5 Things I will Miss as My Toddler Grows Up
5 Things I will Miss as My Toddler Grows Up By Tori Gabriel at the Adultier Adult
A while ago I wrote a post about Baby Things I Can’t Wait To Be Rid Of. I can’t wait to ditch the nappies and the potty and the huge stationary play saucer that takes up most of my living room. I am also eagerly waiting for Upsy Daisy to fall off her pedestal of power; I bloody HATE Upsy Daisy.
However, every day The Toddler is getting older and changing in so many ways. Here is a quick list of things I am going to miss:
I am so lucky that The Toddler is still having afternoon naps. She goes down for a good couple of hours which gives me the exciting opportunity to do the washing up or do a washload or hoover the front room. Sometimes The Baby naps at the same time and I feel like I’ve won the lottery! When that happens I have the chance to do the big jobs like clean out the oven or sort out the outgrown baby clothes. However, most of the time I think “sod that” and have a nap too!
Still, I know these days are numbered and pretty soon she’ll be dropping her naps in favour of painting on the walls and getting glitter in the DVD player. I. Am. Dreading. It.
2. Calling me Mummy
It’s happened already. The Toddler called me Mum. Just Mum. It felt so wrong. I’m Mummy. She’s my baby. Mum is for when they are teenagers and are rolling their eyes at you and firing off sarcastic one liners. I corrected her and I think I’ll get to be Mummy for a while yet but the day I permanantly become Mum will be the day I lock myself in the bathroom and cry over how fast time has flown.
The Toddler is just getting into Lazytown and I couldn’t be happier (oh yes, Upsy Daisy – your popularity is declining, you little bitch).
For those who haven’t seen Lazytown, the main character “Sportacus” is a slightly-above-average hero (that’s their description, not mine) who eats healthy food and gets lots of exercise. I remember being amazed a few years back when my (then) five year old niece refused a biscuit claiming “sugar meltdown” and demanded an apple instead! That is the power of Lazytown.
However, it’s not the healthy message that I like so much, it’s the fact that I find Sportacus rather cute. Go ahead and judge me but it’s rather slim pickings on kids TV. Mr. Maker isn’t much of a looker, Mr. Bloom is too busy getting down with his vegetables and Mr. Tumble is frankly terrifying. I like Sportacus’ accent and his moustache and his acrobatics and I am so glad to have the excuse to watch it again. I hope it stays flavour of the month for a good long while yet.
4. The Magic
Let’s face it, kids are gullible. You can tell them anything and they believe you. My Toddler thinks fairies live in her bedroom and that Mummy can do magic with them. In truth I am using thumb tips with a lightbulb in the end but at the moment she is convinced they are fairies and I am dreading the day she loses that innocence.
5. Her Babyhood
I remember people telling me “it goes so fast” when The Toddler was a newborn and I remember thinking “how can years and years go by fast?” I get it now. It’s true. It is passing by in a flash and already there is a little girl standing where my baby used to be. I love that little girl with every fibre of my being but I am already mourning the loss of the baby she once was.
I guess the whole point of my post is: shit is unpleasant, sleepless nights are hard and I’m sure I’m not the only one who has cried into a wet pair of knickers over a childs’ refusal to potty train but don’t be in too much of a hurry to wave these things goodbye.
They aren’t little forever.