Recently I had a bubble bath.
It wasn’t just an ordinary bubble bath.
It was my first bubble bath since having Princess a few months ago.
It was my first bubble bath with bubbles made by a ridiculously luxurious and smelly bath lotion.
It was my first bubble bath in almost a year where I could sip on a glass of Sauvigon while I soaked.
It was my first bubble bath in quite a while, where I actually fit into the tub and didn’t require the help of Hubby and a forklift to get out!
It was heavenly.
I lit some scented candles, turned off the main light and closed the door knowing that Mini-Me and Princess were safe with Daddy.
I had at least a half hour to switch off.
It was utter bliss.
To get a few minutes, however long or short, where you know the kids are safe in someone else’s care and you can completely relax, is a luxury that I never appreciated until I had children.
I reached out for the fancy, long-stemmed wine glass and sighed. The golden liquid swishing around the huge glass looked extra pretty and lush in the candlelight. I found myself stopping to look at the scene in front of me.
Had I had a camera, this would have been a cool photograph.
Candlelight, suds, the gold sauvignon, my recently painted nails. It was all quite fabulous; classy; romantic even! The photograph would have been the perfect accompaniment to an article on a Yummy Mummy, or indeed a perfect pamper evening.
I sipped on the cold wine and enjoyed the flavours. It had been quite a while since I had had wine in the bath! Deep breath and relax. And then smile as I felt a little bit of the “Me B.C” creeping back.
Yes. This was Heaven.
And then I turned my head slightly to the left…
On the edge of my “photograph of perfection” was a reminder of real life.
Along the side of the bath, was the full collection of Disney princesses…the bath toy versions…which are pretty, but a little creepy when you consider the size of their heads in relation to their bodies!
(And the Rapunzel doll looks like she’s high on something illegal!)
Interspersed with these Princesses, were multicoloured rubber ducks, glaring at me through their pirate eye-patches.
I looked to the right.
The over flowing laundry basket looked like it was puking clothes.
And so my picture perfect Yummy Mummy moment suddenly became a snapshot of reality.
And I simply laughed.
I focused again on the centre view. If I just kept looking straight ahead, I could pretend for a few minutes that I had nothing to worry about but the suds and that my servants would sort out the laundry!
And so that is what I did. I finished sipping the Sauvignon, stared at the candle flame dancing through the suds, and relaxed.
When I was suitably wrinkly and relaxed, (and the water was starting to get too cold to enjoy), I turned my attention back to Cinderella and her band of ducking pirates.
Yes, I was cross at them for ruining my picture perfect moment, but still.
They represent my reality.
I can pretend to be as classy and sophisticated as I like, but the reality is that I am an overgrown child who quite likes the colourful mess of bath toys in the bathroom.
And I don’t have servants so the puking laundry basket would be dealt with, by me…but not until the next morning.
I got out of the bath, (without help!!! HUGE accomplishment!), wrapped myself up in a fluffy towel and left the candlelit bathroom, completely relaxed and smelling lovely, and looking forward to cuddles with my own little Disney Princesses in the bright light of the next morning.
But for just a little while,
I was Suds-And-Sauvignon Mum.
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