Our 100th post! It seems like it took forever to get this far. It has been popular among bloggers to list 100 things about themselves for their 100th post. I did start to do that, but realized I was actually boring myself. So we wrote 100+ things that remind us what parenting is all about. Enjoy! We'd love to read what you would've added.
You know you are a parent when...
1. Your kids think your real name is Mom or Dad.
2. While ‘praying to the porcelain god’ all you can think is how you need to do a better job cleaning the toilet.
3. Shut-up and hate are bad words.
4. You’re jealous of how clean the houses are in your kid’s cartoon shows.
5. You’ve done all things you said you’d never do before you were a parent (i.e. lose your temper in public).
6. You know the theme songs to Dora the Explorer, Blues Clues, and other such kid shows.
7. Your Spanish is limited to what Dora or Isa the Iguana or Diego has taught you.
8. You never leave the house without your diaper bag.
9. Politically incorrect things that your kids say are funny and enlightening. (Like when your 4 yr. old observes that we’re all crackers or says “the black ones are still here” or is awed by a short big person ridding a little bike.)
10. Cereal is a blessing because it can be meal anytime of the day.
11. You are literally a cow.
12. You wonder each night when the tornado went through your house.
13. You leave the house forgetting that your two year old did your hair.
14. You let your kid wear his/her Halloween costume in public throughout the year.
15. You have tried to remove the dark circles under eyes with eye makeup remover thinking it was smeared makeup.
16. You feel 90 when your only 25.
17. You can’t wait for your pre-schooler’s first day of school, but cry after dropping him/her off.
18. You’ve combined the names of your children when calling for or yelling at them. ( i.e. Kathy + Maddie = Kaddie)
19. You set a place at the table for imaginary friends.
20. Dinners resemble art.
21. You don’t know what to do with yourself when you have free time.
22. You bought your children a toy with the simple premise that you would’ve loved to have that as a child.
23. You’ve said or done all the things your parents did or said that you swore you’d never do… in other words you’re just like your parents.
24. You understand and appreciate your parents more than ever.
25. You have blamed your child for something you did to avoid embarrassment. “Yeah, he dressed himself this morning.” Or “Next time we should be a little less messy when we eat.” Or “The baby ate my homework.”
26. You have used your child (born or unborn) as an excuse to get out of something. “Gotta go, I hear the baby crying!” “Can’t do it, I’m pregnant.”
27. You’ve plotted your child against each other. “Let’s go scare Mommy” or “Daddy I think we should go get ice cream”.
28. You only eat at McDonalds with Play lands.
29. Every picture you’ve taken of the kids is precious, even if out of focus.
30. You compare your baby pictures to your children’s.
31. You’re excited to share with them your childhood toys.
32. You think your kids are the smartest, cutest, best kids in the whole world.
33. You are addicted to your child’s laughter.
34. You give into, “Please just one more story!”
35. You keep a clean shirt handy when you have to run out the door or have unexpected company.
36. They know you by name at the ER.
37. You have to restrain yourself from giving in when what they want is what you would’ve wanted at their age.
38. Doing the dishes or folding laundry is a major accomplishment that day.
39. You bring home the new baby you can’t image what life was like without him/her. Like s/he was always meant to be here.
40. You act dumb when your child tells you something you already knew. “Wow, I didn’t know red and yellow make orange. You’re so smart!”
41. There are days that you don’t forget your birth control pill.
42. Everyone knows you’re pregnant before your husband.
43. Cuddling melts your heart.
44. You search and search for a kid that is in plain sight.
45. You’ve gotten really excited to tell a scary story and it was a little too scary.
46. You’ve fallen asleep nursing.
47. You’re stiff from actually getting a full nights sleep.
48. You’ve talked to your parents more now than you ever did living with them.
49. Your friends with someone because your kids are friends (and it’s a good thing!!)
50. You’re never in a single picture, because you’ve taken them all.
51. As a Dad you’re hoping the kids are still awake when you get home late and as a Mom you’re hoping they’re all in bed.
52. You’re the last one to get sick, but you get it the worst.
53. You don’t need a degree to be a Doctor.
54. You tag team a diaper change.
55. There is a direct relationship the number of kids you have and functioning of your brain.
56. (For LDS Parents) You have a countdown till nursery.
57. You realize your kids are smarter than you.
58. You purposely film embarrassing moments in your child’s life.
59. You live like a kid again (tea parties, cars, dinosaurs, house).
60. All you talk about are the kids on your date night.
61. You support your spouse, even if you disagree for your children’s sake.
62. It breaks your heart to see your child go through the pains of life.
63. You want to beat up a toddler for taking your kid’s toy and making him/her cry.
64. You never knew what unconditional love was until you had kids.
65. You’re kisses can heal owies and mend broken hearts. In other words, they’re magic!!
66. You use words that aren’t in the dictionary.
67. No matter how bad the day was, you count your children as blessings.
68. You want to show off your kids.
69. ‘Puppy dog eyes’ work.
70. You’ve gone grocery shopping in your jammies.
71. Bodily functions that once grossed you out are now a part of everyday life.
72. You’ve never felt so protective.
73. They cry and you want to hold them closer.
74. They cry and you want to pull your hair out.
75. Quite is a thing of the past.
76. You need a vacation from your vacation.
77. You have induced sleep on your child.
78. You have more fun shopping for kid’s clothes than your own.
79. ‘No’ is an overused word.
80. You can sit all day rocking a baby.
81. You cringe when your child imitates you.
82. You are honored when your child imitates you.
83. You make your child happy when you imitate him.
84. You need back surgery from giving horsey rides to a very happy little kiddo.
85. You never feel like you’re doing enough.
86. You shower and then put jammies on (and wear them for the rest of the day).
87. Your kids are involved in all things you wanted to do as a kid (dance, karate…)
88. You would give anything for your kids to be happy.
89. Seeing your newborn was worth the nine months of nausea and discomfort (or for the daddy: putting up with it!!)
90. You’re really temped to just get boxes and popping packaging for the kids for Christmas, because that is all they seem to play with anyway!!
91. Your house stays clean all day, except the few minutes before unexpected company shows up.
92. Your kids are your best cheerleaders.
93. You allow your kids to eat all the things you weren’t allowed to eat as a child.
94. You drive your kids crazy by doing all things that your parents did to you that drove you crazy.
95. You can’t help but to hug your kids, whether they want it or not.
96. You can’t remember the last place you went alone.
97. Your car can’t move unless everyone is restrained.
98. You still can’t believe you’re a parent.
99. You let your children talk on the phone even if the kid isn’t coherent.
100. There usually a naked person running around somewhere in your house.
101. You blog :-)