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.
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?