Bath time


as of late, marlo typically refuses a bath and, instead, insists on a shower because she's a big girl and, apparently, that's what big girls do: they break their mama's hearts by growing up far too quickly and only wanting showers.

but on the rare early evening that she does want to splish and splash in the tub, i sit and drink a well-deserved glass of wine while marlo babbles away, throws water all over the bathroom, goes through the list of her tricks and does everything in her power to make me laugh. it's, by far, my favorite part of the day. (that may also be in small part due to the fact that i know that bedtime is near and the day is coming to an end, that tomorrow is close. but we won't go there. well, at least not today.)

one of the few very vivid memories i have of marlo as a newborn is giving her her first proper bath. she was sixteen days old and joe had just flown out of town that morning for the first time since she was born. so there i was, a rookie left alone with this very new itty-bitty baby for the very first time, completely perplexed as to how i was supposed to do anything without breaking her. i was still convinced that i was doing everything wrong.

much to my surprise, after the initial piercing cry because she was naked and cold, she settled into that warm bath water and gave me her first voluntary smile. i was so nervous about giving her that bath, so cautious and fearful that she would absolutely hate it. instead, she was so calm and content it gave me such a boost of confidence. and, while bath time isn't quite as peaceful as it once was, it's still the time that makes me feel like today was a good day, even if it didn't feel like it; it's the time that reminds me that i'm doing a few things right, even when it feels that i'm doing most things wrong.
marlo, 16 days old, taking her first bath


gracehill said...

This is so sweet! I needed to read this- think I'm going to pour a glass of wine for the next bath with my two year old, sit back and enjoy it, rather than trying to rush through it. Found your blog recently through stroller naps and have really enjoyed both of them! Thanks :)

mar.seaglass said...

Just discovered your blog and love it. Coincidentally, my baby girl is also a Marlo! Good name. :)


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