I don’t know any moms who expect to navigate parenthood without worrying. When it comes to parenting a toddler — when are hearts are literally running around the house, bumping into things, and jumping off of furniture — it can feel like those worries increase exponentially. However, I take comfort in knowing (or, at least, assuming) I’m not alone, and that there are some weird things all toddler moms worry about. There has to be, right? There are some universal toddler-parenting experiences that pretty much require us to lose sleep. Some are related to their wellbeing, some relate to our parenting, and some relate to when we’ll get the rest of our lives back.
Thanks to a level-headed, logical partner who understands that sometimes it just helps to hear someone else say the reality of a situation out loud, I have someone to balance out my illegitimate fears. When I think my kid might be poisoned, my partner replies with a calm, “I’m sure this weird, inexplicable stain on his shirt is probably raspberry jam and not some poisonous substance he came in contact with while in the safety of our toddler-proofed home." When I lament about my inability to sit still for two seconds and enjoy some peace and quiet, my partner reassures me with something like, “I’m sure that, someday, we’ll be able to watch Netflix again.”
However, I’m not trying to downplay my own feelings, because some of them really just are legitimate. For example, here’s a few things that, as of late, have given me pause: