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YOu know you're parenting a toddler when<br><br>
you put the potato masher in the toy box at the end of the day<br><br>
its a diaper chase instead of a diaper change<br><br>
"boo" is the most hilarious thing you've said all day<br><br>
"up" is followed almost immediately by "down", which is followed by "up" . .<br><br><br>
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Those are all so true <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> The latest one for us:<br><br>
...pots and pans are the only things interesting enough to be played with.
 

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Holy cow! DP & I were just noticing that DD has abducted the potato masher! :LOL<br><br><br><br><br>
You know you're parenting a toddler when . .<br><br>
...the cat decides <i>on his own</i> to be an outside kitty. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
...you have to run a "cracker check" before each load of laundry.
 

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...the cat decides <i>on his own</i> to be an outside kitty. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
...you have to run a "cracker check" before each load of laundry.</div>
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That's so funny :LOL That sounds a lot like our cat...he's all of a sudden escaping a whole lot more <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> .<br><br>
You know you are a parent of a toddler when...<br><br>
...you follow the trail of Cheerios to find your child.
 

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You know you're parenting a toddler when . .<br>
The remote to the tv is missing, and yep... it's in the toybox.<br>
Everything becomes a fit.<br>
Mealtime becomes abstract art time, and you and everything else within throwing range is the *canvas.<br>
You finally find your portable phone, and realize why it's been so quiet, DC turned it on and called 2222444444444443333333337777777#####.<br>
Your friends and family wanna know why your calling them and not talking, or all they hear are the sound of buttons being pushed and held down through the phone.
 

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when you have this conversation:<br>
dd: ant!<br>
me: oh, do you see an ant?<br>
dd: no.<br>
me: where is the ant?<br>
dd: ant! (points to stomach)<br>
me: do you have an ant on your belly? (me checking)<br>
dd: ant, mmmmm!<br>
me: oh, you ate the ant?<br>
dd: sure, ant! mmmmmm.<br>
:LOL
 

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You feel your day was abnormally productive if you managed to fold AND put away a load of laundry.<br><br>
You have memorized the words to at least four books. You dream about the words in said books.<br><br>
Your vacuum bag has seen at least two of the following on a regular basis; corn flakes, flour, cat litter, Cheerios, macaroni, glitter, packing peanuts, or dried leaves and twigs that your toddler has carried in from outside.
 

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When you find yourself saying things like; "please stop trying to eat the toy box;" and "dear, it's probably not a good idea to put that crayon in your vagina."<br><br>
When you show you dc something new and cool, like a cartwheel, you are destined to do it over, and over, and over, and over, and over again!
 

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...you are always accompanied to the bathroom and receive cheers for using the potty (even in public)<br><br>
...your newly painted walls have been redecorated with crayon<br><br>
...the aquarium often has new additions...crayons, bracelets, etc.<br><br>
...you have to run to answer the phone before it's snatched by a little person who can outmanuever you once she's got it, and scream like a banshee if you try to get it back<br><br>
...you point out the cows, airplanes, tractors etc while riding in cars with grownups <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"><br><br>
...you hold hands in public with someone wearing a tutu, rainboots, and a swimsuit.<br><br>
...you can only ever find one shoe from each pair...especially if you are running late<br><br>
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You know you're parenting a toddler when...<br><br>
...the Amish guy at the farmers' market is referred to as a 'cowboy'.<br><br>
...they want to push the toddler-size grocery cart...into the other shoppers.<br><br>
...the cat starts chasing the child because she's tired of being beat up.<br><br>
...you're told not to jump on the bed in the middle of the night (when you weren't exactly jumping on the bed...!!!)<br><br>
The list could go on and on!!!
 

