Many say a baby turns into a toddler at 12 months of age. However, I started seeing my baby turn into a toddler several months before her first birthday. There are things I love about this stage of her life and others which are a sheer bug bear. Little E is now 13 months old and she’s becoming more and more independent with each day and a right little character is emerging.
There was no one day that I felt she stopped being a baby. Instead, various things happened and traits appeared and before I knew it I was dealing with my first toddler tantrum. So, if you’re baby is edging towards his or hers first birthday, here’s some of the things I contend with on a daily basis with my toddler.
She tries to put her own shoes on
I take them out of the shoe rack and before I know it she’s toddled off with them and is sitting on the floor trying to get them on her feet.
She throws tantrums
I tell her not to touch the fire, I take the remote off her or stop her eating the dog’s biscuits and she’s wailing at the top of her voice.
I wash her clothes with ours
Gone are the days of separate loads, it all goes in together now.
She tries to get out the front door before me
I open the door and she’s there like a rocket raring to go. Luckily, we have steps to the side of her house to climb before we get to our drive and she hasn’t mastered them yet.
She cries when I try to put Corrie on
Cbeebies should never be sacrificed for any soap. EVER!
She doesn’t keep still
She’s never the right way round, or where I left her. Why sit on the sofa when you can run across it or hang over the edge?
…which means she’s always got a bruise or two
Her current favourite game is to hold a pillow in front of her face while walking. As you can imagine, she bumps into things and falls over and she thinks it’s the funniest thing ever.
She throws the food she doesn’t like out of the shopping trolley
Remind me never to take her shopping again! On top of this, she steals my shopping list and pen.
She doesn’t listen
Selective hearing kicks in whenever I say her name followed by ‘no’.
Brushing her teeth sets off WWIII
She kicks, screams and hides her face as soon as she catches a glimpse of her toothbrush. Most of the time it’s just her tongue that gets a good brushing as she uses it to hide her teeth.
But it’s not all bad. She is amazing in so many ways, I love her to pieces and I truly wouldn’t be without her. As she waves goodbye to her daddy ever morning I see how much she lives him. When she blows me a kiss at dinner time I know how thankful she is. When she claps at herself she melts my heart and when she clings to my legs I know she feels safe with me. Little E you are the best daughter, sidekick and friend I could have ever asked for and I love you.