My baby girl turns TWO! Really, not my baby anymore. She's a person!
I couldn't be more honored to be the mama she chose to witness her transformation from baby to
However, the miraculous milestones of toddlerhood give this mama equal opportunity to celebrate, and to complain. Half the time I'm down with the peace sign for two, the other half flipping the bird!
Here's what I mean about toddler schizophrenia:
My toddler has her own personality!
She insists on wearing a hat in eight degree weather, decides she only wants cake for breakfast or refuses to get into a car seat without a huge commotion.
She puts on her clothes all by herself!
After an hour's worth of effort.
She can undress herself too!
She understands cause and effect!
She opens the refrigerator to dump out the contents of an entire can of coffee or bag of walnuts.
She has a mouth full of baby teeth!
Which she uses to bite the cat, her parents and friends in baby classes.
She climbs up onto her chair to eat all by herself!
She climbs onto tables, bookcases and over various barriers meant to contain her.
She can talk!
Whine, say "no" and imitate my curse words with great precision and impeccable inflection.
She can walk!
Into a crowd or oncoming traffic.
She's gotten so big!
She can reach up onto kitchen counters and other surfaces that contain dangerous objects like knives and pens.
She's even tall enough to reach up and hold my hand when we're walking together!
She refuses to hold my hand when we're walking together.
She can run too!
Away from me after placing beads, pebbles and other random debris in her mouth that she's found on the ground and that are dirty and/or may result in choking.
She eats with a fork!
The fork makes a perfect catapult to propel food away from the table.
She's old enough for potty training!
Oh, yeah, we need to start potty training.
She throws a ball!
Or rocks, blocks and other heavy yet aerodynamic objects capable of breaking windows and/or causing bodily harm.
She likes to draw!
On walls, furniture, expensive family heirlooms and the entire length of her body.
Happy Birthday, sweet girl! I marvel at my growing, learning, curious beauty, who embraces the world with arms wide open!
When she's not making me want to pull my hair out.
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