In the almost eight years I've been a mom, I have to say that the time in my life where I had the pleasure of sitting still the least was definitely the toddler phase. I'm not all that ashamed to admit there were days when I wished he would grow up a little more quickly, simply because it's tough constantly trying to keep up with a pint-sized human being you can't let out of your sight for one single second.
But looking back -- I'm not sure I realized just how good I had it when he was a cherubic little 2-year-old who thought everything I said and did was the most amazing thing EVER. (Sniff, sniff.)
And aside from him adoring me, there are so many things I used to be able to do then without thinking twice than I can't pull off now.
Not convinced? Here are eight things you can do in front of your toddler -- that you have basically no chance of getting away with once he's a little older. (Embrace and enjoy this time. Trust me.)
- Shower -- You can strip down to your birthday suit and hop in and out of the shower in front of a toddler, and he won't bat an eyelash -- because he doesn't realize you have boobs. Or if he does, he's only known them as a source of food.
- Poop -- Ahh. Pooping in peace is a gift and a privilege as a mom. At least toddlers won't call you out for stinking up the bathroom, either because they simply don't notice, or are immune to the smell due to still being in diapers.
- Swear-- Drop those f-bombs now -- because once your tot can talk, he'll repeat everything you say. And as cute as it is for you to hear your kid say, "f&%k that" -- other people usually aren't as appreciative.
- Gossip-- When your husband comes home from work, you can sit and speculate over whether or not your friend's husband has another wife in another state -- and you don't have to worry about your child walking up and asking him about it the next time you all get together.
- Try on clothes -- You know what's really cool about toddlers? They can't tell that dressing room lights make you look 10 pounds heavier -- which means they won't call you out for it.
- Cry -- If you want to have a good sobbing session without having to explain or divulge what's upsetting you, a child between the ages of one and three is an ideal witness.
- Check Facebook (without feeling guilty) -- Because your toddler has no freakin' clue that you're even on the computer, let alone checking to see whether or not anyone liked the photo you just posted of him.
- Sing -- Feel like belting out your favorite tunes in the shower or singing along with the radio? Your toddler will probably find it entertaining versus embarrassing and cringe-worthy.
Is there anything you do now in front of your toddler that you're dreading having to stop doing when he's older?
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