10 Steps to Getting Ready (with a toddler)
We all know that once our precious little angels begin to crawl and walk there is no stopping them. All of the sudden you are screaming “Grab the baby gates!” and “Did you shut the toilet lid?” because you never know what (seemingly) harmless household object they will get into next. When you turn your back for a second they have unraveled four paper towel rolls, squeezed out an entire tube of diaper rash cream, and poured out a box of cheerios on the floor. Keeping your toddler in check and being a functioning member of society can be a challenge. Sometimes we wish that parenting came with a manual, especially one that tells us how to wrangle a two year old with the ability to demolish a living room in under two minutes. With this in mind I have compiled a list of 10 easy steps for getting ready for your day when you have a toddler in your life.
- Decide what your plan for the day is. Do you need to leave the house? Will you be having any visitors today? Then, yes you need to put pants on. And a bra, maybe.
- Realize that you haven’t showered in about three days and even the dog doesn’t want to come near you anymore.
- Try (unsuccessfully) to get your little one to take a nap so that you can enjoy the peace and quiet of a warm shower.
- Check the time and notice that you now only have 30 minutes to get ready or you will be late.
- Consider going back to bed instead.
- Say “Let’s get a shower with Mommy!” in an attempt to get clean somehow.
- Stand under the water for five minutes while your toddler tries to climb up your legs and screams for “boobies!”
- Attempt to put on clothes until you notice said toddler pooping on your white carpet. Then, try to remain calm when they step in it.
- After cleaning up poop, chasing your little naked monster around the house, and wrangling them into a diaper throw on the first thing you see that doesn’t stink.
- Decide that everything can wait and put off leaving the house until tomorrow
Life with a toddler can be crazy, but it’s also precious. Live it up and don’t forget to laugh.