7 Signs You’re the Mom of a Toddler

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Being the mom of toddlers is no joke. It will test your patience, while simultaneously filling your heart with pride, joy and a love you couldn’t possibly have imagined.

I am a mom of three, two of which are twins in the thick of the toddler years. I don’t recall it being so hard the first time around through the 2’s and 3’s; perhaps there is truth to that “mommy-brain” theory.

Once you enter the toddler years, you start to realize a few resounding truths, some of which I’ve compiled here – the 7 Signs You’re the Mom of a Toddler (or, in my case, two toddlers)…

Side note: I will take survival donations of chocolate and wine… please and thank you.

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You have the tiny remnants of goldfish crackers permanently embedded in your carpet … or the bottom of your handbag. 

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The Doc McStuffins’ “Time for a Checkup” song is on your home hit list instead of top 40. 

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You find yourself saying, “Do you want to go pee, pee?” or “Please, let’s go sit on the potty” or “Don’t pooh-pooh on Minnie – she wouldn’t like that, pooh-pooh in the potty”, all the while wondering why you didn’t just give into the pull-ups because cleaning pooh out of panties sucks. Potty training in general = no fun.  

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You have discovered the many uses of baby wipes outside of the obvious – like wiping your car console clean of drippy coffee stains. 

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A broken record isn’t a busted up 40 with your favorite song from childhood but your kid who will not stop saying the same gosh-darn-thing over and over and over again until you give into their every whim. “Mommy, a goldfish. Mommy … goldfish. Mooommmmmy A GOOOOLDFISH!” 

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You find yourself wondering why you thought the infant phase was so hard when truly, it’s the 2’s and 3’s that are going to do you in. 

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You gaze at your energetic, spirit-filled little person, wondering where they will end up as they grow into the person they are meant to be, and it inspires you to be better, work harder and dig deeper to get through this most trying phase… the toddler years. What would you add to this list? 

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7 Signs You’re the Mom of a Toddler

Nicole Hempeck is a Mom to three little girls (two of which are twins) and a Military Spouse. When she's not wrangling her children or dealing with deployments she's writing at her own little place in the blogosphere, Moments that Define Life. Nicole has a slight addiction to coffee, loves a glass of red wine at the end of a long day (truth be told she won't turn down a white either) and pretty shoes take her to her happy place along with the snuggles of her 7 year-old and 3 year-old twins. Oh y ... More

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  1. Profile photo of Amanda Amanda says:

    The only 3 words you hear all day everyday is Why, What and Because

  2. Profile photo of amanda scott amanda scott says:

    The picture of the baby with the wipes. It reminds me that there are always wipes every where in my house. The kids love to get into it and just pull as many as they can out of it. I have 2 two-year-old girls that also love to help change each other.

  3. Profile photo of Deanna Deanna says:

    And I’m tired because my oldest will be 13 on April 21, middle daughter will be 10 on April 28 and my youngest just turned 3 on March 18. I own a plumbing company and my office is at home and I work full time and sometimes weekends too. The oldest are in girlscouts, softball and soccer. Plus I couldn’t afford to keep my 3 year old in daycare, so I work and take care of her at the same time. So tired is exactly what I am! I need a massage and a vacation!!!

  4. Profile photo of Kristina Kristina says:

    They missed Sign # 8 – How moms wonder where the toddlers get the energy to ask "Why?" over 400 times a day?

  5. i’m tired just reading this lol

  6. Profile photo of melissa melissa says:

    I have 2 boys…a 2 year old and a 10 month old! My oldest is just now finding out exactly what no means! While I’m getting into verbal fights with my son to get him to do anything and all he screams at me is NO! I I find myself asking myself,"Why am I fighting with a 2 year old!" But then I came to realize 2 year olds are the masters of manipulation! He gets whatever he wants just by having tantrums and screaming at me and crying and looking at me with those eyes! I am very much a new mother and sometimes I find it very overwhelming and very stressful most of the time…But when theyre sleeping so peacefully I realize that I mean the world to them and as they do me I have to do whatever it takes to raise them right! lol Anyone else have a problem with a manipulative 2 year old?!?!

  7. Profile photo of candy candy says:

    I can relate to this article. I’m a mom of three children, a 4, 3, and a 6 month old baby. Some of my days i dont even know how i go by with all these demands but i love it. Wouldn’t have it another way. I love my children and how much they make me smile….

  8. Profile photo of PakaLolo PakaLolo says:

    I am a mother of 5 children! 7, 6 , 4yr old twin girls (soon to be 5) and an 11mo. Old. And I came to a startling reality a few yrs ago when they were all tromping through different stages of toddlerism tthat When u have 4 sponges asking 100 questions within 2minutes about everything….u realize…."wow, I don’t know as much as I thought I did! "So now instead of repeating "I have no idea honey" 50 times, I now reply " idk honey….let’s Google it!" It may be trying at times but I now thoroughly enjoy the learning opportunity and experience. It’s quality time that benefits all!

  9. Profile photo of Roxanne Roxanne says:

    I couldn’t agree more. I have 2 boys myself buttttttt there’s a huge age gap between the 2 of them 20months n 9yrs. All the little one wants to do is be by the oldest one n all the oldest one wants is to b left alone by the little one!!! But it’s come to the point where I don’t even clean the dang house anymore due to the little one destroying the house within 10mins I have nutria grain bars embedded into my carpet, crumbs in my bed n the list goes on. I thought having another child would b like ridding a bike all over again n this time with no training wheels man was I wrong.

  10. Profile photo of Bob Bob says:

    I love the story and can identify with several of the seven signs. It’s reassuring to know that my 3-year-olds are pretty typical. My only suggestion would be to make the title of the article a bit less sexist. I realize that the title is tongue-in-cheek, but my wife and I both deal with these issues.

  11. Profile photo of Jessica Jessica says:

    Its so weird when you find someone whose story is so close to your own. I have two boys 16 months and 2 1/2. I also have another on the way very soon and my husband is in boot camp.


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