Do you sometimes look at your child and wonder where that gurgling baby disappeared to? Do you marvel at how big she’s getting or how fast she runs now? Do you miss being able to pee without a mini human banging on the door and demanding to know what you’re doing? Congratulations, you are now the proud owner/parent of a toddler.
The good news is your days of blending baby food, pumping breast milk and obsessing over the correct way to swaddle a baby are long gone. Yay! The bad news is, the stress of caring for a smarty pants little running machine whose idea of fun is climbing onto the couch and trying to launch herself off it into a pile of teddy bears, has only just begun.
Every stage of your child’s life has good as well as difficult components, and every time your little one graduates to the next stage, you suddenly think it’s the most difficult thing ever and wasn’t the last stage so much easier? I mean, here I am complaining about my not-yet-2 year old toddler and parents of preschoolers are probably snickering and thinking ‘wait till Lilly starts school’ while parents of even older kids are probably shaking their heads at us all and thinking ‘wait till they are teenagers!’
What I’m saying is that it (probably) never gets any easier, it just changes so that the types of difficulties you face are different in each stage. Kind of like the different levels of a video game but without a final boss whose defeat will ‘end’ the game.
How very comforting.
Are you sure there’s no secret illuminati type organisation of parenthood out there that awards medals to those who make it through the battles with babies, toddlers and teens and retain their sanity? No? No awards for fighting the eat-something-damn-it battle on a daily basis, or making it through countless bedtime battles without running away screaming into the night? How about an Honorary mention for all the date-nights and romantic interludes sacrificed for the sake of the children or at least a certificate for making it through potty training? No?
Are you absolutely sure?
Ok.. So can we start one?