Today’s challenge: Get a pedicure with your baby in tow.
Confession: I needed a pedicure in a bad way. The last time I had even thoughtÂ about my toenails was 1 week before my due date when a friend treated me to aÂ girls’ day. So keep in mind that I had my daughter 11 days past my due date and thatÂ she is now 6 weeks old and that makes over 2 months since my toes had seen any groomingÂ action.
And they were gross, with nails so long that they were actually snagging my socks!
I was so disgusted with them that the day before I got this pedicure I stole 5 minutesÂ of alone time and hastily clipped them sitting in the middle of the bathroom floorÂ (don’t tell my husband) and I thought I’d done a pretty good job of cutting themÂ short”¦um not so much because the first thing the nail technician said to me whenÂ she looked at my feed was “been a long time eh?” You got me”¦
But I digress. Let’s talk about how this challenge actually played out ”¦
My little sister and Dad came down for a few days during my sister’s spring breakÂ and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for a little girly bonding time.Â Originally I was going to have my dad watch Garrity but she’d been particularlyÂ fussy that day. I think we’re going through a bit of a “I only want mama” phase soÂ while my dad said he’d give it a shot by himself I decided I didn’t want to torture Grandpa and ended up taking Garrity along.
I risked it and went to a new-to-me nail salon because the one I normally go to wasÂ pretty small and I wasn’t sure where Garrity was going to sit and I totally lucked out.Â The place I went to was super spacious! My sister and I got chairs next to each otherÂ and I got the one on the end and sat Garrity on the floor next to me in her car seat.
She was sleeping when we got there and only woke up once the whole time!
I did my best to enjoy being pampered (the chair massage might have been myÂ favorite part of the whole ordeal) but I’ll admit I spent most of the time focused onÂ the sleeping baby next to me and planning what I’d do if she ended up getting fussy.
If she had started to freak out my plan was to pull her up on my lap but luckily IÂ didn’t need to.
All in all, another easy challenge. I’m glad my sister was there to help distract me.Â Having her to talk to kept my mind a little more focused on why we were there andÂ allowed me to disconnect from mama-mode and actually enjoy my pampering. IÂ think if I had gone by myself I would have done nothing but stare at Garrity andÂ watch the clock. I’m also glad I knocked this one out of the park because now I haveÂ the confidence to go again. And now that it’s just about summertime (aka sandalÂ season) I need to make sure I have good looking feet. 🙂
[All photos by Whitney Mattocks; rights reserved]
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