Shave Your Chewbacca Legs
This morning I woke up and felt like my head was just…foggy? I guess that would be the best word to describe it. I just felt zoned out. And as I was about to start my morning routine of brushing my toddler’s hair, then her teeth, getting her dressed, changing my baby’s diaper, getting him dressed, washing both of their faces etc; but then I stopped. And told my husband that I was getting in the shower. And was going to shave my legs!
Now, that might not seem like a big deal to some of you. But let me tell you, it is a HUGE deal for me. I haven’t had a chance to shave my legs in over a month. Literally. I almost could have braided my leg hair. And I’m sure some of you are cringing from this. Or maybe you’re nodding your head in agreement as you glance down at your own Chewbacca legs. And this just shows you how I’ve either stopped caring about my appearance, as it’s SUMMER and I’m wearing shorts every day. Or… That I just genuinely don’t have enough time to carve that out for myself. It’s the latter, I assure you.
So I got in the shower, and I did everything I used to do before I had kids. I took the time to shampoo and condition my hair, exfoliate my face, use the good bottle of body wash instead of my “hurry let’s just do this thing and scrub my body with the nearest bar of soap”, and most importantly, I was able to shave my legs! Yay for small wins! And yes; again, my toddler was not a happy camper and was yelling for me to get out of the shower, which then turned into tears, and finally morphed into a very sad mini melt down. But we both survived. And while I was in the shower I was thinking about how we, as moms, really need to take time for ourselves. I think we’re so used to putting our children before us that sometimes we forget to do basic things for ourselves too.
Before I had kids, I would use lotion, detangler, products for my hair, I’d pluck my eyebrows, shave my legs, and blow dry and style my hair. Honestly, I maybe get to blow dry my hair once a week now. If that? I can’t tell you the last time I whipped out a curling iron or a straightener. Before kids, my makeup was applied in front of my bathroom mirror with precision and all of the time in the world. Now, I slap on some concealer, compact, and I’m good to go. I’m trying to get back to into my eye liner days. I love eye liner. I’m addicted to it. And I miss it. So now I’m going to make a point to carve out some time to put my eyeliner on too. And maybe I’m being a little too high maintenance or maybe even ridiculous, but it’s not about WHAT I miss. It’s that I’ve cut out so many things for myself, because I feel like I’m always rushing, that now sometimes I just don’t feel like myself. Ya know?
So after my shower and shave, I got out and comforted my toddler. And did the most of my old stuff that I used to do. And the fog was lifted! I felt back to normal! So I really want to emphasize that these actually are. pretty small problems to have, comparatively. Ya know? It’s actually kinda funny: woe is me, I don’t get to pamper myself right now. Because as I said in the video I just posted, this is life. And these kiddos aren’t going to be this little forever and need me this much. And if someone asked me: would you rather have your small children that need you almost all of the time, or have all the time in the world to get dolled up? It’d be my kids. Hands down. Every day. So my message for today: I encourage you to carve some time out for yourself! And do whatever makes you happy! Whether it’s laying outside and soaking up the sun for 15 uninterrupted minutes. Or going on a jog around your neighborhood. Maybe it’s cooking and baking. Or painting your nails that fun summer nail polish you’ve been looking forward to using. Or reading up on politics. Whatever it is. Maybe not doing this every day, but whatever is realistic for YOU. And as always, you’ve got this Mama!