Dear Lorrin,

In just a few short days, I’ll never be the mommy of a one year old again.

My baby boy is turning 2 this weekend, and I can’t believe it.

BRING IT, TODDLERHOOD!

He will no longer be considered a baby. He’ll have moved on to the toddler category.
His days of diapers and pacifiers are numbered.
He won’t need his blankie soon.
I won’t be rocking him to sleep and singing twinkle twinkle, little star soon.
Before I know it, he won’t need me to do anything for him.
He won’t want me to hold him, or his hand.
I love the 18 -24 month age. With Finley, it was just the two of us. We had so much one-on-one time. We did flash cards and story time. We had baby gym classes and baby playdates that were more for the moms than the babies. With Landry, we always had an excuse for being unable to do it. Finley’s schedule got in the way or nap time was right smack dab in the middle of an activity (you know i don’t EVER skip naps!) And now here I am, with February 14 right in front of me, and I’ve done nothing for Landry’s “baby months”. I know, it’s silly. He doesn’t seem to be lacking in anything developmentally. He doesn’t know all of his letters like Finley did at this age, but he’s a smart boy. He’s happy for the most part (until he’s unhappy, woof). I’m just sad I never offered him what I offered to Finley.
And now I can’t go back. Which brings me to the plus side of not having a 1 year old any longer.
He’s 2!
Again, I say, Bring it, Toddlerhood!
He’s communicating now. He can tell me with words what he wants or needs and for the most part, what is hurting or not feeling well.
He plays really well by himself while I’m cooking dinner or doing laundry. I don’t have to wait for nap times to get anything done.
He can feed himself.
He is (on his way to being) a better traveler.
He can stand in water (I don’t have to tell you how stressful the pool was last year).
He can help to clean up (huzzah!)
The bright side of no longer having a “baby” is the opportunity to do much more with the kids now. We can go to the indoor water park and know that they are both getting something out of it. We can go pick strawberries on all 8 feet. We can travel without having to plan out if the hotel bathroom is big enough to keep a pack n play.
Yes, i am sad that soon he won’t need me to hold him, but he won’t remember the days where he was being held. He’ll remember these days to come, and I want to make some really incredible memories with these 2. so, go ahead, and bring it, toddlerhood!
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bring it, toddlerhood! — 4 Comments

  1. How do you know this is THE last time? I have two littles and have been struggling day in and out whether or not to have another. Two makes sense but then I wonder if I will regret it. I love your confidence in this decision and envy it.

    • Hi Kelly!! I will always miss the smell of newborn breath, the newborn snuggles, the gummy, toothless smiles, and the day of delivery (my favorite!), but I KNOW because I’m not sad about it. I never planned on having just 2. I always wanted 3 or 4, but my hands and heart are both full with 2. I don’t know that I am equipped to be the mother of more than 2 and I am ok with admitting that. My husband always says, “quality over quantity” when someone asks if we’ll have more. I think we just feel more comfortable investing all of our time, effort, finances, and LOVE into these two sweet things that we have. We still spread ourselves thin; two is not easy by any means, but I also think that three would be unfair (in our house). Some people make 4 or 5 kids look like a walk in the park. I would be a disaster.
      We loved the baby stages of our kids. But we are ready for the next chapter(s)!!

      xo,
      A

  2. Oh my goodness. Cue the waterworks and someone hand me a box of tissues! Amber you have made me, as a mom of two with a similar age gap between, feel better about how difficult it is to look back at baby #1 vs baby #2. Happy early birthday to Mr Landry! :)

    • Thank you so much for getting back to me! Everything you say is exactly how I feel. Ahhhh amazing how a common mind can put you at ease. Your blog is great, it’s so funny I just happened to stumble onto your blog and you happened to be talking about the never ending question I have which prompted me to read each and every post. I plan to continue to follow and will pass along to friends and family. Thanks and best of luck to you and your adorably FULL family!

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