10 signs that your home is being taken over by your toddler:
1. The biggest clue is the pile of
crap toys that will congregate in one corner of the living room. I swear that pile multiplies over night! And you can’t get rid of anything, ever, because as soon as you try to sneak something away (you know, something that they have played with for 5 minutes about 6 months ago) it suddenly becomes their most treasured possession!
2. When you do actually manage to get some of the baby toys boxed up you realise there isn’t actually anywhere to put them seeing as the attic and garage are already full of baby/toddler must-have buys so they sit in a box in the spare room, with the noisy ones randomly going off for no reason whatsoever! At 3 am!
3. The fridge is covered in their latest “artwork” (or something they made for Easter that you still haven’t got round to taking down).
4. You have a toddler suitcase in your dining room. Okay this is largely because I’m too lazy to take it upstairs after it’s weekly trip to Nana’s. He doesn’t need a suitcase, he only goes for the day, but his cousin had one and to stop the fighting over the one suitcase they both had to have their own. Standard toddler reasoning!
Plus there is a huge bag of MegaBloks that makes your heart sink everytime your toddler reaches for it. I wouldn’t mind if he actually built something with it but he just throws them round the room, and then refuses to tidy them away!
5. Obviously there is a ball tent in the middle of your garden.
6. The bottom of your staircase becomes the perfect toddler bag dumping ground!
7. The sanctuary that was once the bathroom, full of candles and fancy potions, is now filled with Mr Matey bubble bath and Jake and the Neverland Pirate shower gel. Not quite so easy to relax in the bath with a grinning sailor staring at you!
8. There will always be a random toy in the middle of the floor. In our house it is almost always a car or something transport related. Tasteful ornaments are now replaced with tubs of Playdoh, random feathers (which god help you if you try and throw away) and a collection of army soldiers.
9. You will still have one or two baby items dotted around the house. For us it’s the Angelcare monitor (despite us not having used it for about 6 months) and the Gro-Egg. In my defence I actually quite like knowing what the temperature is in our room, so this one will be staying for now!
10. There is at least one cupboard in your house filled with a collection of plastic plates, cups and bowls that balance precariously ready to leap out at you every time you open the damn door!
I promised myself it wouldn’t happen, but 2 and a bit years later, here we are. Well and truly taken over by our toddler!