22 Signs You Have a Toddler Living Under Your Roof

I love being a mom.  It’s hard, rewarding, loving, stressful and worth every minute of it.  However, there are times when I think about my life and wonder what the heck happened to it (in the best way possible). It seems like overnight I now have this spirited toddler running the show at my house!  I truly think this is the best age because we can communicate more with each other and I feel our relationship blossoms more everyday. toddlerhouse


These are the true signs you have young toddler (in no particular order):

  • You never have clean clothes because the minute you put on something clean, it’s immediately dirtied again by dirty little fingers (or mouths).
  • You have outlet plugs, gates across stairs, random pillows thrown again sharp edges, a blanket covering your fireplace and cupboard locks restricting access.
  • You have fingerprints all over EVERYTHING and don’t care to clean them up because there is no point.
  • Your towel drawer is no longer folded because they get thrown out about 50 times a day.
  • Children’s books are also thrown on the floor because it’s really fun and when you try to put them back, it happens all over.
  • You can recite the bedtime story with your eyes closed.
  • You have never been more physically exhausted and crash during nap time.
  • You have to coerce a human being to not throw food on the floor to the dog.
  • You have to explain why tossing the dog dish over is not a good idea.
  • “No no” or “uh oh” are the most used phrases in your house.
  • Beige food is becoming normal – oatmeal, chicken nuggets, bananas, animal crackers, applesauce, potatoes, bread, etc.
  • There are crumbs. Everywhere.
  • Babbling is the cutest voice you’ve ever heard and you learn to have conversations with it.
  • You know all the characters on “Dora the Explorer.”
  • You never leave the house without lots of snacks.
  • You have someone other than your husband enthralled with your boobs if you’re still breastfeeding.
  • Your laundry is never-ending.
  • You think back and wonder why you thought the infant stage was so hard.
  • Your hair has more fly-aways than you though was possible due to your child pulling on it all.the.time.
  • Your heart is more filled with love than you thought was imaginable.
  • You clap because your child learned something new at least 50 times per day.
  • You realize how fast time flies and forget everything above, smile, kiss your baby and try harder to be the best mom possible.

Toddlerhood tests patience for sure, but I feel so lucky to get to embrace this journey with Aiden and cherish every day of it.


What would you add to the list?

What’s different at your house with your toddler?

7 Responses to 22 Signs You Have a Toddler Living Under Your Roof

  1. hahaha, precisely!

    I’d add…
    you’ve got toys shoved in places where decorative odds and ends use to go.
    you have to stop your toddler from being too good of a sharer with snacks and the dogs. (She doesn’t throw food from the high chair to them, but if I give her a bit of something or a raisin…man she goes right off to see if the pups want a lick, and then she finishes it off. ugh)

  2. Totally agree even though mine is only 11 months he does all this. I laughed so hard at the towel drawer part. Same here! I definitely just shove them back in the drawer.

    I would add that we get wet, sloppy kisses but they are amazing and melt your heart.

  3. Oh gosh this is all true! My son is 3 and it’s still going on. I’ve learned to (mostly) embrace the chaos. I always tell people “I dreamed of having a house that looked like it belongs in a pottery barn catalog. I got toys r us instead!” 🙂 and yet we will miss these days terribly when they are gone! Cute post!

    Katie @ Being Dawson’s Mom

    • Haha that’s funny about the house! I would have to agree. I’ve come to terms that my house is going to have fingerprints and messes everywhere and that’s okay. There is no way to stay on top of it. Thanks for reading!

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