Tuesday, September 13, 2016

6 Things I’m So Glad Exist Now That I’m a Mom

The other day, 10 minutes before I had to leave for work, Luca had a bit of a um…diaper mishap. The mishap, as we’ll call it, resulted in an impromptu bath and me frantically trying to clean everything up before rushing out the door. My saving grace during this unfortunate—though much more common then we’d like to admit—incident? The hand held showerhead. In four minutes he was rinsed and ready to go and that extra fixture paid for itself 10 times over. This got me thinking about all the things that, along with that showerhead, make life easier these days:

That automatic trunk closing button
I’m sure this car feature has a much more professional sounding name—self-closing trunk?—but it’s proof that it’s really the little things that matter. My friend Julia was actually saying recently how she didn’t even see the point of it until she had kids. But once you’ve tried to load a stroller, 5 bags of groceries and an overflowing diaper bag into the trunk at once, you realize how wonderful it is to just press a button and walk away, leaving you with a few extra seconds to deal with much more pressing issues, like the hangry toddler you have to wrestle into his car seat.

Amazon Prime
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said—out loud—how thankful I am for Amazon Prime. Yes, I’d like those diapers at my door in two days, thanks. And also that birthday gift and that bottle of shampoo and oh, this book that I heard was good and also this random beauty item I read about on some blog that looks particularly promising. But seriously. So good. 

The YouTube App
Look, I said I wouldn’t give my kid the phone either. But times change and we must change with them. I’m most grateful for this when we’re out to dinner and he has already colored, put stickers all over his toddler-sized school bus and eaten most of his food. That’s when I’m totally fine with letting him watch those weird egg-opening videos.

Rocking chairs
It’s great for the newborn days, of course, but it’s totally great after them, too. Just tonight, Luca sat on my lap in the chair while I read him a couple books and then I leaned back and fell asleep in it after trying to leave the room 3 times and he kept calling me back.

This has less to do with Luca and more to do with me—namely how helpful it is when your friends are a quick message away. I waxed poetic about this before, but when you can talk about clothing deals, work stuff, make plans and send a whole bunch of stupid videos all in one place, it’s pretty worth it.

What would you add to this list?  


  1. This might go without saying, but disposable diapers. I run a pretty green house and even purchased cloth diapers at one point but ... no freaking way. Also, the Diaper Genie is an amazing invention, as are those single-serve organic food pouches that don't require refrigeration until you open them. My purse always has at least one!

    1. Yes to all of these! Especially the diaper genie because holy hell, life would be gross without it.