Monday, June 7, 2010

Please excuse the chipped nails, I have a 6 month old.

I have done a pretty good job of keeping up with my normal beauty routine since the baby was born. I still dry my hair every day, put on my makeup, pluck my eyebrows, iron my clothes, and apply all of my lotions and potions. However, there is one part of my beauty routine that has taken a nose dive. Painting my nails.

Painting your nails with an infant at home is near impossible. I don't need to explain why I can't paint them while she is awake. I think we all know that is just a physically impossible task to accomplish. But even when she is napping, it is quite difficult. Painting your nails is a fairly quick process, but it takes a good 45 minutes for them to fully dry so you don't get any goopy smudges on them (or on a baby). Even the "Quick Dry" polishes need at least a half hour to dry. I don't care if it says "60 seconds" on the bottle, that is a lie and false advertising. If I believed that it took only 60 seconds for my polish to dry, I'd have evidence of hot pink polish on almost everything in my house.

Anyway, I can't paint my nails while she's napping because of two reasons:

1. I have 80 other things that I need to squeeze into that hour and a half napping break.
2. I can't take the risk that she will wake up mid-painting session and end up with a nail polish covered baby.

I usually find time on the weekend or a Friday night to paint my nails when my husband is home. But by Tuesday, they start to look shabby. And by Thursday, I look a 14 year old who has picked off half the nail polish on her nails during math class. So if you run into me mid-week, please excuse the chipped nails, I have a 6 month old.


  1. I was never much for painting my nails but the rest of my beauty routine got a knock when my son was born. Thankfully they grow and you get some of your time back.

    Stopping by from SITS to welcome you!

    Cheers :-)
    - CoconutPalmDesigns

  2. Loving your blog!! I have three kids and thankfully I learned this trick when my first was little - stick your freshly painted nails either in the back of the freezer or by a fan. They'll set in less than 10 and your baby will have no idea. ;)

  3. Heh! I've been wearing the same toe-nail polish for the last six weeks, and I STILL dare wear peep-toe sandals. I'm just bold like that (or gross, depending on how you look at it.) My son is two, so I could find ways of entertaining him if I wanted to actually take care of myself.

    Maybe I should say "excuse the chipped toe nails, I don't have a 6 month old, but I am a slob!" :)

  4. I completely feel your pain! My nail polish always somehow manages to chip by the second day and it drives me up the wall. This has caused me to use just clear nail polish many times over the past 5 years. Very frustrating!

    I found you through The Mom Blogs under the NJ category. I love you blog and am now following you as I have to support another Jersey girl! Keep up the good work and hang in there. I'll be visiting again. :)