13 Ways to Know You’re a Mom to a Toddler

  1.  Cleaning the house requires silly dances, loud singing, and sometimes colorful costumes.  The more entertaining the ‘show’, the longer you’ll be ‘allowed’ to clean.

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2.  Forget ‘America runs on Dunkin’.  YOU run on Dunkin.

No, seriously, you do.

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3.  You wake up in the morning and realize that you and your husband slept with a giant stuffed bear at the end of your bed.

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4.  After putting your little one down for an afternoon nap, you crawl back into bed to recreate the ‘bear at the end of your bed’ scene so that you can take a picture…and you totally fall asleep.

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5.  Successfully convincing a tiny human to wear pants feels like a lottery win.

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6.  You sit on the floor to see what dangers exist at eye level (or anywhere above, below, or between).

You realize there are a LOT of dangers.  You Google the possibility of bubble-wrapping the inside of your house.

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7.  You read four books in one week!  And – among other things – you learn that you’re not a cow, pigs don’t sing ‘La La La’, you don’t want to visit Belly Button Beach, and Llamas wear red pajamas.  Unfortunately there is nothing about the pro’s and cons of bubble-wrapping a home.

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8.  Your living room floor is a land mine waiting for unsuspecting feet to pass through in the night.

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9.  Your workout consisted of pushing a car.  You choose to focus on how many laps you did as apposed to the fact that you were munching on chocolate while doing it.

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10.  Your decorating style is Modern with a ‘Touch of Baby’.

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11.  Your sliding glass doors look like this.  (No further description needed).

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12. You would risk life and limb to save a little stuffed animal named ‘Lovey’.

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13.  You have never been more unorganized, stretched thin, exhausted, overwhelmed… AND unbelievably, unexplainably, unconditionally happy and in love.

 

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11 thoughts on “13 Ways to Know You’re a Mom to a Toddler”

  1. I absolutely relate to this list! But especially to the sense of achievement after making my little girl wear her pants after a diaper change! Oh the joys of motherhood…

    1. Exhausting, for sure! But I’m finding that life is settling into more of a routine. (Also, my Type A personality is relaxing a bit, and I think that I’m letting the small stuff bother me less). 😉 That’s not to say that I don’t have rough days, but I’m finding life with a toddler to be easier than it was with a newborn! (Not that I didn’t love the newborn stage too… Ha, ha. But you know what I mean)! 🙂

  2. Brady got a Cozy Coupe for Christmas?! Jealous! My Mom is just waiting for the day when she can get her grandson one. (We had one as kids and it was a huge hit). Does Brady love it??

    Being Type A, how do you handle messes? Toddlers always have dirty hands! (Actually that’s probably more like ages 12 months through 8 years).

    1. YES, Brady absolutely adores his Cozy Coupe. My mom was the same way. She has been eagerly awaiting the day she could buy Brady one, and – this Christmas – she and my dad bought one for Brady. He adores it, and I have been pushing him around the house in it constantly. 🙂
      Honestly, the messes used to FREAK me out and leave me unbelievably stressed. That’s one way that I’ve changed this year… I can live with the messes now. (As long as it’s just baby things, toys, and laundry. Dirty dishes still stress me out, and I can’t go to sleep until that’s all taken care of). Also, although I can ignore messes now and focus on taking care of Brady, I still majorly stress over it if someone comes over. I clean if I know a visitor is coming. And if someone shows up unannounced, I’ll worry about the state of my house for about a week, wondering what they must think. Sooooo, I guess I’m not ‘there’ yet, but – at the same time – I’m okay with wanting a clean home. I don’t want to go too overboard with being okay with a mess, because it is important (in my opinion) to teach your children organization and cleanliness. At the same time, it’s more important to me to spend quality time with Brady then to make sure my house is spotless. 🙂

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