So you have a sweet little bundle of joy and you are wondering, “what comes next? what will it be like when they are toddlers?!” Well just keep on reading and I will tell you all about toddlers.
Messier than Babies
There might be times where you look at a little baby and shudder just thinking about all the messy faces you have to wipe up, the millions of diapers they fill EACH DAY, and the snotty crusty noses that need to constantly be wiped up. Now imagine all that, only now the baby runs away from you when you try to clean them up. Not only that but you try to teach them to clean up their own messes and you end up wanting to pull out your hair because they just ignore all 10 times that you repeat what you are asking them to do.
They are Fast
Toddlers are serious athletes. You would think that given their size that you could easily outrun them. In most cases this is true, but throw in their boundless energy and their ability to slip away from you without a sound, and they already have a major head start. And they love watching you try and catch them as they run through the grocery store, jumping in front of each cart! It’s hilarious to them!
While their blossoming personality is adorable, it can be irritating.
It has been one of the greatest joys to watch my son grow from a sweet baby into a little boy. He is such a sweet kid and while I love watching him grow and learn and be silly, I’ve also watched his not-so-cute personality traits develop. The main one is stubbornness. It takes all of my willpower in order to get my child to do anything he doesn’t want to do. And sometimes he will say no to doing things that he actually wants to do, but because I asked it of him, he says no. With an angry little face too!
They talk. A LOT.
As my little boy started learning new words and then forming sentences, the wordsmith in me was jumping for joy. It is incredible how children go from not being able to talk to suddenly being able to say one word, then five, then one hundred. Their little minds are truly sponges. I never thought I could ever get tired of hearing him actually talking. Fast-forward to our trip to Wendy’s where he was continuously yelling, “Mom! I want chicken nuggets!”
They are freaking hilarious
This is one that I’m sure doesn’t surprise you! Having the ability to speak with little knowledge as to what words actually mean creates hilarious situations! Not only that but their sense of humor really starts to show. My son started saying “just kidding” all the time with a little chuckle after. It’s the cutest and funniest thing, and he has no idea what he’s talking about.
They copy everything you do.
You may have heard this before, and it’s extremely true. Not only do they copy the words you say, but they start to mimic your actions. Little boy already has picked up on my dance moves. Obviously he is going to rock it at the club someday….You get to start recognize how much they are like you or your significant other.
They typically are not friends with each other
Have you ever heard of something called parallel play? It is a common occurrence among toddlers where two kids may be playing in the same area but they have little interest in including each other in their play. They prefer to do their own thing, and often times become upset when someone else tries to play with them. Also the friendships that do exist are very fragile. If one dares to take the dinosaur the other one set down, it’s over. They are not friends ANYMORE! There will always be mommies that imply that their kids are “best friends!!”. Their children are probably unaware of this friendship.
Classes for toddlers in the community cost an arm and a leg, and you’ll want to do them all.
There are SO many awesome classes for your little one!! From swimming classes to music classes, you’ll want to try them all. That’s awesome! Try as many as you can, because they are really fun and a great way to meet other moms. However they can be very expensive. For example, we attended music class and it cost around $170 for two times a month for 4 months! I felt that to be a bit high. I think we will go ahead and stick to the FREE story time at the library. Yay!
The sweet moments become even sweeter.
Your little one is no long all that little anymore! They are growing bigger and smarter and more independent each and every day. Those sweet little moments where they actually want to cuddle with you are few and far between. Those times when you wish your child would just stop touching you for five seconds become times where you wish they would just let you hug them for more than five seconds. These moments are precious and will be cherished forever.
What are some interesting things you have discovered about toddlers? Comment below and let us know!