“I can’t live without it!”
A common phrase uttered by nearly every 21st century mom when referring to her mommy “must-haves”. The items that keep her trucking along day after day, allowing her brain to function at maximum capacity (as allowed by babies and toddlers), and to keep her from having tantrums of her own.
As a mom of a toddler, this is the list of life-and sanity-saving essentials I assembled, in no specific order.
- Insulated Cups. If you were to ask me what I miss the most about my pre-Mommy days, I would tell you hot coffee without batting an eye. Coffee trumps everything else. I was gifted a double-wall vacuum insulated cup for Christmas, and y’all, it was LIFE CHANGING. You’re telling me that I can take three hours to finish my coffee and it will still be HOT?! I get misty-eyed just thinking about it. Now my husband and I both have one of these fancy cups. We both get hot coffee. We are both immensely happier because of said hot coffee.
- Fruit and Veggie Pouches. When E was younger, she was a phenomenal eater. Then, she turned 14 months and developed an incredibly discriminate palate. *Disclaimer: she eats anything and everything at daycare* MOMMAS, LISTEN: when your child refuses anything healthy, give them a pouch. This magic package makes vegetables cleverly disguised, and you can count it as a win.
- The Target $5/$7 table: I cannot in good conscience go crazy on all of those adorable baby outfits that usually cost as much, if not more, than my own clothes. The Target $5/$7 table is my jam. Jeans for $7 and tops for $5, all while sipping my still-hot Starbucks thanks to that amazing cup holder that fits into the holes on a Target cart? Yes, please.
- Leggings. I don’t even think I need to explain this. I love yoga pants, but some days I don’t even want to PRETEND I’m working out.
- The Dog. Some days, it feels like everyone hates you. This day usually happens after you get very little sleep. Your baby is super fussy, your husband is also super fussy because he had to get up ONCE to check on the baby (I have an amazing husband, but this was once mistakenly uttered by him one morning,) and your mom’s words of support during your morning call while headed to school are, “well, just imagine how tired she is.” (I can imagine. I live with her. I was up every time she was, thank you very much). About this time, you start getting emails by the bucketload. PEOPLE, that’s why we have dogs! Chief never questions my attire, what I have for breakfast, or if I need to take a drive to Starbucks. He’s always here for a snuggle and a Lab lean. And some days, I am pretty certain he’s the only other resident in the house who isn’t holding a grudge.
- Dessert. Admittedly, I’ve always been a dessert person. But after E was born, somewhere around the start of colic and a very serious milk-sensitivity, the importance of dessert skyrocketed. Colicky baby? Have a cookie. Teething? Y’all, that’s why someone decided you can have cinnamon rolls for breakfast, I am sure of it. Toddler tantrums: have a cupcake. Or two. Cupcakes fix all kinds of wrongs.
- Dohmie Sound Machine. Because if you are a light sleeper or have a light sleeper, you need to go to Amazon right now and order yourself one of these. Just trust me on this.
- Dry shampoo. I shower every day. I can take a two minute shower, but washing my super-fine hair that I have a super-lot of? Meh. Before baby I could wash it once every 5 days. Now, I need to wash it every other day (thanks, hormones.) But there are many nights I am just too tired, and a good sprinkling of dry shampoo will buy me another day.
- Wine. This is similar to number 5 above (dessert). Fussy baby? Wine. Teething? Wine. Toddler tantrums? Wine. I prefer red, but do what makes you happy (and please do so responsibly.)
- BB cream. Because adulting is hard enough. Mommying is an entirely different level. Then you are expected to do twelve steps for makeup… well, AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT. BB cream, blush, mascara – that’s much more my style.
- House shoes. I’m a fan of Uggs, but you do you, momma, as long as they have a real sole. As a mom, there are days (or multiple days in a row) where you won’t leave your house. If you are a WAHM like me, you can go a long time only going back and forth from daycare. At some point, you are going to be so busy getting everyone else out of the door, that you will forget your own shoes. My house shoes are so warm and comfy, and they have a real sole, so if I make it halfway to daycare and realize I’m in them, oh well.
- We use our crockpots almost weekly. I have been known to have them both going at once. If you don’t have one, finish reading this and head straight to the store (and maybe pick up your insulated coffee cup, too).
While this list is certainly not all-inclusive, I hope you agree with (or can relate to) most of them! Did I miss anything that shocks you, fellow mommies? Please let me know! Perhaps I mommy-brained and forgot, or maybe I need to add it to my life as well.