The past four months have been full of lots of growth and learning. I am quite literally amazed by my little girl. Yes, little girl. Feels weird to even say that, because she’ll always be my baby. But, she’s growing up. Faster than we could have prepared for. She’s 28 months, but in some ways so very wise beyond her years.
I know parents tend to think their kid is amazing, no matter what. And of course I think that of my girl. But I also like to consider myself a realist. Like, I don’t think my child is a perfect angel, who behaves all the time and does no wrong. Because, that just isn’t true. Sure, her behavior, sassy attitude and downright orneriness is typical of her age, but it’s still frustrating to deal with sometimes. That’s real talk, friends. I love my kid more than life itself, but some days…some days I wonder how we will survive the teenage years if it’s actually worse than toddlerhood.
But, despite any frustrations that come with being the parent of a toddler, she definitely makes me smile more than she ruffles my feathers. She is truly so smart and perceptive that it’s hard to believe she’s just two, sometimes. Her vocabulary and the complex sentences she puts together – and actually understands what she’s saying – are astounding to me as a parent. She’s also the sweetest, funniest little ball of energy around. She loves to play, be silly, and snuggle. All on her own time and terms, of course!
We had such a fun Christmas with her this year. The first year she knows what’s going on, with Santa, the tree, and presents. So. Much. Fun.
On other fronts of toddler milestones – we have begun potty training. We got her a potty seat awhile ago, and just ask her periodically if she wants to sit on it, but she’s showing more interest these days, and we made a sticker chart that she is loving. She’s already filled up one row and earned a “surprise” and is definitely incentive for her to keep going.
But we’re keeping it casual and not pressuring her. We just ask her in the mornings and throughout the day on the weekends if she wants to go potty, and most of the times she says yes and actually goes! We make a big deal and clap and then she gets to put a sticker on the chart. My hope is to have the potty training process complete by the time she is 2 1/2 and THEN we’ll work on getting rid of the pacifiers. Mama ain’t ready for that battle just yet.
All-in-all, our sweet girl is growing, thriving, and amazing us every day. It really is all going by so quickly. I see pictures when she was an infant and can’t believe how much she’s grown and changed, in what feels like such a short time. And so much change yet to come!!