I vaguely remember my life pre-child. Sleeping in, drinking hot cups of coffee, eating hot food while watching a TV channel other than Disney Jr. Heck I think I even have memories of being able to read more than two pages of a book before passing out in exhaustion! Or talking to my husband about something other than our child, bills or our ever growing to do list around the house.
Parenthood is wonderful. It is also exhausting. We have entered the tantrum stage and I swear he knows to throw one just when they are least welcome. Middle of aisle five at the grocery store because I wouldn’t let him climb the store shelves? Of course. Out at the park because we need to leave? A given. Before or after his bath because he hates transitions? Why not. And trying to put a diaper on him lately is like wrangling a snake. He hates it and won’t sit still. He won’t use a potty either so wrangling him it is. I have taken to whatever distraction necessary to change his diaper. Want to play with mommy’s phone? No, OK, how about this Ipad? No? OK, here are a pair of scissors…..ugh of course those would peak your interest….
We have had to remove EVERY bar stool from our kitchen because he has become fixated with climbing them and then onto the kitchen counters. Which that alone is bad but then he proceeds to throw everything off the counters onto the floor, which in turn makes me a hysterical mess….it has not been a pretty sight at times in the Thomas household lately.
But when the going is good it is amazingly beautiful. He loves to cuddle up on our laps now with his blankets and will just turn around randomly to give us a hug. I melt every time he does that. His mental capacity to figure things out is growing leaps and bounds everyday. He is talking more. Understanding more. He understands what we say so much now that we have started spelling out words we don’t want him to hear. The problem with that is mom is NOT a great speller, apparently….
He will be 22 months in a few days. Almost two years old. I am continually grateful that he has come into my life and even though we have a lot of the these crazy days in our house currently, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. If you are in the thick of toddler life like me, remember you are not alone. And people tell me there is this thing coming up in a few years where the kid goes to this place for the whole day and you get the house to yourself. It is free and they are taken care of by a whole team of people. I hear it is called school…..