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Oh, the Places You'll Poo!  (#momlife, Seuss style)

Oh, the Places You'll Poo! (#momlife, Seuss style)

In honor of Mother’s Day on Sunday, here’s my ode to moms, Dr. Seuss style, and some of my most cherished photos throughout the past eight years of being a mama. This is kind of like my time capsule of our “early years”. I’ve had little ones in diapers since Scarlet was born in 2010 and Shep turning three next month feels like a big step for us into the next phase of parenthood.

So here’s one last ode to baby poop, potty training, and the early years, reminding myself and everyone else that even if your toddler won’t poop on the potty and wakes you up every day at 5:51am…this too shall pass.

I hope you enjoy!

XOXO,

Mandy

This photo collage wouldn’t be complete without: mom frands, baby bumps, date nights, that baby carrier I thought would be attached-to-me -forever-once-I-had-my -third, the grandmas, and well, some tantrums. Hehe.

Oh, the Places You’ll Poo!

Before you’re a mom you know just what to do

In your head, your kids are like, potty trained by two

They’ll listen, stay clean, and never talk back

And if they do, you’ll know exactly how to get them back. on. track.

*snap*

But then that day comes, you’ll have kids of your own

You won’t look down so much on that mom from Home Alone.

Things were so much easier in the 90s, you’ll say

When our parents sent us out to the backyard to play

Now there are “rules”,

Wean with this food, not that

To sleep train or not

And are time-outs really wack?

And what about play dates?

Have you scheduled all three? Two per child, that’s six, and oh! Spanish, Level 3

Or maybe you won’t

Cause some moms, they don’t

Get caught up on social

Though it’s hard not to compare

When your bff’s kid is on Facebook in big boy underwear

(Gasp!) Big boy underwear!?

Cause truth is, you tried that, your kid pooped in the pool

You were holding your newborn

you followed the rules

kept him in swim diapers but he boldly declared:

I’ll poop in the potty, mommy, I swear!

But got busy and pooped in the baby pool, he did

right next to a toddler and her squirting toy squid

it’s humbling, this mom stuff

you’ve gotta make your own rules

and gut check with what feels best to you

Sometimes those books are full of BS

and random articles from social sometimes average at best

(oh um, except for mine, wink wink…

(especially this one cause it rhymes)

Time outs for mommies, well they kind of rule

some alone time, some friend time to laugh and be free

Some time to remember “oh, I’m still also me

Responsible and caring and loving them through

all the good (and crappy) moments your mom went through, too

so try not to compare yourself to another

your kid to mine,

your baby to another

Cause maybe you’ll find out with kid one, two or three

If you let go a little of what it should be

what it is is beautiful and typically messy

Your kids will surprise you, the joy’s mixed with pee

So trust your gut mom, seasoned or new

I hope you enjoyed this Mother’s Day ode to you! (not poo).

PS. Hang in there to my fellow potty trainers, potty training graduates, moms, dads, humans. You’ve got this!

P.S.S. If you enjoyed this, please vote for my um, poem, on Today Parent’s here.


Kick back and stay awhile!

You know that thing you were nervous to ask your dermatologist about?  I asked her for you.

You know that thing you were nervous to ask your dermatologist about? I asked her for you.

give yourself what you seek from others

give yourself what you seek from others

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