I was trying to think of a better way to phrase this. What I mean is that I'm going to make a list (and won't you help me in the comments??) of things that, as a parents, you won't blink at. Or think twice about. It's the new normal. Let me start my list and then maybe also in the comments someone can help me with a better blog post title. I clearly need some sleep. This whole list was inspired by the first thing on the list, which has been sitting on my counter all day.
-Diapers in random places. Like the kitchen counter. Clean OR dirty.
-Having a runny nose wiped on you.
-Wiping a runny nose off. Maybe with your hand or shirt sleeve. On purpose.
-Phone conversations with adults that are punctuated with phrases like "STOP CLIMBING ON THE TABLE" or "I said SIT DOWN."
-People breastfeeding in public places.
-Intermittent screaming and crying, or even both simultaneously. Yours or your children's.
-Forgetting to shower. Maybe for like a few days.
-Finding an old, dried-up piece of poop somewhere in your house.
-Needing to sweep under the table at least three times a day. And often NOT sweeping three times a day even though you need to.
-Dirty looks from non-parents in public places.
This is a short list, really. Most of these things have happened to me personally in the past few days. After walking by the diaper (clean) that was sitting next to my coffeepot all day (why?), I decided to make this list. Some of these things are universal. Some of them are personal. I don't imagine that a really super neat mom is going to find poop in their house. BUT YOU NEVER KNOW. Kids are wily. And poop seems to travel.
What else needs to go on this list? Or, if you're not a parent, are you particularly horrified by the nitty gritty of parenting details?