so...one of my least favorite facets of motherhood is personal grooming. everything that needs to be done is at the least, unpleasant, at the worst, war.
baths are a huge hassle that take so much energy and make such a big mess and always involve tears and yelling and me covered in sweat and dirty bath water.
nails...where to start...maybe the fact that i find NOTHING more disgusting than nail clippings. nothing is worse than that. thinking about them right now makes me a little queasy. now consider the fact that if everyone gets their nails done on the same day, I HAVE TO CLIP 100 NAILS. yes, 10 fingers + 10 toes x 5 kids = 100 nails. yuck. to make the situation even less tolerable is that i usually have to wrestle no less than 2 children into nail clipping position while they cry and drool and wipe snot all over me.
haircuts are not too bad at this point. for awhile, they were the worst of all, but apparently only thomas and jack have a real aversion to having their haircut. for the most part, everyone sits pretty still and does what they are told if they are bribed with a taffy beforehand (i have no qualms whatsoever about bribing my children to behave). thomas has completely gotten over his fears and gets his hair cut peacefully and frequently now. thank god. jack (who weighs close to 60 pounds at this point) still has to be wrestled into position and held down, but he is the only one at this point. we also have to swear that we will not go near him with clippers, only scissors (as a quick sidebar, in september, when i let jack drop out of pre-k, he announced to the world that he quit school and haircuts). tonight however, was an exercise is hair cutting frustration. i took the girls to get hair cuts before easter (the boys are going tomorrow, much to jack's chagrin). i told the two different hairdressers that i wanted chin length bobs with short bangs. katie's hair is sitting on her shoulders in the back, it is slightly shorter in the front. the bottom of cara's earlobes are visible. really? katie and cara can tell me where their chins are, why can't the hairdresses that i paid (and tipped because i feel bad not tipping even though they didn't do what i asked). katie's haircut was extremely frustrating because the crazy lady had her in the seat for almost 10 minutes before she started cutting. apparently, katie would not sit still enough or look down in the correct manner. for real, lady? i can't get her not to go the bathroom in her pants, you think she is going to sit perfectly still with her head at just the right angle? come on! start cutting...i know it's not going to be perfect. she's two for goodness sake! the saddest part of the whole story is that i have to do this again tomorrow...with the difficult crowd. ugh.
by the way...for anyone interested...dennis is doing pretty good with the potty training. the girls are no longer being trained at this point.