life with a toddler: early mornings

As I write this, Remy is currently twelve months old. From the moment she wakes up, she turbo crawls around the house all day long, quickly destroying one room at a time. Lately, her favourite has been removing the contents in the kitchen cupboards. She will open every door and pull everything out into the middle of the room. Once the cabinets are sufficiently emptied, she is satisfied. I clean it all up after her, putting everything back in its place. When she hears me shut the doors to the cabinets, she races back into the room, and pulls everything out once again.

I love this game of ours. I love the chaos that she creates. I want to capture these messes so that I may always remember them, rather than be ashamed of a somewhat ravaged home. To me, it’s a sign of a happy, healthy, and mischievous little girl.

This is our life with a toddler. My heart is so full.



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  1. Dan

     /  04/11/2017

    She is a cutie and this game never gets old. My almost 3 year old does it even now she started when she was a toddler too. Motherhood :) BTW, I have nominated your blog for the blogger recognition award as I love reading your posts :). Do check it out:

    • Haha oh no! I hope that she doesn’t still do this when she’s 3! It’s cute now, but I can see it getting old. ;-)))

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment and nomination!!


  2. Ahhh, my 18 month old still loves the cabinet game! Although, I taught her how to put things back and now she (and I) love the clean up game too…

    • Well done! I need to teach her that as well. She’s just learning to put things into containers and sharing with mama. She LOVES putting her toys away, so it makes sense that I should teach her to put kitchen items away too! Thank you for the inspiration!!


  3. gjkool

     /  04/10/2017

    Beautiful post! I completely agree, that mess equals a happy little girl:) I would hope her curiosity for the world continues and I’m glad we never stifle it!

  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife, mother of two (one earthside and one with the angels), and an animal rescuer. This is our life on the Canadian prairies.

  • Man, did Remy and I have a standoff this morning. All because she didn’t want to wear socks with her boots. She threw a massive tantrum, and I yelled at her. Afterwards, we went for our walk and everything was back to normal. That is, aside from her puffy eyes and tear-stained face. My poor girl. Parenting can be so hard sometimes. Thank goodness for children being so resilient. 
That disaster behind me is nearly gone. We’re currently installing the last of our kitchen shelves, and our new sink arrived this morning. I’m excited to have a less cluttered spare room!
Have a wonderful week, everyone. This room has not yet been touched by us. It is our master bedroom. Everything about it (aside from our furniture) is exactly the same as when we purchased our home. I think that if we do list in the near future, it will be the only room in our house that we did not renovate. Part of me wants to stay just to finish it. A small part.
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