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You see those commercials—the diaper ones, the cleaning supply ones. Maybe it’s the coffee commercials where the person happily yawns and rolls out of bed to that sweet, sweet aroma filling the house. These commercials all have a few things in common.


Their homes are spotless—everything is in its place and organized—it’s pretty much sparkling. Their babies are always giggling and smiling. They’re never throwing a fit or bucking out of their chairs, or throwing themselves on the floor. I’m sure those babies sleep through the night, too, and their parents wake up every morning feeling refreshed and well rested.

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A lot of those babies are around the age of one. Ha! I think I’d like to make my own commercial of what it’s really like to be the parent of a one-year-old. Because I’m pretty sure I can paint a more realistic picture than what’s out there.

So...what’s a typical day like with a true one-year-old? Let’s just say, I’m often in survival mode.’ Here’s why...

Is she choking?

Is she pulling out the outlet protectors? Oh wait, one is in her mouth! Pull it out! Pull it OUT!

Is she climbing up on something? Honey? Get down from there!

Is she near the toilet? She’s playing IN the toilet? WHAT?

Did she just put that in her mouth? What is that? Honey, open your mouth for Mommy!

Roll down her window. She’s going to puke again.

Give Mommy the remote control. No, don’t push that you’ll delete...too late.

What’s wrong, Honey, you want up? Okay, you want back down? No, you want back up again? Then don’t buck to get down.

Is she going up the stairs? Who took down the baby gate?

Oh no, Sweetheart...no, don’t...Okay, let Mommy get a paper towel.

Did the baby swallow that penny? Oh my gosh, she swallowed it, didn’t she?

I need another outfit. She pooped through this one. There’s not another in her drawer? Well did you check the dryer?

Where’s the skillet? And my mixing bowl? Let me check her play yard. She likes to take them in there.

Don’t pull the doggy’s tail. And no, no, do NOT ride on her.

Come here, let Mommy wipe your nose. Come on, Baby, just...let...me...wipe.

Don’t give the baby that...she doesn’t have enough teeth to chew that!

Wait, where is she? Why can’t I find her? Where is she?!

Wait, she’s putting her finger in the outlet now? Didn’t I put the protector back in for the love of God?

Honey, don’t bang on the keyboard, please.

I need another outfit—she pulled her bib off and juice is dripping down the front of her.

Don’t eat that dirty shoe, Baby. Here, give Mommy the shoe.

Anyone know where all the sippy cups are? I’m going to go check out in the van. I think I saw three or four in there yesterday.

Okay, why can’t I find the baby? Check behind the couch!

Is she breathing okay?

Can someone grab Mommy another diaper? The baby had an explosion.

No, no don’t...ugh. She did.

Her sock, where’s the other sock?

I need to get the syringe...I need to syringe her nose again.

Who left their fruit snack wrapper over here? The baby just ate part of the wrapper.

Who can help me find my phone? For the love of God, we need to play Daniel Tiger immediately.

Sweetie, don’t touch that. Okay, listen to Mommy. No, no, no.

Don’t eat the dog food! Noooo!

Hot. HOT. No, no. Hot. Mommy said HOT. Do not touch the candle.

Let’s get in your high chair. Oh, Honey. Don’t buck out of your seat, please. You’re a big girl.

I need another outfit she just puked on her shirt. Well did you check the clothes that are being re-fluffed in the dryer? There’s got to be one in there.

Where’s her sippy cup? Still in the car? Then they all must be in the car!

Where did Mommy put the dustpan? And the broom...the baby, wait..Honey, why are you chewing the dirty broom?

Don’t get too close to the edge...Honey, you’re going to...the baby fell, someone please get me the ice pack.

The baby lost her shoe again. Why do we even buy her shoes anyways?

What is that? Don’t eat that Fruit Loop. We haven’t bought Fruit Loops for months. Did she find that under the couch?

What’s wrong? Daddy’s just hugging me...don’t cry. Honey, Daddy can hug Mommy.

Get your mouth off of there, that’s dirty. Ugh, germs everywhere. The baby will have a fever by the morning.

Where’s the remote? Get the baby the flipping remote. She wants the remote.

Can Mommy have her phone? Give Mommy her phone back. Oh, locked out of it for the next 14 minutes. Fantastic.

Who took the baby gate down? Seriously?

Get down from there. Oh my God, you’re going to fall.

The blanket, pull the blanket away from her face.

The binky fell? It’s fine. Here just let me lick it... it’s completely fine.

The vacuum. I need to grab the vacuum. Which room did I leave it in?

Honey, don’t buck on the floor you’re going to hurt your head.

Hot. The fan is HOT. Don’t touch the fan. Boo boos. HOT.

Don’t pull that cord out. No, don’t chew on the charger. I swear, oh, I swear.

Okay, who deleted Bubble Guppies...are you kidding me? Dear God, is one coming on soon?

Sit still so mommy can buckle you. Come on, sweetie. Please sit...still.

Don’t slam the door. Watch your fingers. Watch your...fingers...

How did you get that? Danger, put that back. Danger, Honey. That’s Mommy’s cleaning supplies ...how did you? Oh, you broke the baby lock.

Honey get out of the cupboard. Don’t throw that. Too late. You already threw it.

Baby, go back to sleep. Do you want to go night night?

Let’s go night night. It’s sleepy time. Mommy loves you. You need to stay in your crib.

