You know how storms appear in Colorado? The way it goes from 90 degrees and sunny, to 60 degrees and pissed off? That’s bath time in our house. Well, shower time, because I’m OCD and having my kids bathe in their own soot freaks me out.
In our house, bath time happens only three times/week. I get that kids are filthy, but they also have dry skin and dry little hair and don’t need to be bathed every day. So three days a week, immediately following dinner (that happy medium, where it has to happen early enough to let their hair dry, but late enough that they can’t get re-dirty) to shower time. My house begins clean and uncluttered, and ends a soppy wet mess, clothes littering the hallway, bathroom, bedroom. Pajamas (I have girls, so at least four sets are laid out to pick from and fight over) are laid out, dresser drawers are left open. If you weren’t a mom and happened across our home around 7:30 pm on a Tuesday, you’d think we let the apes come in and throw a house party.
While I’m letting them establish some independence, if I don’t supervise shampooing, they forget to do the front, they use body wash on their heads and shampoo on their pink loofas, and more ends up on the dog than them. By the end of a shower, I’m more wet than the girls, and my bathroom is drenched.
It’s not that their wild or ill behaved, it’s that showers are fun, and they’re toddlers with giant supply of bubbles + water.
Lately, I’ve been wondering if I bathe them enough though. I’m not worried that it’s so infrequent that child services is going to knock on my door, but I do wonder if I’m slightly neglectful. Some nights, the thought of adding in a showertime storm to my already long day seems more of a chaotic and crazy idea than climbing one of Colorado’s 14ers.
I’m curious, moms of toddlers…how often does this planned chaos happen at your house?