Babies Like the Sound of Running Water

A few people asked yesterday if I still managed to get a shower each day. Yes, with very much the same setup as before.

Eleanor, July 2009

August, May 2011

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  • Kate
    May 25, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Very cool! But what do you do with Elanor? I’m sure she can’t be left unsupervised while you are in the shower/getting ready…

    • Making it Lovely
      May 25, 2011 at 10:17 am

      Often I’m up and in the shower before she wakes up. If she’s up and it’s early enough that Brandon is still home, he watches her. If we all sleep in a little (not likely) and Brandon has to leave for work, Eleanor plays with her toys in the bathroom next to August.

      • Kate
        May 25, 2011 at 10:25 am

        That sounds like a good system. I have often wondered how moms with two young children get ready for the day!

  • Sarah Hettervik @
    May 25, 2011 at 10:24 am

    It’s so hard for me in the morning to decide if I want extra blog time or shower time *sigh* being an honest person it’s about half and half lol

    – Sarah

  • Charisma
    May 25, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I did the same thing with Ella. Only I also used her high chair sometimes.

  • Jenny
    May 25, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Aww, I remember those days…And I can’t believe how much your son looks like his sister in that first picture! I would love to get up and jump in the shower, too, (SAHM of 3, here), but I try to fit in exercise first, so I usually don’t shower until noon…

  • Alison
    May 25, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I can’t believe how much alike they look…I really thought it was the same baby… :)

  • Laura
    May 25, 2011 at 10:58 am

    He is adorable! Is it the lighting or is he a red-head? I hope for the latter! Either way, he’s very cute.

    • Making it Lovely
      May 25, 2011 at 11:13 am

      Yes, we think he’s going to have reddish hair! It’s hard to tell though if that’s the hair he’s keeping or if it’s still falling out.

  • liz @ bon temps beignet
    May 25, 2011 at 11:06 am

    good to know it’s possible to take showers after having babies!

    I love Eleanor’s “whatchu lookin at??” face.

  • Lisa
    May 25, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Nerdy question – but where did you get your bouncy seat? Or…who makes it? I love that it’s not over the top “baby”. Good system!

    • Making it Lovely
      May 25, 2011 at 11:12 am

      It was a hand-me-down from Brandon’s sister. It’s by Fisher Price.

      • Lisa
        May 25, 2011 at 11:12 am

        whew – you’re fast! thanks!

    • Nicole
      May 25, 2011 at 12:31 pm

      I bought one in 2006/2007 at Target. Maybe they have something similar now?

  • Nicole RJ
    May 25, 2011 at 11:18 am

    *lol* I lay my little one on a towel on the floor and she happily kicks away while I shower. Love that babies love listening to the sound of a shower!

  • Amanda
    May 25, 2011 at 11:24 am

    I haven’t commented before, but I just have to say – I love your blog! And I don’t have kids yet, but when/if I do, you’ve given me great ideas. Thanks so much!

  • cassie @ primitive & proper
    May 25, 2011 at 11:36 am

    i used to do that, too! or i would take a bath and set my son up in his bouncer while i bathed and sang to him. whatever works! i was clean every day and as a new mom, that was great!

  • Micheline
    May 25, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I did the same thing with my first and plan to do it again when baby girl arrives in September. Although my son will probably want to be in the shower with me instead of playing nicely next to the baby.

    Love their expressions and the stripes! Too cute.

    • Making it Lovely
      May 25, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      Sometimes Eleanor hops in the shower with me too.

  • Dawn
    May 25, 2011 at 11:52 am

    OMG…that’s exactly how I did it! Though, my daughter didn’t want to have anything to do with the boucy seat…so she just cried in her crib while I showered (hey, sometimes…they just gotta cry). But my son would sing and coo and babble away while I got clean…:)

  • Joy
    May 25, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Wow, he looks just like you!

  • Lisa
    May 25, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I did the same thing when he was little. Now he’s 5, and I try to shower before he wakes up. Otherwise, he showers with me. If he’s awake, and doesn’t want to shower, I just sit him in front of the tv with his favorite show, and shower as quickly as possible. Excessive television is a bad thing, but it’s a good thing for a short time. It allows mom to get something done.

    • Making it Lovely
      May 25, 2011 at 9:31 pm

      Agreed. E doesn’t watch TV everyday, but there are times when it’s very helpful.

  • Kia
    May 25, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I am a working mom, who is away from my babe for 11 hours, 4 days a week. I try to spend as much time as possible with my 2yr old little girl, so we shower or take a bath together every night. That has been our routine since she was 3 months.

