See, I have this problem with getting to shower alone these days while I am a stay-at-home, work-at-home mom. In fact, I rarely get to shower without an audience.
Usually, the only way to ensure safety while I shower is to lock both kids in my bedroom with me. Which, mind you, isn't peaceful or calm or anything resembling time to myself. My bedroom also usually looks like a tornado hit it by the time I am ready to go. As a result, sometimes it's just not worth the effort and the shower has to wait until nap time or even not at all...
Lately, my routine has included going to the gym 2-3 times a week. Usually this happens while my oldest is at his half-day preschool. I then bring my youngest to play with the other kids at the gym while I get a workout in. The only problem is that after I am done I have approximately 23 minutes to get cleaned up and pick up my son. So, I have been doing what any normal, rational person would do: Race home, throw a snack at my daughter and turn on Mickey Mouse, take a 3 minute shower, comb my hair, get dressed and run back to preschool for pick-up. Calm and serene this is not. So, I usually just remain sweaty for several more hours until I have time to do something with myself. If I am lucky.
For some reason today, it occurred to me in the rush to get out the door that I could save myself several minutes of time if I showered at the gym and then went directly to the preschool for pick-up. I packed my bag and went on with the morning.
Fast forward to post-workout.
I head to the dimly-lit locker room complete with energizing music, cushioned benches and full-size, surprisingly soft towels and prepare for my shower. Sometime mid-shampoo, something occurs to me. It's quiet. Even peaceful. There are no screams or demands emanating from around the shower curtain. Hmmm.
|This is really my locker room. For modesty's sake, I left myself out.|
As I walk to the playroom to retrieve my daughter, I feel a sense of calm and peace come over me. In that moment (and to be honest, only that moment), I feel like I am totally rockin' this Mom thing. It was that feeling of having my sh*t together for what seemed like the first time
It was also nice to go to preschool and for once not be a sweaty mess. See, other moms, I can look pretty here and there!
Right now, I am kicking myself for not thinking of this genius idea sooner! Which leads me to my next question: Is it inappropriate to take the kids to the gym just so I can shower?