Last week, I was making dinner, talking to my husband on the phone and trying to prevent my daughter from dragging a stool over to the stove so she could “help” when my 2.5 year old son came up and told me his tummy hurt. I assumed he was hungry since it was close to dinner time, but almost as soon as the words “It’s almost dinnertime” were out of my mouth, the poor kid emptied his stomach all over the floor. After a hasty good-bye to my husband, I walked my little boy quickly and carefully to the bathroom where he got a bath and told me he felt much better.
I was thinking back on this moment later that night and realized that it hardly even phased me. I’ve been a parent for almost 5 years and dealt with plenty of instances that were less than pleasant. My kids have dumped entire boxes of cereal all over the floor. I’ve showered with an audience peering through the glass door. I could go on and on. But I’ve found that the times I try to deal with these things using humor, I’m much happier.
As I thought about this, I decided to post an open ended question on Facebook to see what kind of responses I would get. The question?
“You know you’re a mom when…”
I got some pretty funny and completely relateable answers and I was laughing as I read them to myself. Even today I can’t help but smile.
11. You tell people you need to go “potty” instead of saying you need to use the bathroom. (Caroline)
12. Working out is the most relaxing part of your day. (Christy)
13. You can clean your whole house with baby wipes. (Shani)
14. All your shirts have stains or food on them and none of it is yours. (Rebecca)
15. You are a pro at negotiating and a trip to WalMart by yourself is a break. (Jacqueline)
16. You drive a minivan. Also…your diaper bag becomes your purse. (Jessica)
17. Bodily fluids no longer gross you out–they are just standard fare. (Natalia)
18. You do shower, but you always have a little “guest”. (Melissa)
19. You have to tell someone they aren’t an animal and not to pee outside. (Megan)
20. You feel relieved when you figure out it’s barf on your clothes instead of poop. (Jacinda)
Share how you would end the sentence: “You know you’re a mom when…”. I’d love to hear it and share a laugh with you!