10 Things I Love About Toddlers
If your toddler is anything like mine, he can go from happy to full blown tantrum mode in a matter of seconds. He can tear apart a newly cleaned room in a matter of minutes. He can whine like nobody’s business and is pretty good at screaming too. He’s also into everything and has already figured out how to remove those “childproof” light socket plugs. One minute he wants to do it himself and the next minute he’s clinging to my leg.
I can totally relate to Tricia’s post about being ill equipped for this mom-of-a-toddler gig. I feel the same way. Toddlerhood is plain exhausting. Rewarding, amazing, wonderful and exhausting. It’s also my favorite age so far. You heard me correctly, I love this age. Temper tantrums and all. I might have a bit of a different perspective because Logan had colic for the first 3 months of his life and all I really remember from those sleep deprived days was crying. Non-stop crying. It had no where to go but up from there! And with each passing month, it just keeps getting better.
Here’s what I love so much about toddlers, despite their constant mood swings.
1. They are like little sponges. I’m constantly amazed at how much my toddler actually understands. He learns something new on a daily basis and it’s incredible seeing the little gears in his head turn.
2. They sleep better, so you sleep better. Back in the newborn days, I averaged 2-3 hours of sleep a night. We still have our sleepless nights and early mornings, but for the most part I’m not a walking zombie anymore.
3. They’re hilarious and they know it. Logan loves making me laugh and he makes sure to applaud himself when he does.
4. Their sloppy kisses and squishy hugs. Even if I’m gone for just an hour, I’m sure to be greeted with a giant kiss and hug when I get home. There’s nothing better!
5. They can better communicate their needs. Motherhood got a little easier when Logan started being able to tell me what he wanted.
6. They are fearless. They don’t worry about what other people think or worry about the what if’s.
7. They’re little parrots. If I’m in the kitchen cooking breakfast, Logan will grab his little pots and pans and cook along with me.
8. They love to help and sometimes it’s actually helpful. Putting toys away is a big game for Logan and he loves “sweeping”.
9. They’ve got the best dance moves. Watching Logan wiggle and shake to the music is the best part of my day!
10. Everything is new and exciting to them. Logan’s imagination and creativity amazes me. Give him a few pipe cleaners and a colander and that will keep him busy for an hour.