Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Works For Me!

This is my first WFMW post, but I had something fun I just had to share.

We all know (or remember) what it's like to neeeeeeeeed a shower before we actually have our hands free and our baby safely secured in her crib for a long nap. We all know how hard it is to find safe and interesting occupation for baby's little busy mind and hands while we sneak in that quick refresher.

This little treasure is my old umbrella stroller from Baby BlueEyes' stroller days. I've kept it around for visits from little nieces and nephews and friends who come by. The first week I was home alone with Li'l Empress, I was really needing to jump start my day. And I just can't do that without a nice shower to wake me up. It was 11 a.m. and I was desperate to salvage something of my day. In clothes. With a clean face and no clumpy bed head.

So I dug out the stroller and grabbed a variety of toys that are noisy and bright. The key here is that I also chose toys that could easily loop through the stroller straps and still be accessible to her royal little hands. This is what I came up with. May I present to you . . . . .

The Stroller of Wonder
(say it in a booming announcer's voice,
with plenty of drama to tickle your funny bone this morning. . .)

Another key, if you are planning to use this for your regular showering schedule, is to swap out the toys occasionally. You know, to keep the wooooooonder (again with the booming announcer's voice. Try it - I promise, it's fun.)! Note the array of toys - not too many so as to overwhelm Li'l Empress, but just enough to keep her wondering (cue voice again). And to keep me showering long enough to wash my hair AND my face. In the interest of full disclosure, I haven't tested it on my "long shower days" - you know, where I shave and condition and all that other primping we ladies need once in a blue moon. I mean, once every couple days. I've reserved this treat for only my speedy shower days - you know, the basics one needs to survive the day. The rest of the time I either gift myself with the treat of a jammy morning or I drag my sorry behind out of bed 15 minutes early and start the spackling and puttying while the kids eat their breakfast. Don't laugh, I know you've all been there. Or are there now. At any rate, here's my first WFMW post.

It works for me! Really.


Livin' Life said...

That's a great idea. I used to just fill the bathroom floor with toys and scrub quickly. They all ended up wet though because they would stick their little heads into the shower all the time and get water every where. I like your idea better.

Salzwedel Family said...

He he...just the other day I did this with our high chair in the hallway outside the bathroom. Seriously, I could not stand not having a shower anymore. I can completely relate to this post!

Mervy said...

I know there are parents out there that shower AND clothe their kids before they go to bed so they're ready the next day. Maybe you should twist that - shower and dress before you go to bed and wake-up ready for your day. And, for that nappy bed-head look (which is totally in), just use some hairspray and gel and finger into place in seconds. Voila! Of course, a favorite ball cap always works too...:)

Heidi @ GGIP said...

Cute idea. I love the giraffe print of that stroller too!

April Isaacs said...

Oh my!! I am so glad to know that I am not in this alone!:-)

I am glad others are as crazy as me!

Love the stroller. Emme is just now starting to really get around. I'll keep that idea for when she is fully mobile:-)


Aus said...

I've said this before, but I'll say it again - the cat post or this one - ya'll are a hoot!!

And I might say - dang clever too! (big grin!)

love the idea (and we've had 5 consecutive nights of sleep - a new record!!)

hugs to all -