The other night, Allie asked if she could shower instead of me giving her a bath. Sure. Why not? Now, the girls have had showers before, but normally those are reserved for vacations when my OCD takes over and I can't bear the thought of my kids bathing in a tub of questionable cleanliness. I'm usually not a big fan of showers for the kids only because I still need to supervise and assist (think HAIR and Anna is more susceptible to falls) which means I walk away with at least one soaking wet body part.
We outfitted the shower in the girls' bathroom with a spray nozzle and recently, Grammy found this clip attachment which allowed us to lower the shower to little kid height.
I can still assist and not end up looking like I had taken a shower with my clothes on. I've been focusing on teaching them what to do instead of just throwing them in and lathering them up.
And there's more! I've watched Emily change up empty toilet paper rolls twice this week without prompting and Allie's hands are finally strong enough to pop open their car seat buckles, which is a HUGE back saver for me, especially when she unbuckles the kid in the third row of the minivan. I didn't know she could do it until I found her standing in the back of the van after I had pulled into the garage the other night. I was confused and thought she hadn't been buckled in.
(At less than, but closing in on, 40 pounds, the girls are still in a five-point harness seat. Remember, safety first. Allie and Emily have been able to buckle themselves in and tighten the straps for awhile now, but unbuckling has been a different story.)