time and are even able to scrub the tub. Imagine how accomplished you’ll feel with a clean bathroom and kitchen, and an empty hamper! While the clothes are drying, take a minute to have a cup of hot coffee, too. Ahh, isn’t feeling like a normal human being magical?
Ugh. We know there’s always laundry to be done and toilets to clean, but when we have a hall pass for a couple of hours, who wants to scrub the floor? Okay, we’ll throw a load of laundry in, but we’re not washing the windows. Maybe tomorrow.
Look at you—making work-life balance happen one nap time at a time! Answer those emails as quickly as you can, because baby’s nap time doesn’t last long.
You deserve some self-care time. Working while baby sleeps makes sense, but it’s not exactly quiet alone time that makes me feel restored for the next round with baby. Choose work times wisely.
5. Catch up on TV.
Your DVR is packed and you can watch TWO Housewives reunion episodes in one shot? Again, grab a cup of hot coffee or tea, make a sandwich and empty that Netflix queue!
We know, we probably won’t watch TV because we’ll feel guilty about the pile of laundry in the bedroom or the filthy stovetop that’s been calling our name for weeks. Make a date with the TV one day this week, even if baby is awake.
All the yeas. This is the greatest idea you’ve had today. Why are you not already asleep?
Literally no nays. Rested mama = happy mama AND baby. If she gets to sleep, then so do you. Nighty night!