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I’ve talked about how different being a Mom is for me the third time around.
I am nowhere near perfect, but I enjoy every moment with Skye. They aren’t all fun, but even the not-so-fun things don’t seem nearly as earth shattering as they did when the boys were small.
I’ve given up on the idea of perfection and instead just want to enjoy every sweet moment I can.
It’s not that I never get frustrated.
I had visions when I found out I was having a girl of this little princess who looked perfect all the time.
It is silly because that was never me.
I loved my dolls, but my parents joke that I’d be playing dolls one minute and scaring the crap out of them because I’d gone outside and climbed a tree. Inevitably I would come in covered in dirt.
I was dirty a lot!
My little girl is so her Mama.
Sure, she’s a total cutie. She loves stickers, tea parties, and stuffed animals. She squealed in the store last week when she saw a Barbie for the first time.
But she has a way of making really big messes, usually on herself.
Case in point: Last week we were all set to go, and she found a marker and drew a black dot on her nose so she would look like Minnie Mouse. Mercifully it was washable and not a sharpie.
With the boys, I would have gotten stressed out. I might have even yelled, something I would have felt terrible for later. Instead, I busted out laughing. I had to try to control myself so I wouldn’t send the wrong message that drawing on ourselves makes Mom happy.
We have so many plans for the end of this year, starting with a 13-hour trip to the beach. Surveying the holidays with a toddler in tow isn’t always easy.
It will test your patience.
Ultimately, how you deal with things is going to go a long way at determining your entire families reality. It is hard to remember when you’ve got a screaming two-year-old, but what you give energy to grows. I think as moms we sometimes underestimate just how much control we have over how our family experiences things.
There are a lot of things that you can do not just survive the holiday season, but also thrive.
One thing I’ve found that make everything better is being prepared. Especially when I’m on the go.
I love the Huggies Clutch’n Clean wipes, which I picked up at CVS. We’ve been using Huggies forever. They are dermatologically tested and the #1 Branded Choice of Moms.
I keep one in the car, one in my purse and another in the house, so I’m always prepared for a Skye -mess.
Like when she was supposed to be painting with Grandma and decides to paint Grandma’s porch and herself. Or when she dumped a bottle of bubbles and then was upset when she is sticky.
My personal favorite? When she took her red paint and painted her toenails to match mine. (True story.)
I love how the Clutch’n Clean wipes allow me to travel light and look stylish on the go. We are a phase where carting a full diaper bag in everywhere we go isn’t always necessary. (As long as I have clothes in the car.) But wipes are non-negotiable!
I’ll be keeping these handy all holiday season – from travel to shopping and special events.
Other Ways to Survive the Holidays with a Toddler
- Keep small containers with snacks in your car. Just because your toddler ate 15 minutes ago doesn’t mean they won’t want to eat again.
- Don’t forget to pack at least two extra changes of clothes to keep in the car. Always plan for a back up for a special occasion so that if your little one needs a change you aren’t frustrated every time you look at them and see them in an outfit that isn’t fitting for the event.
- Plan ahead to keep your little one busy. Just because you enjoy the party doesn’t mean they will. It’s OK to bring in small toys that won’t make messes when they start to get restless. I’m planning on creating a notebook like this one for Skye to keep her busy while the grown ups are socializing and while we are traveling.
- Plan to be early. Don’t worry. You won’t be. Your toddler will slow you down.
- Expect fits. It doesn’t mean you have to embrace them, but high emotions are just part of being a toddler. The only thing that makes it worse is when you lose your cool too. Do what you can to soothe them but don’t take the fit personally. It is a phase, not a reflection of your parenting. It is normal to feel a little embarrassed when you are THE ONE with the screaming child. But don’t let it spoil the event for your or the rest of your family.
What are your strategies for enjoying the holidays with your baby or toddler?
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