I love Pumpkin more than I can ever put in words. But we have reached a stage in life where my adorable baby girl is replaced by an opinionated, stubborn and upset toddler. We are in the depths of toddlerhood and I have to say…it’s not fun.
The worst part is I know she can’t help it. She’s being flooded with impulses, messages, learning. It’s like information overload all the time. She’s not able to have a release like going to watch bad reality tv, like we do as adults. So all that information just bubbles up inside until she’s just about had it.
We’re just in the beginning throws of toddlerhood and I know it can get much much worse. But I hope and pray that I have patience to deal with it. I want her to be independent and to be stubborn. I want those feelings to drive her to want to figure things out, to learn and to be the best human she can be. But until then…we are experiencing the following lovely moments brought to us by an adorable toddler that I love.
Pumpkin refuses to eat anything.
That actually looks funnier than most nights. As a baby, we were proud parents bragging how well our little one ate. We could take her anywhere and feed her anything. Well..now anything is eggs, pancakes, grapes, squeezpacks, and strawberries. Getting her to eat meat is near impossible. I keep thinking she’ll get sick of the other stuff but she doesn’t seem to be letting up. Meanwhile, I’m cooking for a party of one that doesn’t want to order.
But I don’t want to come inside mom.
Yes, our pumpkin is so close to walking. For that we are incredibly grateful. But…when I come home from work and have to start her bath, dinner, our dinner, wash clothes, and get her bag ready for the next day, the last thing I want is a refusal to come inside the house. Which is what happens every single day. We walk around for about 15 minutes and she does not want to come inside. Lately I have to trick her to come inside. But once inside…mommy can’t go out. Or we have full toddler meltdown.
Captain..we’ve found our voice!
Pumpkin may not be talking, but oh is she making sounds. Talking in her own way complete with pointing makes what was previously fun relaxing shopping trips, now mad rushes through the store. As long as I have snacks (which I carry EVERYWHERE) and she wants those snacks we are okay. Otherwise, she has learned that the louder she gets, the more attention she gets from everyone. Isn’t that awesome? There is no inside voice anymore. Pumpkin announces her arrival and expects everyone to notice.
I have a bad feeling we’re just at the beginning of all this and there are more changes coming. I will continue to be patient, loving and supportive throughout it all. As long as there is “mommy juice (wine)” ready for me after pumpkin goes to bed.
What do you do to help your toddler through this stage? Any tips?