5 Ways To Survive The Day with a One-Year-Old

Thursday, October 23, 2014

1. Get out of the house.  Seriously, who wants to be cooped up in their house all day long, never to see the light of day? I feel accomplished if I get around the block. A plus if the dog comes along. Go for a walk, go to the park, go to the library, who cares, just get out. You both need a change of scenery and anywhere will work as long as its not a.) your living room b.) your dungeon basement c.) your kitchen. 
2. Snacks are essential. I love that Lucca knows how to sign “more” but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat in dead-stop traffic with him clapping like a damn seal in the backseat because he wants more crackers. But of course I only packed a measly THREE crackers because… well, there is no real reason. But it never fails— he wants more snacks, I don’t have any, madness ensues. ALWAYS. PACK. MORE. 
3. Keep ‘em busy...with anything. Sounds easy, right? I struggle with this because Lucca wants to play play play, and I have to work work work, so unfortunately he’s left to play with the gang on Sesame Street for awhile until I can do that. But, I do try and cycle out his toys from upstairs and downstairs so he doesn’t have to play with the same thing every single day. And I’m sure you would agree that babies like everyday objects way more than the loud obnoxious toys— so give them that empty diaper box or empty tupperware to throw around. They’ll appreciate it and so will you. 
4. After breakfast, lunch and dinner, don’t even TRY to clean up. It won’t matter. Instead, take your little one out of the highchair, give ‘em a good wipe down, and shake off the rest of his meal onto the floor for the dog. If you don’t have a dog, retire the broom and adopt a dog ASAP.

5. Have a sense of humor. Honestly, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started to cry, then instead just busted out laughing. To anyone watching me do this, you would think I was certifiably insane. But, it helps to know that this, my friend, is not the end of the world.  All you can do in that moment—whether you have shit in your hair, the dog is barking uncontrollably and the baby won’t stop crying, the dishes pile up past your eyeballs—is laugh. Just laugh and move on. Because really, it could be A LOT worse.

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