Toddler + Hurricane – Power = Insanity

Hey everyone!  Hurricane Irene stole my power and my internet for way too long but I’m back in the twenty-first century now, thank goodness.  Having a toddler and being without power is pretty much the worst thing ever.  I don’t know how the Amish do it.  Honestly, I don’t even want to talk about it.

Just kidding!  I totally do want to complain about it!  (Have you even met me?)  Here’s my list of the top ten worst things about having no power with a little kid.

1.  No TV to entertain your kid while you get ready for work or cook dinner.  (Well, Caro watches her shows on Netflix on my laptop because I don’t have cable, but same difference.)

2.  No hot water to bathe yourself or your kid in.  You choose: cold-showering a screaming toddler, or having a child perpetually covered in ketchup and worse.  I’ll leave it up to your imagination which option I chose.

3.  No power to your refrigerator or freezer, so all your food goes bad.

4.  No power to cook with.  Not that you have any food to cook because, remember, it all went bad in step #3.

5.  A really effing dark house after 8pm.

6.  No air conditioning or fans, unless you count the kind you fold out of paper accordion-style like you did in third grade, which I most certainly do not.

7.  No internet to play on after your kid goes to bed.  What am I supposed to do, read an actual book?  Like, on paper?? Ew.

8.  Actually, just kidding, your kid never goes to bed because the white noise machine doesn’t work without any power, so the issue of what to do with your alone time goes pretty much out the window.

9.  No electricity to wash your clothes or your cloth diapers, you dirty hippie, you.

10.  Did I mention there’s no TV to distract your child while you do what you need to do with no help because remember, you’re a single mom?  Because you’re me, in this scenario, in case I forgot to mention that.

Anyone else deal with nineteenth-century conditions as a result of the hurricane?  How did you make it through?  Anything to add to my list?

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  1. by Merks

    On September 1, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    On the plus side, you don’t need power to drink shiraz. ;)

  2. by Kristen @ Stress and Health Online

    On September 1, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    I live in Florida and have been through the whole hurricane thing. It is hard to know whether it is worse to stay and hang out in the heat and dark or evacuate and wait in traffic. Glad it is over for you!

  3. by Heather

    On September 2, 2011 at 6:08 am

    We just got our power last night. Since we have well water no power for us means no water at all! No flushing toilets. Luckily we got a small generator before the storm so we had our fridge/freezer.

  4. by Kelly

    On September 2, 2011 at 6:46 am

    RE #2- isn’t that sort of what baby wipes are for? ;-)

  5. by Carolyn

    On September 2, 2011 at 10:26 am

    What kind of white noise machine do you use for Caroline? I have been using a humidifier and the “nature noise” option on our Graco swing for my girls but I would really like to get something small and portable if it exists!

  6. by Julia

    On September 3, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Carolyn, I use this one: and also a fan.

  7. by Julia

    On September 3, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    (However, a major drawback is that it doesn’t run on batteries. And if there’s ANYTHING in my house that really SHOULD run on batteries, it’s the white noise machine. Mama needs her sleep. Just sayin.)