Two Toddlers And No More Babies

I’ve recently had to accept that our daughter is no longer a baby. She’s now a fully fledged toddler. I’m not sure what the characteristics are for a toddler, but she’s been walking for months (9 months – I know!), she’s this side of 1 and she throws herself around without fear, like a toddler? She’s known as the destructive one, she won’t walk round it, she’ll always walk through it.

I’ve tried to hold on to her babyness for as long as possible. The chances of us having another baby are slim to none, so calling her a baby, perhaps longer than needed, made me feel comfortable with her being our final child. Doesn’t it also sound a little easier, than saying you’re an exhausted (but proud) owner of TWO Toddlers.

I’d like to say I will miss having a baby, but I’d be lieing. I won’t miss the bottle/breast feeds, the early starts and late finishes, the regular night feeds, the difficulty doing ANYTHING AT ALL. It’s no easier now with toddlers, in fact, some days I cry because I find it all near impossible. But the rewards you get from Children growing up are the chats you have, about silly things like birds in trees, the cuddles that they mean, the hilarious things they say and do and if you’re a blogger, that tantrum in the shop may have been mortifying, but makes for a brilliant blog post right? It may still be a ball ache to leave the house (minus the actual owning of balls) but they’re a little more cooperative now and it was good riddance to that first stage, car seat faff. I hated that carseat.

With a toddler it’s a relief when they can say what they need, you don’t have to guess why they’re crying, sometimes just because. You can reason with them. Sometimes. Toddlers are animated with their wants and needs and sometimes, even when they receive what they asked for, they don’t actually want it and they’re furious that they’ve even been given it – let the tantrums commence.

For me, I’m happy that they’re growing up, I’m at peace with leaving the baby stage behind. Of course I will miss those cuddles, that cuteness and babies are a different kind of hard work (but they can be sat safely in a bouncer while you watch Wendy Williams).

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Two toddlers makes for a constant flow of ‘something to do’. Something to clean up, somewhere to go, someone to feed, someone to play with, someone’s bum to wipe. Outings are a little more hands on, one holding your hand while the other tries to break free from the stroller, it’s not easy and it makes me sweat far too much. There’s little or no ‘down time’ and I crave respite from it all quite often, but this is our life now and we do really enjoy it. Two Toddlers and no more babies, it’s a perfect situation to be in (just rather frustrating and emotional at times, they’ll forever be my babies).

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  1. December 12, 2015 / 11:31 am

    My favourite age was 2yrs so toddler years were the best for us! She could talk and say cute things but I can’t imagine having two! It goes by way too fast, enjoy it while it lasts ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. December 12, 2015 / 11:35 am

    Woweeee! 2 toddlers…double trouble! My mummy can barely cope with one!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ #Justanotherlinky x

  3. December 12, 2015 / 1:46 pm

    I did the same thing with the toddler label. Mine was four and in preschool and it got pointed out to me that she really wasn’t a toddler anymore. It all goes by too fast

  4. December 13, 2015 / 2:05 am

    Yes still holding on to my youngest being a ‘baby’, though she is definitely a toddler! Toddlers are fun, though. #justanotherlinky

  5. December 13, 2015 / 8:22 pm

    Oh it just goes so, so fast. My daughter is 18 months so I really get it and I called me son (4) a toddler for ages I was in denial but he is just not a toddler anymore in the least. Sometimes you just want to freeze time for a little bit don’t you?

  6. December 18, 2015 / 7:07 pm

    It goes way to fast doesn’t it? Both of my girls are children not babies or toddlers ๐Ÿ™ So fast.
    Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky

  7. December 18, 2015 / 8:02 pm

    I know exactly how you feel, my now 2 year old is still my baby lol. They grow up to quickly but I also feel the same about how life gets easier. Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

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