If I'm being honest, I've always loved the shower. I'll equate this fondness to being an Aquarius, and how much I'm drawn to water in general. However, it's probably just the fact that feeling clean is nice and hot water feels nice and the entire process, while sometimes annoying, is nice. However, I had no idea how much the shower, and the act of showering, would become such a pivotal staple in my life, until I became a mom. Turns out, the shower is freakin' life-saving. It's magic. There are also some weird things every new mom does when she's showering, because something this wonderful must come with a side of ridiculousness. After all, all that glitters is not gold.
As a writer, I get my best ideas in the shower. As a mother, the shower has become something of a safe haven for clarity, relaxation, and finding neutral so I don't lose my ever-lovin' mind. It has become less about washing my hair or cleaning my body, and more about simply having a few moments to myself (sometimes). While a few of my first postpartum showers were jarring, to say the least (hello postpartum body and exhaustion and the constant fear that if I wasn't staring at my kid every second of every day, something would go wrong) I have quickly learned that the shower provides me with everything I need. I can relax. I can clean the baby-puke off of me. I can feel like myself again. I can be left alone.
The shower is also a source of some "odd" behavior, which is basically to say that the shower is a source of totally normal behavior if you're a mother. Your idea of "normal" changes when you're a mom, and it has definitely changed what I consider to be completely natural bathroom (and shower) behavior. So, with that in mind, here are a few things every mom does in the shower that are probably perceived as weird, but is just a normal part of any parent's day.