We all love our kids, but the toddler is stage is the one we dreaded a little because we were warned! Here is a list for all of us who have a toddler now or had one at one time.
10) Peace and Quiet is NOT a Good Thing
Before children you used to relish a quiet house, now if it’s quiet for longer than a few seconds you have to investigate to make sure your child is still alive and not doing something stupid.
9) Phone Calls are No Longer an Alone Activity
I now put most phone calls on hold until after J’s bedtime because for some reason whenever I’m talking on the phone he thinks it’s the perfect time to yell a conversation into my ear. Seeing me talk to someone besides him turns into “MMMOOOOMMMM!!!!” being bellowed into the phone.
8) Chaos Doesn’t Faze You
I can walk into my room and see toys all over the floor, pillows and blankets flung everywhere and the poor dog just trying to find an empty place to lay down and I don’t bat an eye. Before my son could walk I had everything in its perfect place. That stopped after I got tired of putting everything back thirty times a day.
7) You Become Amazed at How Quick They Learn
One day you have an infant who just sits like a blob and the next thing you know you walk into the room and your child is standing on the couch with their shirt off halfway to doing a swan dive onto the hardwood floor. You learn very quick that kids are way smarter than you give them credit for.
6) You Become Craftier
Once you realize that kids are little mini geniuses and figure out all your little plans, you plan around them. My son figured out how to take his clothes off just so he could strip his diaper off. The zip up jammies stopped working so what’s next? Duct tape or zipping him into clothes backwards. Your move kid, your move.
5) You Say Odd Phrases
Never in my life did I think that “Don’t stick your finger in the dogs butt!” would be a commonly said phrase in my house. Or “If you’re going to pee on the floor, can you at least aim for the hardwood and not the carpet?”
4) All You Want to Do is Sit Down
After chasing around a 2 foot Tasmanian devil around all day, bedtime is the sacred time. Once that child is in bed you will tiptoe on fluffed pillows and wrap the doors in sound proof material if it means that they stay asleep and you don’t have to get up for at least an hour. During a temper tantrum on the other hand, all you want to do is lock yourself in a closet with chocolate and a bottle of wine while pretending you aren’t home.
3) The Love/Indifference
One second your child is playing with toys, the next they are running up to you for a big hug and as soon as the moment happens it’s gone again and they are back off playing. You find yourself wondering if that will still happen when they get older or if you are slowly getting limited hugs.
2) Bodily Functions Don’t Disgust You Anymore
Farts, poop, pee, boogers, vomit. They don’t bother you anymore. As long as they are coming from your kid. Everyone else is still just as disgusting.
1) Realizing the Truth
You hear everyone say to “enjoy the time because it goes by quick” and while you are holding a screaming infant you think they are nuts but you realize that they were right. It was just yesterday that you had this little baby who needed you for EVERYTHING and now you are watching that same baby grow up and want to be their own little person.
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