For those of you who are wanting a child, about to have a child, or your child is under one year old…here are some things I’ve learned about doing life with a 1 year old.
- Your house will never be spotless ever again.
From food stains on the floor, pee on the bathroom carpet (don’t even ask), towels pulled out from the closet, toys scattered in every corner of every room in your house…you name it, it will be a disaster. There is literally nothing you can do about it. It’s something we like to call —–> Hurricane Charlie.
Bottom line – be ok with the fact that your house is a disaster 99% of the time. The person who is doing it would make life less fun if they weren’t around!
2. Your weekly laundry routine will turn into a daily laundry routine.
Yeah, their clothes will look as if they had washed their clothes with dirt and rocks within the first 5 hours of the day. Moral of this story – FORGET ABOUT BUYING NEW CLOTHES! Hand-me-downs will be your best friend.
3. Your food is not your food anymore..it’s their food. And they’ll scream at you until they eat everything on your plate
I literally cannot walk into the kitchen and open a granola bar without Charlie bolting into the room yelling ‘mama maaaaa’ which of course in Charlienglish means “Give me all your food now!” Moral of this story? I don’t even know. There is no solution for this one.
4. Allowing your child to sleep in your bed when they refuse to sleep in theirs will cause some series sleep issues for you.
There is something Erik and I like to call ‘Starfishing.’ This is a term we use when Charlie decides she wants to sleep in our room at 4am and lays in our bed as though she were a giant star fish. And this particular star fish will kick you in the gut and punch you in the face if you get too close to her while she sleeps. This normally results in Erik moving to the couch. As you can see above..’Starfishing’ began at a very early stage with our daughter.
5. He/She will put a smile on your face every day.
Though there are moments that make you want to scream, your 1 year old is/will be an absolute joy in your life. Don’t forget to take time to embrace these moments you have with your 1 year old. Before you know it…They’ll be having a 1 year old in their home. And you get to share all the fun, gross and crazy memories you have of them at that age. 🙂