So I had some women snicker at my 8am appearance. It left me squinting my eyes and a bit confused as to why, instead of giving a compliment, they would make me feel bad about putting make-up on first thing in the morning.
It got me thinking. They have no clue about the morning I’ve had. Of course, IF I could sleep in until 14 minutes before school drop-off, I would. And I’d happily show up to school in my pajamas right along side of them. And little do they know that yes, I’ve been known to do that too. Wearing no makeup. Hair pulled back, sweats and uggs on, coffee in hand, in the school drop off line. It happens. Who cares.
But I wanted to say to them, ‘Before snickering at my 8am makeup, maybe you should know why I’m wearing it.’ I didn’t of course. I smiled and moved on. Had I told them though, this is what I would have said.
Today, my husbands alarm clock sounded at 5:15am. No one in our family was up at 5:15 but I woke too. And couldn’t go back to sleep.
I’m sure when we are settled into our ‘forever home’, I’ll be able to go back to sleep on these days, but now-a-days? When I wake up, I start thinking. Not only of our on-going house hunt, but just about the day ahead. My to-do list, our kids, my ‘chores’, the upcoming holidays, Roman’s birthday, Brian’s birthday… You get it right?
Does your mind ever wander in the early hours of the morning?
Brian got himself ready in our en-suite bathroom and then tip-toed out of the room.
Sometimes, I’m able to go back to sleep when the shower, bathroom, closet noises are done but other times I can’t. And dare I move and attempt to go downstairs, the dog will follow me and beg to be let outside and then the whole house will wake. The day will begin much earlier than ever intended.
As a fellow mom, do any of you get this?
Even flushing the toilet will wake someone in our house.
So I do some reading on my iPhone. A devotional, a blog post, whatever. I check my email and then… with all 3 boys sleeping and a sleeping dog in his bed, I did the only other thing that I am able to do quietly:
Put makeup on.
It’s early. But I can’t sleep. And I can’t do much of anything else. No chores, no laundry, no shower.
So snickering mamas to those other mamas with makeup on: Before snickering and giggling with your girl-friends because I look ‘glam’ (as you call it), please remember that there’s a story and a reason behind everything.
Every mamas life is different. Every mama has her own situation at home. Every mama’s sleep habits are unique. And every mama’s thinking is different too.
Maybe next time, instead of saying to the one with makeup on, ‘hehe Look at you! All glam by 8am… Must be nice! I wish! hehe’, you could just say,
“You look nice today!”
Your comments made me feel as if I did something wrong. And you know, while I’m at it, just because I look “glam” right now, life with 3 boys is still messy. and crazy. and wild. and beautiful.
I just happen to have make-up on while they hang from my limbs.
SO glam on glam mamas. And glam off if you are not a glam girl.
Makeup. No makeup. We’re alive and well. And that’s all that should matter.
Smile. Give a compliment. Hug. Encourage.
You’re doing good. Glam or not glam.