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Toddler Tuesday: Mom confessions

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A friend of mine recently did a post called, “Confessions of a Toddler Mom” and I just loved it so much, I’m totally stealing her idea for today.  I’ll be he first to admit I’m far from a perfect mother…

I don’t always (OK, hardly ever) use the safety strap on shopping carts. Or changing tables. And not always on the stroller, either.

Meet one of my son’s milk cups.

Speaking of beverage containers, I use my “cleansing bottle” I came home with from the hospital as his water bottle. Moms who’ve given birth the “traditional way” know what I’m talking about.

I make people uncomfortable by taking my son to watch them work outside at close range, just standing there and staring. Because he loves it.

I let our dog do the first rinse on his hands after a meal.

I also never wash the windows.

I let him make loud sounds at Petsmart and in public restrooms so he can hear his voice echo. I may even make the same sounds back at him sometimes. (All the time.)

I get annoyed when his nap doesn’t last at least an hour.

But when it lasts longer, I get anxious waiting to see his face again and catch myself continuously glancing at the clock.

When I need a break, I send him outside to play with Jessie.  If he’s content for more than five minutes, I generally find him smeared in poop or covered in dirt, but it’s totally worth it.

I have plotted evil things against the ice cream man, tree trimmers, neighbors, and relatives, for making noise during nap time.

I have done the following to get him to eat: let him run around free with it (i.e. food smears & crumbs everywhere), bribed him with sweets to get him to try something new, and shoved food into his mouth while he was screaming and crying.

On hard days I count down the minutes…and seconds…until bed time.

I’ve attempted to use the TV as a babysitter.  And really wished it had worked.

I let him jump on the bed, climb, explore, and destroy far more than I planned to.

I don’t feed him organic very often, and I use don’t eschew sugar.

I still hold him like a baby before nap and bedtime, and give him a sippy cup of milk just like I used to do with his bottle. I can’t. stop.

And sometimes (a lot of times), I just embrace the mess.

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About Veronica

I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

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  1. I’m with you 100% I too have done that but in the end it’s all worth while for they will grow up so quickly that before you know it there won’t be toys scattered all over the place. Or a little face to clean up. You know what always put a smile to my face it’s when according to me I have finished cleaning everything up and suddenly I find a little car or other small toy laying around to surprise me. I guess it’s just a reminder to let me know I should just slow down and enjoy my little boy for he will become a young man before I know it. Many blessing to you and your family.

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  2. V, let me know when you’ve said something to him that you hope to High Heaven that he doesn’t repeat outside of the house. For example Casey once told someone “I’m an excellent baby bather, to make my baby pee I just hold her under the water until the bubbles stop” And things like that never end, just last week at Girl Scouts she played “Would You Rather?”, her question was sleep in a tree or under the car, to which she replied ” I wouldn’t want to sleep under the car, my Dad might decide to go to the bar, he might drink beer and forget to take me home”…..I look forward to hearing all of the horribly hilarious things you’re little man comes up with! Enjoy the mess, he won’t remember the mess, he’ll remember that you always had time for him, a warm hug, and a smile.

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  3. As a mother of 4, grandmother of 6 and great-grandmother of 3, it sounds to me like you’re doing everything right. You sound like the perfect mother.

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  4. thebetterbaker11

    And you have great photos to back up your ‘claims’ so we know you weren’t just making things up – haha. I agree with the comment before mine…and have to say I wish I had been more relaxed as a mom as you are. Good job mom…keep doing what you’re doing! If things won’t matter five years from now…it sure can’t count against you today. =) I think it’s AWESOME that you’re taking time to enjoy the growing babe’s childhood. Hugs! XO

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  5. I don’t use the safety straps much either. Although last week, he slid through the bottom of his stroller so I’m more attentive to that now. I co-sleep although I swore I wouldn’t and every time I think about stopping, I think “Just one more night of snuggles and then I’ll start.” I think a cookie is part of a balanced diet. We gotta do what we gotta do and I’ve resolved to not worry and just enjoy. PS. I also had a “cleaning bottle” even with a C section but I don’t think they let me keep it???!

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  6. I’m late in commentng as I’m just now going through vacation emails. I’m with you almost 100 percent on those. Not digging the smeared with poop thing but we don’t have a dog either.

    You may not see it now but be glad that he isn’t into the television. Keep him away from electronics as long as possible. Keep his mind active with out tv if you can do it!! You’re a great mama and it’s so apparent that he is your whole world, as he should be. :-)

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