Okay, one more kiss and snuggle. Mommy will see you in the morning. Here’s your blankie.

Good night, Honey. Lay down. You’re so tired. Just lay your head down.

Here’s your binky. Shhh. Let me rub your head. It’s late. Shhh. Go night night.

Ok, ok. You win. It’s fine. Just come in our bed.

(...as I get kicked, hit, and flailed upon, and get practically no consecutive rest.)

Now, I’d love to see a diaper or coffee commercial that shows some of THIS.


Yes, being the parent of a one-year-old is seriously exhausting. And I’m soon hiring my own camera crew to film the next diaper or coffee commercial. ?

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Jessica Simpson's life seems perfect. She has three beautiful kids, a wildly successful career, a seemingly solid marriage...she has it all, at least as far as we can see. But recent revelations prove that no one really knows what anyone else is secretly dealing with—and Jessica, by her own admission, has been struggling with alcohol issues.

The singer-turned-business-woman recently sat down with TODAY's Hoda Kotb, and it will air on NBC's TODAY Wednesday morning.

"I had started a spiral and I couldn't catch up with myself…and that was with alcohol," Jessica explained. "I would say it openly to everyone. 'I know. I know, I'll stop soon. I'll cut back'," Jessica continued when asked if she realized things were getting out of control. "For me to cut back, like I'm an all or nothing girl, and so I didn't know it was a problem until it was...I completely didn't recognize myself…I always had a glitter cup. It was always filled to the rim with alcohol."

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She's hardly alone. The rise of #winemom phenomenon is well documented and many parents struggle with substance abuse problems. But Simpson's story proves there is a way to get your life back.

Simpson quit drinking in 2017 after she found herself unable to get her kids ready for a Halloween party. She says she'd started drinking before 7:30 in the morning, before accompanying her husband, Eric Johnson, to a school assembly for their oldest daughter. Later that night she was unable to get her kids dressed in their Halloween costumes. The next morning she was so ashamed. Feeling like she had failed her kids she slept until they left the house, then got up and drank some more.

That episode was her tipping point. She quit drinking (as did her husband, Eric Johnson, who supports her in her sobriety.)



As parents, we know how overwhelming the demands can be...and how easy it is to sink into habits that don't ultimately serve us well. For Jessica, the way to heal was to sever her relationship with alcohol.

"I had to give [drinking] up," Jessica said. "I'm not going to miss another day. I'm not going to miss another Halloween. I'm not going to miss another Christmas. I'm going to be present."

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Babies come with a lot of stuff. And when you're out and about, a roomy, comfy diaper bag is the place for everything you need to be prepared for whatever the day throws your way. But is a cute, trendy diaper bag that doesn't scream, well... DIAPER BAG, too much to ask? It's not, mamas.

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Frustrations and emotions were at an all time high for both us. I was worried that my lack of patience would get the best of me, leaving her feeling let down and frustrated with me on her new journey of becoming a “big girl." And selfishly, I was tired of washing wet underwear. For her part, my daughter was tired of being asked for the hundredth time if she needed to use the potty.

We both were feeling a little defeated in this new adventure.

I have found too often as a mother that I expect my child to respond new things, like to potty training, as fast and as close to the last blog post, book or opinion I heard or read. What I have learned is that no two children are alike and the moment I release my expectations for where mine should or should not be, we are both brought back to peace and patience.

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So maybe a break was all we needed to start fresh the next day. We headed to our favorite spot by the lake and had a picnic. My daughter munched on popcorn and chatted away about the weather and pinecones, and listened for the sounds of helicopters—which you hear quite often living on an aviation military base.

Sometimes in the daily struggles of motherhood I have noticed that I can forget who I am and the strength we possess as mothers. It may not come easily at first, but I grow with each new day. Even potty training—this mundane human activity that is emotional and (quite literally) messy, teaches me much about the meaning and purpose of motherhood.

Potty training has taught me a huge lesson on patience. Patience to be present, to pay attention to what is right in front of me. To be encouraging, to not rush the process, to not place expectations on timing or play the comparison game we often play as mothers.

Patience is needed in every area of parenting and potty training is just one way where we can see as parents where our patience is wearing thin.

I have found that it's when I come from a place of patience and presence that I can then glean wisdom from those messy, mundane, time-consuming tasks of potty training, and find that the waiting, sitting and hours of time spent in the bathroom gives me an opportunity to be present in my child's world.

Whether it be the grocery line, a traffic jam, or cleaning up wet bedding, I learn the art and joy in the small and big moments in motherhood. Giving our children space to fail and try it again as many times as it takes encourages them that they too can cultivate the gift of patience in there own tiny lives.

My daughter speaks to me everyday, inviting growth that sometimes feels really hard and frustrating, she provokes patience to be felt and sensed through every minute of the day. And for this I am grateful. Because to truly live and be present in my child's world means “I learn from her, and she learns from me." Even in potty training.

Our children have so much to offer to who we are as individuals and they have so much to teach us. In fact, I have come to live for these exhausting, beautiful, and downright messy moments in time. When I push myself to embrace them, rather than just find them frustrating, I stretch and grow and evolve. I become the mother I hope to be.

And to you mama, whether in the midst of sleepless newborn nights or toddler tornados or the midst of potty training, may you find strength as a mother, as a wife, and as a person to let go of any expectations or judgements you place upon yourself.

May love and gratitude fill our hearts and peace be with all of us on the journey that motherhood is.

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