Oooh, I am new to these forums but I want to jump in here and play! I'll confess and humble myself here, I have a little bit of 50's house frau in me. Just a little I swear!
I need to bathe/groom and have a little me time in the mornings or I'm no good to anyone the rest of the day. (Some mornings my hubby will join me in the shower so bonus!) I consider it my cup of coffee. During the times when I've had a baby attached to me, I just see it as a bonus that the baby got an early bath/shower too. My daily uniform is usually jeans and some sort of soft long sleeve tee or sweater with some ease for nursing access. I make my own aprons, with lots of handy pockets and find them essential and I love wearing big fluffy bunny or cat slippers, but I always try to remember to take them off when I leave the house, lest I have a mortified child. My hair is long and rather wavy (ie unruly) so I need to do something with it or it drives me batty. So that means its usually pulled back or to the side with a pony tail. I wear makeup but I really heart makeup, so I love to take a few minutes to put it on and to try out new colors. Perfumed lotion and some earrings and my wedding set. As I'm typing this I cringe as I sound really high maintenance but I'm really not. I've gotten my morning down to a really precise and quick routine. I try to be ready in the morning, so when I am off to run errands or head to the park or if I am needed at school, I can just swap out shoes for the slippers, coat for the apron, grab my bag and go. The little bit of organization and time management in the morning really helps me all day long.
So thats essentially how I look when my darling hubs gets home. He gives me a call when hes leaving his office to ask if I need anything from the store or if there are any errands he can run for me so I get a little heads up. I'll admit I'll take a moment to freshen up. Touch up the hair and makeup and make sure I am generally smelling good. I let the children know Daddy's on his way home and we have a meal time policy that faces and hands are washed and hair is out of our face, so they usually take this as their cue to smarten up. The mud room is right off the kitchen and so I'm usually there tending to dinner when he gets home, so I don't have far to go to greet him with a big fat hug, smooch and a "I missed you!" Then the two of us get hit by the children as they pile into a big family hug "Daddy's home!" and a mush of little voices wanting to tell him all about their day. Yes, we are a big family of sappy dorks.
I absolutely love this part of the day. I adore my husband and the children adore their father. Seeing him beam and just visibly *relax* when he walks in the door and sees us all just makes my day.