Every day is a new adventure when you’re a mom of little kids. My husband and I had 3 kids within 19 months, so I know firsthand the mass chaos, laughs, and struggles involved in having a house full of young children.
While every mom’s journey is different, here are some signs you’re definitely a mom of young kids:
Getting dressed up means changing out of your yoga pants.
You discover you love yoga wear, even though you haven’t made time for yoga in months. When you’re a mom of little kids, you love to wear yoga clothes pretty much every single day. Changing out of your yoga pants into something else – like jeans – is definitely considered dressing up when you’re a mom of young kids.
You have experienced the severe pain of stepping on a Lego.
You’ve cursed a time or two when they’ve been embedded into your foot.
You always have visitors in the bathroom.
If you really want your young kids’ attention, talk on your phone or go to the bathroom. I guarantee they will give you your undivided attention when you do those things. You’ll have a little friend who plays next to you at the bathroom counter, like this little guy:
Even if you lock the bathroom door for 30 seconds to eat dessert in peace and quiet, their little hands will come under the door and they’ll be begging for you to come out.
You secretly love your minivan.
You swore you’d never own one, but now you’re in love with yours.
Cleaning your windows could be a full-time job.
For some reason, kids are naturally drawn to sucking on glass windows and doors. If you have little kids, I guarantee you have seen this at your home:
I’m not quite sure what entices kids to lick windows, or what keeps them coming back for more. Once they discover this maneuver, they’ll be daily visitors to the glass.
You are gradually accumulating little critters as pets.
It starts with a little cage for cool bugs, and progresses to fish, frogs and toads, hamsters and guinea pigs. Or, you skip all the little critters and get a kitty or puppy.
You have a never-ending ‘to-do’ list.
You are the queen of multi-tasking, and have become incredibly efficient, but you still have a never-ending list of things to do.
You feel like this in the morning…
You feel strong, capable, and ready to take on the world!
…and this by bedtime routine.
You’re absolutely exhausted.
You live in a time warp. You wonder how bedtime routine lasts forever yet the months and years are seriously flying by.
Seriously, how does that work?
A trip to Target alone feels like a mini-vacation.
If you haven’t felt like walking the aisles in Target alone is like a vacation, just wait – you will.
You get paid in snuggles and “I love yous.”
When you’re a mom of young kids, you know there’s no better feeling than their snuggles and their little arms wrapped around your neck. And at the end of the long day, the best sound is to hear their sweet little voices say, “Mommy, I love you.”
Being a mom of little kids is a tough job, but so awesome – and if you feel like I do, I bet you wouldn’t trade it for the world. As crazy and chaotic as life with young kids is, it’s so much fun experiencing the daily adventures of motherhood. It really does go by quickly, and someday we’ll all look back at these sleepless, exhausting times and wish they hadn’t flown by so fast.
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