20 Things That Never Get Old About Having Kids

So many things about having kids are boring and stressful and repetitive and get old really, really fast.  Like diaper changing, wiping butts, the crying, the lack of sleep, the never-ending efforts to feed people involving shopping, cooking, cajoling and cleaning up.  The bathing, the fighting, the paci retrieving, the constant echo of “Mommy, mommy, mommy.” The Potty training.  Oh, the potty training. But there are a few things I’ve found that never get old, even after 7 years of motherhood. Here’s my list.  I’d love to hear yours.

Things that Never get Old about Having Kids - Toulouse & Tonic1.  That gut-busting giggle hysteria – you know the one – that causes your kid to clutch his stomach and roll over on his side to catch his breath – when he thinks something silly is really really hysterical. No one knows why my 2yo dissolves into giggle fits when we smell his feet, wave our hands in the air and say “STINKY!” But he does. And so does the older one. If I could bottle that laugh, I’d be the richest woman on earth.

2. Watching them when they don’t know you’re there. If I arrive for preschool pick-up a little early, I like to stand to the side before he sees me and watch him play. They’re so different when they don’t know I’m around.

3. Filling my hand full of french fries (or raisins or chips) and sticking it blindly into the backseat for them to take out of my hand while I’m driving.  I never get tired of the tickle of fat little fingers groping for the treat and the weightlessness in my hand as it’s taken out.  That’s very specific, I know. Maybe I’m just weird. Okay, yes I’m weird – for this and many other reasons.

4.  Watching them dance. (Watch it.  You’ll never get tired of it either.)

5. Christmas morning (or in our case Chrismukkah morning)Things that Never get Old about Having Kids - Toulouse & Tonic

6. That brief moment when all of you are getting along, laughing and playing in the sunshine.  Grab it.  If you’re experiencing it now, it’s almost over.

7. Hearing other people gush about how adorable your kids are.

8. Watching them sleep.

9. Getting homemade gifts like this:

Things that Never get Old about Having Kids - Toulouse & Tonic

10. Hearing “My mommy’s here!” along with shrieks of happiness when I pick them up from school.

11. Seeing them achieve things they’ve worked hard for, even if it’s just taking 5 steps across the floor without falling.

12. Watching them with their grandparents.Things that Never get Old about Having Kids - Toulouse & Tonic

13. Seeing them show affection for one another. (miracles do happen)Things that Never get Old about Having Kids - Toulouse & Tonic

14.  Playing airplane. (Okay it gets old after about 3 times but it’s awesome until then)Things that Never get Old about Having Kids - Toulouse & Tonic

15.  Car washes (as long as I’m just the one taking the pictures)Things that Never get Old about Having Kids - Toulouse & Tonic

16.  Watching them play with their father.

Things that Never get Old about Having Kids - Toulouse & Tonic

17. Kissing boo-boos.Things that Never get Old about Having Kids - Toulouse & Tonic

18.Watching them play their dad’s drums. (Notice I said “watching,” not “listening to”)

19. Being loved on by them.Things that Never get Old about Having Kids - Toulouse & Tonic

20. Having an awesome excuse to eat mac & cheese, chicken nuggets or ice cream 4 or 5 days a week.Things that Never get Old about Having Kids - Toulouse & Tonic

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  1. This is such a beautiful post! And I love the homemade gift. You look magnificent for your age and weight. It must be your amazing fashion sense that makes you look so young and thin. 😉

    • Thank you. Wearing all black really does work wonders for slimming. For my age issues, I just make sure everyone looks at me through a lens smeared with vaseline. : )
      XOXO my girl!

  2. Hearing “Mommy! You are so pretty!” on a day when your hair hasn’t seen the right end of a hairbrush and you’re still wearing yesterday’s make-up.

    • Yes! My boys do that too. The oldest one sighs and says, “I can’t stop staring at you because you’re so beautiful.” And trust me, he’s saying this to me even at my worst.

  3. Number 10 is my favorite way to end a long work day – or any work day for that matter. It’s the best.

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20 Things That Never Get Old About Having Kids

So many things about having kids are boring and stressful and repetitive and get old really, really fast.  Like diaper changing, wiping butts, the crying, the lack of sleep, the never-ending efforts to feed people involving shopping, cooking, cajoling and cleaning up.  The bathing, the fighting, the paci retrieving, the constant echo of “Mommy, mommy, mommy.” The Potty training.  Oh, the potty training. But there are a few things I’ve found that never get old, even after 7 years of motherhood. Here’s my list.  I’d love to hear yours.

