This week’s category: The Top 5 Things Every Mama Needs
1. A support system. I feel lucky that mine stretches across boundaries of home, state, country, and interwebs. The biggest parts of it are most definitely:
& The Nana
2. Tinted moisturizer. I’ve just discovered this magic little potion that hides all kinds of sleepy uglies and is probably the only reason that passersby don’t think I’m homeless. Bonus points in this category for those mamas who find a way to include mascara & lip gloss in their get-ready routine, too. Most days it’s the moisturizer and vaseline for me, but I’m workin’ on it.
2. A stop-crying plan. That works. It’s proven to be of vital importance that I have one or two sure-fire ways to keep Natalie happy (whether in public, before bedtime, when I’m trying to make a phone call, or just to save my sanity). Our standby is storytime–Natalie loves books, and reading a stack of them to her is pretty much a guaranteed way to keep her happy in the short-term. Other ways to buy us some happy time include peek-a-boo playtime with her Pooh Bear, snuggles with her Seahorse, and bathtime.
3. The ability to get dressed in under 5 minutes. The days of taking my time to go through my closet, try on and discard outfits, or contemplate shoe choice has passed. Unless I have that lovely support system in-house on weekday mornings I’m usually scrambling to get myself into clothes in 5 minutes, max. It’s a learned skill, and I consider it a vital one for all mommies.
5. Alone time. At a minimum, I need 15 minutes each day, and a solid hour each week, just to myself, with no baby and no responsibilities. On a daily basis that 15 minutes is usually reserved for coffee or trashy magazines or blogging. Mikey has been a savior in this department, and is always a step ahead of me in offering to take Natalie with him to run errands after work or on the weekends so I can have some blissful quiet (well, itunes-blaring) time all by my lonesome.
Those are my Top 5. What are yours?