Despite your efforts to institute a household “last call,” your little roommate has upped his ungodly hour antics leaving you sleep-starved and foggy come morning. Instead of giving the finger to the alarm clock and then dragging yourself around like a lagoon creature, try these strategies for making you feel better.
No joke here mamas – sometimes it’s hard to find the time to take a shower or bath when your world revolves around other people’s needs.
Plan A: Bathe at night after the kids have gone to bed and/or when adult help has arrived.
Plan B: Dry shampoo.
While you may be getting by on 45 minutes of sleep a night, you don’t have to look like it.
Plan A: Concealer for those dark circles.
Plan B: Wear a bright top, preferably pink, to lend healthy color to your face.
If you can’t keep your eyes open and are fighting head slump, you desperately need to re-energize.
Plan A: Sleep when the baby sleeps.
Plan B: Down some caffeine.
A meticulously pinned up-do or a voluminous blowout can make you feel like a million bucks. Aim for a quick and simple, feel-like-$50 ‘do.
Plan A: Use preppy headbands or sparkly barrettes to quickly pull hair away from your face.
Plan B: Cover up like a celeb with a baseball cap or beanie. Add big earrings and bigger sunglasses and you might just get mistaken for Jessica Simpson. Might.
Seeing and talking to full-grown human beings is vital.
Plan A: Get out of the house – shop, visit friends, go to the gym or the library.
Sleep can seem like the holy grail of parenting – desperately sought after but elusive.
Plan A: Read “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child” before the baby is born.
Plan B: Read the cheat sheet for tired parents at the end of each chapter in “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child.”