The Joys Of Parenthood

I never realized how much I would come to appreciate a good vacuum cleaner.

Almost every day I vacuum. I vacuum our rug in the living room and I vacuum our kitchen. I don’t like to clean. I really don’t. Some people enjoy making a place sparkle. Me? Not so much.

But everyday there are crumbs. Little pieces of food end up everywhere. Everywhere.

Even when Alex isn’t actively throwing his food from his highchair or smooshing crackers with his foot into the floor, there are still crumbs. Crumbs, crumbs, crumbs.

People always say that little kids are snot-machines. I disagree. Little kids are crumb machines. I don’t know where the crumbs come from. There are times when I do, like when I let Alex eat crackers in the living room. Obviously that is going to be a mess. Obviously when Alex eats crackers in the living room there are going to be crumbs everywhere.

But then, somehow, the crumbs end up in the kitchen, too. And in the dining room. And on the stairs leading upstairs.

And then, after I vacuum, there are more crumbs. Even when there is no food around, when meals are long done and the only food is in its appropriate place in the kitchen, little bits appear around the house. Where they come from? Nobody knows.

Little kids are crumb machines. They walk around producing crumbs.

Watching the big kids

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13 thoughts on “The Joys Of Parenthood

  1. I can relate! Chloe loves throwing her food from the highchair too. Sometimes you just can’t vacuum enough… and I too hate cleaning 🙂

  2. OMG. I KNOW. It’s insane. And right now we have to keep our house Super Duper Clean for buyers to come see, and WOW is that tough. I’m starting to wonder if my kid is actually made of bread and she’s sloughing off extra crumbs she doesn’t need or something.

  3. Oh yes! They shed crumbs and toys. Everywhere. Constantly. And you would think the dogs could keep up with the crumbs, and they do a decent job, but the crumbs keep coming!

  4. Wuzzle is just learning to eat and she is already a crumb machine!!! Of course she gets that from hubby who still hasn’t grown out of it at 29!

  5. Dude – you vacuum DAILY?! I’m in awe. I let my maid vacuum and my husband vacuums the week she doesn’t come. That means we do it once a week. I guess I just ignore the crumbs and/or am a slob.

  6. I always wanted one of those bibs that catches stuff and then I figured you could mold the crumbs into like a cake. And save money.

  7. Ah yes, the crumb factor. Or rather “crumb factory.” I have one too…and I feel like I constantly need to vacuum. Good thing our dog takes care of the big pieces 🙂

  8. Ah, how I miss those days. Actually, my son (first grade) still leaves a trail behind. I hope Alex outgrows it!

    PS. Can I have you come to my house to vaccuum every day?!

  9. That’s why you need a dog!

    Seriously, with my first I never really noticed the crumb thing. But before we had our second, our dog passed away 😦 The crumbs all over the house and the food on the kitchen floor are out of control.

    I miss my puppy for a lot of reasons, but his dedication to crumb control is high on the list.

  10. OMG. I KNOW. It’s insane. And right now we have to keep our house Super Duper Clean for buyers to come see, and WOW is that tough. I’m starting to wonder if my kid is actually made of bread and she’s sloughing off extra crumbs she doesn’t need or something.

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