"Sorry, I was hiding in the shower…"
Yep, that’s what I texted to my friend who was looking for me while I was hiding from my responsibilities. Having two kids ain’t no joke, ya’ll. I knew I could handle it, and I’m handling it – as long as I get those 15 (OK 30) minutes in the shower.
I told myself that this year I’d blog the truth. I have before, but I’ve admittedly left out some things (most of my feelings) fearing the comments that would come back. However, one of the many reasons for this blog is to help other parents. Who am I helping if tell everyone when I’m struggling or hiding in the shower? This whole parenting thing isn’t 100 percent perfect. No one has it perfect. NO ONE! I know I’m a good mother, and so are you (except if you’re a dad. Then, you’re a good dad!)! I know I’m not a bad mother, and neither are you (no bad dads either)! I’m speaking the truth. I wrote previously about how we should admit our faults, our mistakes, and our "duh!" moments. It helps us all so much.
So, I hide in the shower -- every day. I’m not crying in there or anything. I’m getting clean, listening to my music (possibly dancing and singing), and I can’t hear a damn thing outside of that bathroom. No crying, no "mommy, mommy, mommy," no "where’s this" or "where’s that," no barking from the dog, no me trying to figure out how to divide myself equally in half for both kids and figure out how to still show my husband I love him. For those minutes, I’m me just taking a shower. No, I can’t help with the baby or get Lincoln a snack. I’M TAKING A SHOWER!
We talk about nights out with the girls or date night. The shower is my “girls night out.” It’s just short, daily, and alone (you dirty birds!).
Do you have an “unusual” escape?
Erin Hill is mom to Lincoln, born in January 2010, and Reagan, born in November 2013. She's learning as she goes and is experiencing everything a new mom goes through the second time around while seeing the humor, irony, and enjoyment in her adventures.
Erin is a full-time technical writer and co-founder and writer for SlimSavers.com in her "spare time." She lives in Plum with Lincoln, her husband, Adam, their dog, Roxie, and five (yes, five) cats, Nirvana, Gary Roberts, Elvis, Talbot and Forrest.