1. Life with a toddler is not easy, and alot of times looking at other families, you feel like you're alone in feeling stressed and overwhelmed. I work full time, and my evenings are not easy. I get home around 5 and Caleb goes to bed around 7- 7:30 and within that time frame we have supper, dishes, playtime, bath time and books before bed. It's hard, it's stressful, and that's okay.
2. Sometimes you need to step back and prioritize. Caleb is going through a phase where he hates baths. He will scream and cry and it makes a tired toddler hard to handle. I've decided that he doesn't need to bath every night. He likes showering with his Dad, so we do it every other night. It's okay to just go with the flow, routines change. I don't want Caleb to get his way all the time, but sometimes I need to do what works.
3. Communicate with your husband. If you need help, ask for it. We don't always look at a problem the same way, and sometimes I think that my husband is ignoring my need for help but really he doesn't realize that I need help. I think this goes both ways, and it's something that we need to work on.
4. Do something for yourself, it will make you feel better. Even if it's just a small thing...In the mornings, I take 10 minutes to do my makeup and it makes me feel better.
5. Even when it's hard, enjoy the time we have as a family. Caleb going to be 2 years old, and I can't believe how fast he's growing and learning. Yes, we still co sleep, it's not ideal but to be honest, I enjoy those snuggles. What works for one family, doesn't always work for another one. Caleb wakes up in the morning and snuggles with the both of us. He'll say "dis is Mama, dis is Dada, and dis is Me."