I write this today, feeling like no longer a mother of an infant, but a full fledged toddler. It changed in an instant it seems, and now I am desperate for tips, tricks, book recommendations. I feel like I am frantically asking everyone because I fear I will “mess up” this crucial age. It is no longer caring for a baby, it is molding a persons life!
My son turned 15 months old last week and BOOM, not a baby. He started running, climbing, growling, yelling “no” and so on. I wanted to cry as we sat in the doctors office last week, and he opened cabinets, swatted the doctors hands away, tried to open the door and leave. I just sat there, thinking, ‘where is my baby? who is this kid? who’s kid IS THIS?’ ha.
I find myself at a challenging shift as a mother. I kind of don’t know how to deal with it, or better yet, how to accept it and just keep moving. Keeping up with this toddler boy is kicking my butt. I know so many moms say the baby stage ends quickly, but I rarely hear anyone say its a hard transition into toddlerhood. I am finding it very hard. Its sad in some ways, tiring in most.
Don’t get me wrong, this age is also fun. Learning who he is is a complete joy. It is fun hearing him talk and seeing him learn. We were sorting laundry the other day and he found one of his baby socks, and he tried putting it on his foot. I don’t think he’s worn socks in 6 months so this surprised me and we laughed. He also loves yelling at our dog, Delilah, saying “da-la-la!”. Its so cute. I love this little active boy of mine.
But seriously, I need book recommendations.