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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.

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.

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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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Here's what just one day in her life looks like:


Jalyssa says she learned to embrace agility throughout her motherhood journey. Here's more from this incredible mama of five boys.

What is the most challenging part of your day as a mom of five?

Time management! I want to meet each of the boys' individual needs—plus show up for myself—but I often feel like someone gets overlooked.

What's the best part of being a mom of five?

The little moments of love. The hugs, the kisses, the cuddles, the smiles... they all serve as little reminders that I am blessed and I'm doing okay.

Are there misconceptions about raising boys?

There are so many misconceptions about raising boys. I think the biggest one is that boys don't have many emotions and they're just so active all the time. My boys display many emotions and they also love to be sweet and cuddly a lot of the time.

What do you think would surprise people the most about being a mom of five?

How much I enjoy it. I never knew I wanted to be a mom until I was pregnant with my first. My desire only grew and the numbers did! I am surprised with every single baby as my capacity to love and nurture grows. It's incredible.

How do you create balance and make time for yourself?

Balance for me looks like intentional planning and scheduling because I never want my boys to feel like they aren't my first priority, but it is extremely difficult. What I try to do is not fit it all into one day. I have work days because motherhood is my first priority. I fit in segments of self-care after the kids' bedtime so I don't grow weary.

What's the biggest lesson you have learned from motherhood?

I have learned that sacrifice is actually beautiful. I was terrified of the selflessness motherhood would require, but I've grown so much through the sacrifice. There is nothing better than living for something bigger than myself.

When did you first feel like a mom? How has your motherhood evolved?

I first felt like a mom when I was pregnant with my first son and I intentionally chose to change my eating habits so my body could be strong and healthy for him. I didn't have to think twice—I just did what I thought would be best for him. That decision being so effortless made me realize I was made for motherhood.

My perspective has changed with each baby as I've realized motherhood doesn't have to be one-size-fits-all. With my first son, I was a by-the-book mama and it was so stressful. With each baby, I have felt more freedom and it has made motherhood so much more beautiful. I have evolved into the mother that they need, I am perfect for these boys.

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