What did you do in the name of new mom beauty? Ever thought of taking your baby to get a pedicure… I mean, take her along to to get a pedicure for yourself. My big experiment today (about 30 minutes prior to writing this post) was to see if LadyP could handle sitting on my lap for about 30+ minutes while Mommy got her previously-yucky toes did and feet rubbed at our local pedi-place. Yes, it is possible. No, it wasn’t impossible. Actually, it was fun. Here’s why you should try this too:
1) Kiddos need to learn to sit still and wait for others on occasion (no matter how young). Not all activities in life involve entertaining children so that they don’t get ‘cranky.’ Life is not all about you, it’s not all about me, and it’s not all about kids being constantly entertained. When my sister and I were little girls, we were taught (by my mom) to be respectful of others and to entertain ourselves when required. She sat through our dance lessons and rehearsals, we sat through her meetings at church and teacher-activities. My little pedicure today was my first step to teach LadyP to be patient and respectful when required to share time on occasion. And she was (mostly). I’m working off the philosophy that kids will do what you expect from them IF you set the expectation and follow through.
2) To prove to yourself that you can and that it’s not that hard to take the baby with you — wherever you might be going. Fight the good fight to keep your lifestyle and not get bogged-down by the “it’s too hard with the baby” mantra that is soooo easy to fall prey to (yes, I use it occasionally, but only when absolutely necessary). Also, this piggybacks on my thoughts above. If it’s too “hard” to take the baby/kid with you, then you lose out on teaching certain things that you need to teach them for life. Again, I’m a rookie at this Mommy stuff, but I’m starting to realize that ‘teachable moments’ come from the day-to-day activities. Babies/toddlers/kids will only learn how to act appropriately in a store/restaurant/public place if YOU take them and TEACH them through example and expectation regularly.
3) Because you absolutely need one to not feel like the dragon-lady. If I didn’t get a pedicure TODAY, my toes may have started to crumble into a million pieces of dust. Seriously. Sometimes you just don’t have an option. And, it may just give you an extra giggle for your day (not to mention, will make you feel *fabulous* because you pulled it off).
HAS YOUR BABY EXPERIENCED A PEDICURE?