I have been blessed to come across many different blogs (or simply in-person conversations) addressing many of the issues mothers face when transitioning from one to two children. As I’ve mentioned before, I feel very peaceful about our new boy’s arrival. I don’t have a lot of anxiety and I’m not very concerned about being able to share my love with another child. I’ve thought a lot, and presently, there’s only one issue that’s sticking out in my mind.
It seems so trivial, but as I’ve considered what it will be like to juggle two little ones while I shower, I’m just not sure how it’s supposed to look! Jack is still too young to be left alone unless he’s napping. So…I could wait until he’s napping and then just lay the baby in the bassinet by the door of the bathroom (or bring him in the shower with me), but it doesn’t seem practical, considering Jack doesn’t nap until mid-afternoon anyway. If Ryan is home, he can obviously help, but I cannot base my showers around Ryan’s unpredictable schedule.
At this point, I shower early in the morning before I get Jack out of bed. It’s possible that it could continue to work this way even after the baby comes, but we’re in the middle of the long, drawn-out process of transitioning Jack to a mattress on the floor (currently, he sleeps in the pack-n-play because we don’t have a crib). Once Jack begins to regularly sleep on the mattress, I won’t feel comfortable leaving him in his room (if he’s awake) while I shower. He’s getting so good at opening doors and I just don’t feel right about leaving him unattended.
The only possible solution I’ve come up with is to start showering at night. I’ve always been a morning showerer, but perhaps I need to change that. I figure, that way, Jack will be asleep and the baby will either be sleeping or spending time with Ryan.
Any thoughts? Suggestions?