5 Things to Do While Waiting in the CarMommies, make the most out of your “me time” in the car!
-by April Daniels Hussar, courtesy of Betty Confidential
One thing I wasn’t prepared for when I became a mommy was all the WAITING that would be involved. I shouldn’t have been surprised, considering the whole preamble to the actual birth is just one long exercise in interminable waiting … waiting in the OB-GYN’s office, waiting to find out if it’s a girl or boy, waiting to get myriad test results back (has my daily milkshake and cookie habit given me that pregnancy diabetes?!), waiting with angelic patience for my husband to put together the baby’s new dresser FOR GOD’S SAKE MAN! and of course, waiting for that last month that feels like 85 years to end already.
But, no … those nine months 40 weeks (well, in my case 41 weeks but who’s counting?) are just a mere sample, a soupçon, if you will, of all the waiting that is in store for you once your little poopsie has made her grand appearance outside the womb. And, amazingly, much of that waiting time is spent in the car. For the first at least two years of my daughter’s life, whenever possible, if she fell asleep in the car, I let her stay put, and just enjoyed the peaceful “Me Time.” Now that she’s older, I still spend, and try to make the most out of, time in the car – even if it’s just the five minutes before I have to actually get out for school pick-up. I know that as she gets older, and I don’t have to accompany her every step of every single way (sniff!) there will be even MORE waiting … and to that I say … bring it on!
Listen – in this modern juggling act/rat race we call life, we need to make the most out of our downtime. So, in addition to catching up on your reading (duh) and checking your e-mail (curse you, inventor of PDAs, iPhones, Blackberries, and other forms of torture), here are 5 nifty activities you can do to make the most of your time waiting in the car:
- TWEEZE! Hello, have you not noticed how easy it is to see your eyebrows in your rear-view mirror? Pop a pair of tweezers in your glove box and you’re all set. Just DON’T get distracted by how well you can see your pores ... and your wrinkles in that mirror. In fact – best keep a compact of powder and some lip gloss handy too, in case you accidentally get sucked into a vortex of what happened to my face didn’t I graduate from high school just a minute ago? Snap out of it girlfriend! Pluck your eyebrows and be at peace. (This is also a great time to clip your baby’s fingernails if she doesn’t let you get near her with what is clearly an instrument of medieval torture while she’s awake. Sneaky!)
- Have someone read YOU a story. Doesn’t “book on tape” sound so quaint and retro? Whatevs – you can get them for free at your library, or download them onto your iPhone or your own particular technical persuasion … just get some stories to listen to! What better time to hear Kathy Griffin read her own book Official Book Club Selection -- since you clearly can not listen to it while Junior is in the backseat with his saucer ears. ($21.12, amazon.com)
- Exercise. Don’t laugh. You know what I’m about to say right? What better time than to get in a few rounds of everyone’s favorite exercise ... your Kegels! Then reward yourself with the latest issue of In Touch. You deserve it.
- Your nails. Oh yes – actual nail polish in the car is not for everyone – it’s a risky proposition if your baby is a light sleeper or you share a car with someone like my husband who might actually die of horror on the spot if I dripped Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color in “Racey Rouge” on the seat. BUT – an emery board and buffer can snuggle in the glove box very nicely alongside your tweezers and, if you’re not a butterfingers, a bottle or two of a light, quick-dry polish.
- Catalog window-shopping. One of my favorite past-times: a span of uninterrupted time to drool over the coordinated bath-mat-shower-curtains-children in the Mother of All Mommy Porn catalogues: Pottery Barn Kids.
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