6 Things I Don't Love About the Toddler Phase
It's hard to believe that my baby daughter is already 16 months old, which means she's no longer technically considered a baby. Nope, now she's a full-on toddler exhibiting all the new and exciting traits that toddlerhood brings. And though I enjoy and appreciate everything about this phase, there are some things about it that are a bit challenging. Of course, I love my sweet toddler through and through, every bit of her. I'm just saying that there are things characteristic of the toddler age that I'm not necessarily crazy about.
The Picky Eater Part
Do I love that she can now eat regular table foods with the rest of us? YES! No more orange or pea-green puree leaving orange and pea-green colored stains on the neckline of every onesie (even with a bib!) Do I love that even though she can eat table foods, she regularly refuses to eat most table foods with the exception of the odd edamame bean or corn dog bite? No. No, I don’t love that.
Hating to Wear Clothes
Sometime between about 3 months ago and now, my toddler developed an extreme hatred of clothes. It doesn’t matter how soft or how cozy the fabric is. It doesn’t matter if there is an adorable kitten appliqué across the front of it. She loathes all things clothing. Trying to dress her is probably no different than trying to put jeggings on a bucking bronco… If broncos wore jeggings.
The foot-stomping, arm-flailing, eagle-screeching tantrum. It’s not one of my favorite things that my toddler does. She’s old enough to know what she likes and dislikes now, and she knows how to communicate it. There’s no question about what she’s trying to communicate when she melts down in a tantrum—SHE’S PISSED!!!!
Dropping to One Nap a Day
One nap a day means 1) that she isn’t the sleeping little swaddled baby she was just yesterday (tear), and 2) there’s now only one small window of time a day to tackle all those things on your to-do list that are nearly impossible to accomplish when your toddler is awake.
How They Somehow Manage to Get Into EVERYTHING
Put mom’s lipstick on? Sure! Unravel every roll of toilet paper in the house? OK. Help myself to some string cheese in the fridge? Don’t mind if I do.
The Whole Potty-Training Thing
Though she’s not quite there–yet–just knowing potty-training is on the horizon makes me have to close my eyes and go back to my happy place, which is a place where there is no running into the grossest gas station bathroom with your toddler who has pooped her pants after repeatedly answering your question “do you have to go poo poo?” with a firm and convincing “no.” And conversely, that place is also where you don’t spend hours of the day watching your toddler sit on the toilet with no results because you do NOT want that gas station scenario to happen.
Sure, there's a part of me that's sad to see my baby girl grow so quickly out of the precious baby phase and into being a curious toddler. But the toddler phase is such an exciting and fun time for me. My daughter is still such a little pip squeak, but so much more aware and able to express herself. Here are just 10 things that I love about this time.view gallery
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