My partner and I went to a SPA last weekend. It was a birthday gift from my mom and sister, which also included their babysitting services. A big deal since it was the first night away from both kids and potentially the first full night of sleep for me in over a year!
Most toddler parents know that there is a pre/post children dimension to most things in life (going to the shops, showering, eating, getting dressed, doing number 2…). But the difference when it comes to a spa experience only really became clear after listening to the following conversation in the changing room:
The spa weekend girls:
Spa girl 1: I love your bikini!
Spa girl 2: Really? Thanks. It took me an hour to choose. The stress…
Spa girl 3: Should we bring the clay masques into the spa? We might feel like using them at once.
Spa girl 1: Oh, I don’t know. We have no idea how we’ll feel while in there. Oooh, this doesn’t feel good at all! Can’t we just chill and see how we feel?
My mom texted that one of the boys was up all night and one of them is now throwing up.
My partner: My tummy feels funny as well.
Me: Can we pretend we didn’t get the message yet and stay in the pool for a while?
My partner: Your bikini is torn.
Me: You should be happy I almost had time to finish shaving my legs.
I listen with fascination to the girls and admire their full toilet bags. I quickly put on my randomly selected clothes as the vomiting situation at home is deteriorating. I grab a handful of free body lotion on my way out and slap it onto my forehead as if to say: you should be happy you have time for anxiety and even time to chat about it!
Different worlds indeed.
And despite the vomiting bonanza I wouldn’t have it any other way.