  • Julia
    May 25, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    mine are 20 months apart and I did the same thing! And once our son was a little older I knew he’d be okay watching elmo or clifford for 8 minutes while I took a shower!

  • Shayla
    May 25, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    1. I LOVE your blog
    2. I just gave birth to a baby boy in April, who we also named August!
    3. This is exactly how I get a shower in everyday. I also leave the water running while I get dressed. Its not very eco-friendly I know… but I get dressed really fast!!!

  • P.R
    May 25, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I think both of your children have very easy temperament. This trick does not work for all babies, some babies want to be held at all times. For some parents even using a bathroom could be luxury :-)

    • Joy
      May 25, 2011 at 3:56 pm

      :) That’s my experience. Hannah is almost two now and I still have to shower while she’s napping or after she’s in bed.

    • Making it Lovely
      May 25, 2011 at 9:32 pm

      You’re right, I do have very easygoing kids.

  • Funnelcloud Rachel
    May 25, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I love that August is wearing pink (and brown)!

  • Laurie
    May 25, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    When I first saw those 2 pics, I thought they were both the same baby!!!!!

    I remember those days of “what to do with the kids when i need to take a shower”….ugggg

  • MB
    May 25, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I thought I was the only one who did this! I love knowing there are other mother’s that are showering and attempting to keep a baby happy at the same time! Motherhood is all about multi-tasking…

  • Kate
    May 25, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I used to do the same thing! BUt what I really want to know is where did you get that shower curtain? Did you make it? Love it!

    • Making it Lovely
      May 25, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      It was from Bed, Bath & Beyond, by Waverly, but I got it years ago.

  • Tara Jane
    May 25, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    We had the same bouncy seat! Awe brings back nice baby memories!

  • JLR
    May 25, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    He looks like his sister in the top photo – cute!

    I used a johnny jump up in the bathroom doorway to shower – worked great.

  • Anna
    May 25, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    I love the rompers they are both wearing – are you able to give us a heads up on where to buy similar?

    • Making it Lovely
      May 25, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      They were both from Target, from when Eleanor was a baby.

  • Anita K
    May 25, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    I love it! I have a similar picture, my baby in the bouncer, and 2 toddlers peeking in the door from outside. I leave the door open to the outside so I can hear them while I’m in the shower. Crazy how a mom has to get just a basic shower in! :)

  • christy
    May 25, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    I do the same thing. and the sound of a hairdryer will shut her up -the baby that is-faster than anything when she’s fussy! My 3yo is either playing in the bathroom w us or watching sesame street.

  • Leenie
    May 25, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    What a sweetheart. He needs to come teach my kid a thing or two about how to be a rockstar in the bouncer during mommy’s shower time!

  • Megan
    May 26, 2011 at 7:27 am

    August is adorable!
    Where did you get that fun shower curtain? I love the fabric!

  • luuvely
    May 26, 2011 at 8:25 am

    i immediately thought “wow..august looks just like eleanor! :)” then i saw his pic..and said..”oh thats not him..its her..but man! they look lots alike!”

    i love easy going children…my son was the same way…bounce seat in the doorway of the bathroom every single morning…it was really nice..and when he got older..we’d play peek-a-boo…


  • Bethany
    May 26, 2011 at 9:07 am

    I was scanning your post and I saw the first baby photo and thought, ‘wow, your boy looks EXACTLY like Eleanor’. Then I saw it WAS Eleanor! LOL!

    • daria
      May 26, 2011 at 1:10 pm

      Same here! Then I started reading the comments just to see how many other people made the same mistake, and there are a few!

  • Kia
    May 26, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Nicole love your blog and your family is soooo cute.
    I commented yesterday, I said I was a working mom but I should have said that, I am a work outside the home mom. All moms are working moms. I’m sorry and I did not mean to offend anyone.:)

  • Joette
    May 26, 2011 at 9:16 am

    This cracks me up! We have that EXACT same bouncy in our bathroom! It’s a lifesaver!

  • Nolita
    May 26, 2011 at 11:46 am

    August looks just like you in the bottom picture. Love pics of babies with perturbed looks too! Too cute!

  • Sheena
    May 29, 2011 at 2:24 am

    The only way I could get a shower when my son was an infant! Yay for hand-me-downs! It’s always smart to go for the gender neutral items. I may not be able to control myself though if I have a girl since my first (and only) is a boy… I just may go pink/ruffle crazy!