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If you are in the next room and hear screaming or squealing, you feel no alarm, but if it's silent, you immediately hunt your child down and inevitably find him digging in the recycle bin, playing with the phone, trying to eat the dog's food, etc., etc..<br><br>
You think nothing of letting your dc go outside in the yard in his slippers in cold weather, it's easier than battling with him to get his shoes on first, as he screams at the door to go out and play.<br><br>
You would rather dance with a rabid wolverine than have to tell your dc "no" one more time and endure yet another tantrum some days.
 

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If you smell something horrible when you preheat the oven, and realize there is a red crayon melted inside. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
You find yourself cutting your food into tiny bite sized pieces, even when you are alone! :LOL
 

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~Saying "Honey, don't stick your face in the cat's butt" is a regular part of your day.<br><br>
~You'd rather rearrange furniture to block stuff off than tell your dc "no" one more time.<br><br>
~You can read 4 books to your child -- all at once!<br><br>
~You let your kids run around naked because it's easier than fighting with them one more time to get dressed.<br><br>
~You "serve" Cheerios and other dry foods on the floor. After all, that's where they're going to end up anyway.<br><br>
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When hubby tells you that there are cheerios stuck to your butt half way through your trip to the mall, you just shrug and find a trashcan for them, not at all embarrassed, casue what else is new?<br><br>
When DH wants to make a Saturday outing to a place like the horse races he entices you by saying "They have a nice kids play area there!"<br><br>
You know where every elevator is in the mall, and every bathroom in every store you shop at be it the supermarket, Target, Best Buy whatever.<br><br>
You have a personal valet who pulls off and hands the toilet paper for you when you are sitting on the pot in the bathroom.
 

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This is so true. Only I found the red crayon melted inside the dryer with an entire load of red splotched laundry.<br><br>
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You kow you're the parent of a toddler when:<br><br>
You're at a business meeting and you look down to see what everyone is looking at. It's a smiley face potty sticker on your blouse.<br><br>
You need to sign a check and you can only find a red crayon or a blue crayon in your purse.<br><br>
You open your purse at work and find matchbox cars instead of your wallet.<br><br>
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When you have a talk with your toddler that goes like this "dude, it is 65 degrees in this house and you need clothes on" so you fight for nearly a 1/2 hour to get DC dressed only to have your DC preform a strip tease within 2 min.. so then you say "okay, fine, if you want to freeze then fine! your clothes are on the couch if you want them!!"<br><br>
Yes, you sound like a toddler too...<br><br>
So, then your said child is naked running around the house and decides to pee- say on the couch, the bed, her bed, the floor the counter where ever the need is, and you just grab a prefold and your squirt bottle of whatever cleaner your earthy self has created and spray, blot and go on with your day....<br><br>
When you say "GET OUT OF THE FRIDGE.... I AM NOT JOKING!"<br><br>
When you wonder if the neighbors can you you screaming "GET OUT OF THE FRIDGE.... I AM NOT JOKING!"<br><br>
When you hear a little knock at the front door and realize your child CAN NOW open the back door!<br><br>
When your tolet gets clogged because DC was trying to go potty by themselves :LOL<br><br>
When you start to think- is dog food REALLY that bad for humans??<br><br>
When you go into the store and it is sub zero outside and you go to get the toddler out of the car and you see no shoes or socks on their feet and you look at the store door and you think- it is only 100 yards, they will not freeze off that fast! and then you think, well they may get cold- but then you think DC will just yank them off before I even get them out of the car, so what the hell 100 yards- they will live!
 

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- It melts your heart when you open the back door and a little boy is waiting there with a dandelion for you<br><br>
- You think it's hilarious to be ordered around (a la - "Sit down, mama!" or "Get up!")<br><br>
- You have to change shirts twice a day because you used them to wipe noses<br><br>
- You know exactly what happens to the laundry when cheese makes it into the dryer (much worse than crayon! eww!)<br><br>
- You feel proud and accomplished when your DC points at dog poop and says, with a serious face, "Potty."<br><br>
- You no longer bother closing the bathroom door... after all, a little leprechaun is just going to open it and wander in to see what you're doing (and comment on it) anyway!
 
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