Friday, September 24, 2010
My Baby Can Yell "NO!" Louder Than Your Baby
My baby is becoming a child, and all I can say is "Thank God!"
I know that sounds bipolar, considering most the time I'm lamenting the swiftness of time and trying to figure out how to make it stop and keep Princess #4 a baby forever.
BUT. There are a few things about having a baby that I won't miss all that much. And for those things, I'm thankful that we are entering the toddler stage.
Words, for example. Princess #4 is opinionated. Oh, does she have an opinion. And wow does she like to express it. Which is quite frustrating for all of us when her expression is limited to screaming and screeching. Not that it's ideal to have a small child yelling "NO!" at you all the time either, but at least now I know for sure where she stands. Besides, have you seen a small child the size of your thigh yell "No!" over and over? It's pretty stinkin' funny. At least the first few times.
And sleep. This is a no-brainer right? The one thing that consumes new parents from the moment their blessed bundled is handed to them. Precious sleep. Oh how happy I am to leave behind the nights of waking 2-3 (or in Princess #2's case, 4-5) times a night. Of course, I'm still up a few times a night, but that's due to my own neurosis and obsession with checking on the princesses while they sleep.
And my favorite part of the baby-turning-into-a-child stage? They actually do what you ask, most of the time. Can you pick up your toy? Sure! Will you throw this in the trash? Off she goes running (to the sink, rather than the trashcan, but hey, I'll take what I can get). There's something about obeying that I think is appealing to a not quite baby anymore, when they're given a big kid task. Unfortunately, this stage passes in a flash and before I know it she'll suddenly develop selective hearing and all my requests will fall on deaf ears. Until then...
My friends, do you have a stage of babyhood (or not quite babyhood) that you love the most?
Posted by The Planet Pink at 9:28 AM