- The dust-bunnies start hop-hop-hopping across your living room.
- The tips of your kids’ bikes sprout through the snow.
- Your vacuum sucks up the last of the 137-piece toy Grandma gave the kids for Christmas.
- Your snowman is now a big snowball with eyes and the scarf you’ve been looking for since Valentine’s Day.
- The days are longer. (They just seemed longer during the winter).
- The sun rises earlier. And so does your son. And daughter.
- Your kids bring home a spring school project — lions made from yarn and lambs made from cotton balls — which immediately join the dust bunnies in the living room.
- You finally get the snowsuits on the triplets.
- Your toddler, who just got over her fear of the Santa Claus at the mall, is traumatized by the sight of a giant rabbit in a floral vest waving to her outside Sears.
- For the first time since November, “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” DVD is available at the video store.
- The baby finally learns to crawl – right through your freshly planted flowerbeds.
- The sun streams through the window, melting the Ho-Ho someone left on the recliner.
- Mud coats the rock salt in your mini-van’s door runners, allowing them open more smoothly.
- It’s time to sign the kids up for summer camp and fall sports.
- Spring Fever replaces the low-grade fever your pre-schooler had pretty much all winter.
Portions of this list originally appeared in Parenting magazine.
Check it out: Jen Singer’s Are You Ready for Toddlerhood? is in the March issue of American Baby magazine.