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I know I’ve talked about this before, but I’ve always felt called to be a mom. Before becoming a mom, it was something I really looked forward to. Now that I am a mom it’s the most important identity I have. I wouldn’t trade my two kiddos for anything in the world. Even though they are both in the dreaded toddler stage. While I’ll be the first to admit there are many, many difficult things about the toddler years, and plenty of days where I’m left wanting to pull my hair out, there are also some upsides to it. So here are the top 5 things about the toddler years.
1. Toddlers say the funniest things. One day soon I’m going to do a post just full of the ridiculous things my 3 year old says. She has me cracking up all day long. Sometimes I’ll ask her to do something and she’ll respond with “are you kidding me?” or just the way she understands things like when she says “mommy I hear a noise in my ears” or “I have hiccups in my mouth.” She also likes to tell people “my daddy is black!” (we think because he has black hair) and calls me “Claire Ms. Cervino mommy.” Seriously conversations with her are the best because you never know what is going to come out of her mouth. And okay Tripp is still learning to talk, but even for him sometimes he will throw his hands up and say YAAAAAYYY! Or his constant saying “I need, I need” – or sometimes he will just blurt out something random like when we were at dinner this week and he just looked up and said “Moana” (it’s his favorite movie) and then he said it repeatedly until Maddie Grace said “NO BUBBY WE AREN’T WATCHING MOANA.” I can’t wait for them to be able to converse with each other a little more because I know it’s going to be hilarious.
2. You can always count on them for snuggles. I dread the day when my kids outgrow cuddles. Right now they both love to snuggle up next to mommy for whatever we are doing. Watching movies, reading books, playing, or just because. And let’s be honest, I love it. Sometimes I’ll even try to get something done while they watch a movie and I’ll hear a little voice say “mommy come snuggle me” and obviously I pause whatever I’m doing and obey because there is nothing better in the entire world.
3. They aren’t embarrassed of you. Well, maybe. Sometimes Maddie Grace gets mad at me when I sing in the car so maybe she’s embarrassed of me then. But they don’t get embarrassed in the way older kids do. In fact they actually want to have you along when they play with their friends. And my kids at least definitely don’t want any privacy. In fact for the most part they thing the silly things me and their dad do are hilarious. Who knows how much longer that will last in the toddler years!
4. You can still take them to mommy and me activities. I’m going to be really sad when my kids start going off to activities on their own. I love getting to take them to hands on classes activities and being there with them through it. Music class, nature programs, library events, etc. One of the things I love about being a stay at home mom during these toddler years is just getting to be with them for all of these activities.
5. Watching them grow. I swear my kids both learn something new every single day. And watching their eyes light up when they make new discoveries is priceless. I love being there to see them learn and to help teach them new things. I was so impressed when a few days after talking to my daughter about the birds nest on our porch she pointed at it and said “look mommy there’s the nest that has eggs inside which are baby birdies – they are going to crack crack crack and then come out!”
So yes, despite the whining, tantrum throwing, grumpiness, and all the other downsides to toddlerhood, the toddler years are still magical and amazing and I know I am going to miss them so much when they are over. And these little ones are my world – I’d do anything to protect them and know that they deserve only the best. Whether you are a toddler mom, a teenage mom, or even caring for an elderly family member, Curad® has you covered. From bandages, gauze, first aid products, they have it all. Curad is not only hospital approved but it is life-tested™ for those who need it the most.
What are or have been your favorite things about the toddler years?