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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

THIS is tough part 1

I'm going to do a few posts on things I think are really tough to do when you're a parent of many littles. When I say tough...I mean challenging in a variety of ways. Today's 'challenge' is something I find tough physically and it can even be slightly stressful at times.

Bath time!

AHHHH! Why is it so hard to get motivated to do this. Maybe it's just me. Ok, so I'm talking about myself right now. You'll get to know me better this way, but I do hope others share the same 'challenge' with me. It's nice to know we're united as moms- in the victories and the challenges.

I have a love/hate relationship with bath time though. I hate that it can be so physically exhausting and sometimes stressful, but I LOVE that it gives me some face to face time with the kids I'm bathing.

I think bath time is hard for me because right now because I have a 3 year old boy and an 18 month old girl (they're 'challenging' in general just because of their ages). They LOVE to bath together. That's fine by me, for now, but I can't decide if it's harder or easier to bath them together. It's hard both ways. One at a time just means I have to do the whole in and out and in and out thing twice...fill the tub, scrub-a-dub, get soap in the eyes, scream, dry face off, drain water, step out, dry off, diaper, jammies...breath! Do it again!

I'm grateful for my 4 kids who can shower independently (for the most part) except for the occasional call to me asking which one is the shampoo.

Why am I complaining about this. I need to just accept it. It is what it is and there's no way 'around it'!
They sure are cute in the tub!

Not a clear picture, but one of the more recent ones.


Helen F. said...

I dread bathtime. All five of mine still bathe, and it's a marathon. Group 1 in. Now Group 2. By the time all 5 are clean, I'm exhausted! Combinations of kids are difficult -- If I bathe the 3yr old and 2yr old boys together it's like a competition to see who can drown the other first. And the girls and all that hair! I'm pushing for showers, but am meeting resistance. So, if you are near my kids and they are dirty, now you know why. I don't like bathtime.

Stephanie said...

Haha! I was just sitting here, before reading this, contemplating a bath for the baby and a shower for the 6yo and decided to wait until tomorrow. : ) Fortunately my older ones can shower by themselves...and don't even have to be told (well, most of the time).

Helen, I COMPLETELY understand the hair thing. That takes so much time!

Maryan said...

It is hard! And I don't have any girl's hair to tangle with yet! Not in a rush.