Things that Never get Old about Having Kids - Toulouse & Tonic1.  That gut-busting giggle hysteria – you know the one – that causes your kid to clutch his stomach and roll over on his side to catch his breath – when he thinks something silly is really really hysterical. No one knows why my 2yo dissolves into giggle fits when we smell his feet, wave our hands in the air and say “STINKY!” But he does. And so does the older one. If I could bottle that laugh, I’d be the richest woman on earth.

2. Watching them when they don’t know you’re there. If I arrive for preschool pick-up a little early, I like to stand to the side before he sees me and watch him play. They’re so different when they don’t know I’m around.

3. Filling my hand full of french fries (or raisins or chips) and sticking it blindly into the backseat for them to take out of my hand while I’m driving.  I never get tired of the tickle of fat little fingers groping for the treat and the weightlessness in my hand as it’s taken out.  That’s very specific, I know. Maybe I’m just weird. Okay, yes I’m weird – for this and many other reasons.

4.  Watching them dance. (Watch it.  You’ll never get tired of it either.)

5. Christmas morning (or in our case Chrismukkah morning)Things that Never get Old about Having Kids - Toulouse & Tonic

6. That brief moment when all of you are getting along, laughing and playing in the sunshine.  Grab it.  If you’re experiencing it now, it’s almost over.

7. Hearing other people gush about how adorable your kids are.

8. Watching them sleep.

9. Getting homemade gifts like this:

Things that Never get Old about Having Kids - Toulouse & Tonic

10. Hearing “My mommy’s here!” along with shrieks of happiness when I pick them up from school.

11. Seeing them achieve things they’ve worked hard for, even if it’s just taking 5 steps across the floor without falling.

12. Watching them with their grandparents.Things that Never get Old about Having Kids - Toulouse & Tonic

13. Seeing them show affection for one another. (miracles do happen)Things that Never get Old about Having Kids - Toulouse & Tonic

14.  Playing airplane. (Okay it gets old after about 3 times but it’s awesome until then)Things that Never get Old about Having Kids - Toulouse & Tonic

15.  Car washes (as long as I’m just the one taking the pictures)Things that Never get Old about Having Kids - Toulouse & Tonic

16.  Watching them play with their father.

Things that Never get Old about Having Kids - Toulouse & Tonic

17. Kissing boo-boos.Things that Never get Old about Having Kids - Toulouse & Tonic

18.Watching them play their dad’s drums. (Notice I said “watching,” not “listening to”)

19. Being loved on by them.Things that Never get Old about Having Kids - Toulouse & Tonic

20. Having an awesome excuse to eat mac & cheese, chicken nuggets or ice cream 4 or 5 days a week.Things that Never get Old about Having Kids - Toulouse & Tonic

Now that you’ve looked at about a million pictures of my family, you’re one of us.  Go ahead and pop your email address into that little subscribe box below and you’ll get my new posts in your inbox (about 1-3 per week) and no spam ever.  That way you won’t ever miss out on any the family gossip. And there’s always gossip.

Most of these pictures came from my instagram feed.  If you’d like to follow along with my life in pictures, click here.

If you love pinterest like I do, let’s connect.  I’m here: Visit Toulouse and Tonic’s profile on Pinterest.

  1. Teri says:

    This is such a beautiful post! And I love the homemade gift. You look magnificent for your age and weight. It must be your amazing fashion sense that makes you look so young and thin. 😉

    1. Toulouse says:

      Thank you. Wearing all black really does work wonders for slimming. For my age issues, I just make sure everyone looks at me through a lens smeared with vaseline. : )
      XOXO my girl!

  2. Casey says:

    Hearing “Mommy! You are so pretty!” on a day when your hair hasn’t seen the right end of a hairbrush and you’re still wearing yesterday’s make-up.

    1. Toulouse says:

      Yes! My boys do that too. The oldest one sighs and says, “I can’t stop staring at you because you’re so beautiful.” And trust me, he’s saying this to me even at my worst.

  3. Carrie says:

    Number 10 is my favorite way to end a long work day – or any work day for that matter. It’s the best.

    1. Toulouse says:

      It really is! Some of the other parents are always like, “Man, I wish my kids were that glad to see me.” Momming like a boss! ; )

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