Don't get me wrong, I absolutely adore this age K is in. It is full of discovery and learning that is mind blowing some days. Unfortunately it is also a time of testing boundaries and perceived independence. It is especially obvious to me how different K is now because I have H to compare him to. By comparison, infants are EASY. Like all babies she requires time and attention too but the stress level with her is so much less. Maybe I'm just blessed with easy babies but it isn't hard to figure out how to handle H. She needs to sleep, be played with, be fed, and have a clean diaper. If I keep those aspects in check, she is a happy thriving little girl the vast majority of the time. It will get a little more difficult as she becomes increasingly mobile but my house is pretty child friendly by now.
K on the other hand is two now.
- Two year olds aren't just happy playing, sleeping and eating.
- Two year olds don't sit nicely in the shopping cart while you pick up the weekly essentials.
- Two year olds don't sit there and play with the toys you expect them to play with.
- Two year olds need to jump from activity to activity at a mind numbing rate.
- Two year olds wants to run all over the store and play hide and seek while you try your damnedest to get some shopping done.
- Two year olds throw said toys at the cat and then proceed to find a nice DVD to scratch and a junk drawer to dump out.
I think most first time moms go through this to some extent. It is hard to really grasp how much your child is truly learning until it smacks you in the face. This has caused me to really dig deep and think of what kind of parent I want to be and how I will go about teaching my child.