If there’s anything that is constantly amazing me about having kids, it’s that things never stop changing and evolving — things they do, things you do, routines to adjust.
When the toddler was a month or two old, I would shower and do my makeup while he sat in his bouncy seat (or carseat) in the bathroom. It was awesome when he got the hiccups, because then I didn’t feel the need to whip around the shower curtain and check on him every two seconds.
When he started crawling, I made a new plan and would set him down the hall from the bathroom, and rush through my makeup/tooth-brushing while he slowly ambled down the hall towards me.
When his crawling got too fast, I started sticking him in the (empty) tub while I got myself ready, and he’d play with bath toys. Then he graduated to climbing in and out of the tub on his own (which kept him occupied, so, cool).
Now, at 16 months? None of that will work anymore. However, the Toddler of Terror now loves really participating with me as I get ready in the morning.
While I rarely get to shower alone anymore (only on Darling Husband’s days off), it is nice to have a new getting-ready routine that works for us. He seems to be having a blast, I’m getting showered, dressed and ready. Everybody wins!
How do you juggle getting yourself ready in the morning?
Husband and I have an unspoken trade-off system that seems to work pretty well. One goes in and gets the dude and changes his diaper while the other showers (often, one of us showers at night to make the mornings run smoothly). Our boy usually plays in our room while we get dressed and then we pop him into his high chair and we all have breakfast together — one of us feeds the boy, while the other packs lunches … so on, and so forth. We dress the boy and let him play around our very-child-proofed home while we finish last-minute things and out the door we go, all at the same time, into two cars and on our way. It's chaos, really, but it works!