Back in the day, I was the master of quick showers. The first time I took a shower at my soon to be in-laws house, my MIL said, “Did you rinse off?” I had never really thought about how fast they were before. I’d hop in, get stuff clean, then hop out.
That was over 13 years ago. I have had two kids since, and let me tell you, things change a bit after kids, (enter hysterical laughter at my understatement of the century).
I have found that my super quick 5 minute showers have been extended exponentially. Maybe not necessarily by 10X’s, but by a lot. To be fair, I’m also counting the time before my shower and after.
So here are 8 Reasons my Showers are 10x’s Longer Now that I have Kids:
1. Toilet time. Its always been automatic for me to use the restroom before I shower. But now that time is spent on my phone without sticky little hands fighting me for it. I’m checking FB, Twitter, IG, for whatever amount of time I think I can “get away with” before the water is turned on.
2. Water Temperature. I don’t take a shower every day, so when I do, everything has to be perfect. That includes the temperature. I’m an in-between person, so it takes me a bit of messing around with it to get it just right. Back in the day, I hardly gave it a second thought.
3. Wash all the things. I refuse to shower when I’m alone with the kids. I’ve tried it in the past and it makes for an extremely unpleasant, COLD shower. Kids screaming, popping in and insisting the door to the shower is open! So unless it’s an absolute necessity, I only shower when someone is home watching the kids. Since I have this rule, my actual showers are about every other day-ish. When I take one, I do the works.
4. Clean the shower. I have a handy little dish wand in the shower to clean it. See how to make your own here. Showers get gross fast, so every time I get to be in there, I scrub down at least one wall.
5. “Brush” with Conditioner. When I get my hair wet, I always condition it (after shampooing, of course!). I have a sh*t-ton of hair. It’s long, and extremely thick. In my hairdresser’s words (who happens to be my sister), “Your hair is my nightmare.” Even so, she still deals with it. Thanks, sis!!A little known fact about me. I consider conditioning my hair, “brushing it.” I brush my hair with an actual brush maybe twice a month-I just never take the time! While I have conditioner in it, I comb my fingers through it to get the tangles out. *Pro tip-Don’t leave hairs that come out of your head on the wall of the shower. It is never very well received.
6. Screaming Children. If I’m almost done with my shower and I hear a screaming child, you can bet your a** I will find something else to wash.
7. Enjoy the warm downpour. When I’m done with everything, I can’t help but stand under the nice hot water for at least a little bit. I like to imagine I’m in a much warmer climate and my kids’ favorite thing to do is to play quietly with each other. Aaaaaahhhhh……
8. Blow Dry my hair. As I mentioned earlier, I have a lot of hair. Seriously. Think Merida from “Brave”, but brown. That’s how I feel sometimes. Which is why most photos you would see of me, my hair is up in a “mom bun.” If I’m planning on going anywhere the next day or two, I have to blow dry my hair. If I don’t have time, it is an absolute must for me to at least dry my bangs. For those of you that have wavy hair like me, you know it they will dry weird on their own.
So, after my crazy long shower, I dry them. Even if I’m heading straight to bed-I still break out the dryer. Luckily it is the quickest part of my entire shower time. I suppose it maybe isn’t directly related to the kids, but it is the ONE THING that I always do for myself. I’ll go out in public in my yoga pants, with no make-up…but my bangs will always be in place (and my hair in a bun).
Now that you know much more about me than you ever anticipated, is there anything you do that takes much longer now that you have kids? Please feel free to share in the comments!