I have been realizing more and more, there are several alarmingly real, and often truly gross, occupational hazards of being a Stay At Home Mom. I am sure as my boy gets older, the list will evolve and grow, as he does. But the list for the parent of a toddler is pretty robust, to say the least. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, this is the toughest job in the world….and not for the faint of heart. I’m sure everyone’s list has variations…but here’s my top 10.
# 1. You will get sick. Be it the cold your LO got from this week’s play date or the stomach bug that flew through the entire story time group….you will come down with whatever your LO gets. It’s just the way it goes.
# 2. You will wear your toddler’s food on occasion. Whether it splatters by mistake or your LO decides it would look better on your shirt than on his spoon…you will wear it.
# 3. You will become disconnected from your friends without children. It doesn’t mean it’s forever. But it just happens. When you find yourself with a free moment, you’ll realize that you couldn’t possibly call them right now, as it’s only 5 am where they live.
# 4. You will be tired. You will fall in love with bed. Sleep becomes the highest priority after taking care of your LO. You will dream of sleep while you are sleeping.
# 5. You will get thrown up on. It’s not pretty. Nor does it smell nice.
# 6. You will get poop on some part of you or your apparel. Whether it be a leaky diaper, or a diaper change gone wrong, it will happen. If you are lucky enough to have a boy….you will, at least once, get pee in your face. Again, not pretty nor fresh smelling.
# 7. Your nice things will not remain nice. Your brand new carpet will get soiled and your $4000 couch will become a Kleenex for your toddler’s runny nose. It’s just stuff. Get a good protection plan.
# 8. Everything you say will be repeated. Everything. Choose your words carefully. Oh, shit!
# 9. You will feel like you are failing. Often. Rest assured, if you care that you are, then you most likely are not.
#10. You will not be prepared for the amount of love you possess for your child. Nor will you imagine how it keeps growing exponentially. It often takes your breath away. Get an inhaler.
Until next time, keep smiling, keep fighting the good fight, and remember, behind every great kid is a mom who is pretty sure she is screwing it up. Thanks for reading! Xo