Lessons I’ve Learned

A few weeks ago, I had fun with graphs. I showed that children are clingy as hell when you need them not to be. That was probably already a universal parenting truth, but the graph made it official. Today you get a few more graphs on parenting lessons I’ve learned. (And I had an idea for a cute pie chart, so there will probably be even more graphs in this blog’s future. Yay — I think?)

The first lesson I’ve learned has to do with puking in the car.

Back when Little Man was a baby, we bought a used car that was a few years old. It wasn’t overly nice, but the price was right, it was safe, and it got us where we needed to go. If something got spilled in it, it wasn’t a big deal — that kind of car. Care to guess how many times LM puked in that car? Once.

We now have a pretty new (we bought it brand new a year ago) and expensive (for us) car. It has all the bells and whistles, leather seats, and is just gorgeous. Now would you like to guess how many times that car has been puked in over the past year? Well over a dozen. The last time was yesterday, which just happened to be a few days after I cleaned it good and conditioned the leather. Little Man got car sick. He was able to get some of it in a paper bag, but as luck would have it, the bottom of the bag collapsed.

The next lesson has to do with diapers being soiled. This particular lesson is what made me take Baby Girl’s diapers a little earlier than planned, because I was annoyed with 30 cents worth of diaper being ruined in five minutes.

Baby Girl was one of those kids who often wouldn’t poop unless she had on a clean diaper. As soon as you’d take the diaper full of pee off, she’d work her magic and ruin a brand new diaper by crapping in it. This was true as a baby and true as a toddler. After we got to the point where I knew that she could tell me and use the toilet, that whole “get changed and squat” act started wearing thin. Diapers aren’t that expensive, but still.

The last one is something I’m sure all parents — heck, anyone who has ever given a child a gift — are familiar with.

That’s right — spend a buck on something and you’re guaranteed hours of play. Spend $50 on something and it might get played with a grand total of five minutes. Such was the case with Baby Girl’s birthday party over the weekend. We were supposed to have a pool party, but decided to move it indoors the morning of the party because of rain. We went to Walmart and bought some stuff to have indoors to make sure the kids would be entertained. We had a little bounce house that the toddlers spent a few minutes on, a bowling set that I don’t think anyone touched, a bean bag toss that wasn’t touched by anyone other than adults, and then we had some balloons and pool noodles that cost a grand total of $4. I don’t even have to say which items the kids gravitated to.

Any lessons or other universal parenting truths you’ve picked up on that you’d like to see in graph form in a future post? 

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Author: Erika

I’m a SAHM to two kids. When I’m not doing all the typical mom things (diapers, soccer, etc.), I like writing, reading, and playing games. Clearly I live the life of a rock star.

31 thoughts on “Lessons I’ve Learned”

  1. Balloons and pool noodles are AWESOME! 😀
    Fun with charts was fun!
    I think mine would have to be the floors. No one spills or drops anything until I have been down there, Cinderella-style, scrubbin the floors, then they must break a jar of maple syrup, marinara, or honey.

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  2. Loved the graphs 😀 Just resonated with my two toddlers too!
    The chances of throwing up also increase exponentially if the car you are driving is BORROWED :/

    loved it.

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  3. Yours may well be THE ONLY blog I would actually CHOOSE to read about the 3 ‘P’s (puke, pee, poop) at 3:30 a.m. because I need a chuckle before going to bed. I am not sure what this says about either of us, but … fun post!!! 🙂

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  4. This is awesome lol. I would like to add: The chances of a diaper explosion or public throw up are directly proportional to the chances of you not carrying extra clothing. Also, the chances of your child not taking their mandatory day time nap gets higher if you have a dinner or wedding to attend that day. There are so many of these!

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  5. I love the graphs!! There are so many things … I think every time I just finish their laundry one of the girls has an epic spill on their clothes or Baby destroys her high chair cover. When Baby was an infant she’d have a blowout every time we were in a rush or had people over. The longer the car ride (and therefore nap chance), the less likely the kid is to nap.

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