What They Don't Tell You About The Terrible Two's
Alright, if you're a parent I know you've heard about this god-forsaken phase of toddler-hood when your child suddenly changes form and manifests into some sort of unworldly life form (also known as the "terrible twos"). Oh so you've heard of it? Sweet. Glad we're all on the same page (can you tell from my sarcasm I'm dealing with a two year old at the moment?)
This isn't my first goat rodeo here, when Rozalyn, (now four) was two, I never dealt with this "dreaded" stage, in fact, I remember wondering when the next shoe would drop...but when I became a mom to a boy...well let's just say the twos have been a little bit different of an experience.
Obviously your second time around is completely different from your first; and as a "well seasoned" mother I thought I had it all figured out when my second (Justus) was born. But I'm not going to lie, he made my life easy during his first year. He was the sweetest, sleepiest, most content baby ever. I thought he had quite possibly broken every stereotypical baby mold out there!
However, I was, yet again just waiting for the next shoe to drop and well...I'm can confidently tell you that it did indeed drop, and very loudly I might add. Except what they DIDN'T tell me about the terrible two's was that it was going to be less about the tantrums and more about the...
1. Lack of listening
Listen...yes, LISTEN! This kid may look cute, act cute, smile cute, and bat his frickin' cute eyelashes at you but holy moly this kid is just about the WORST listener you will ever meet. No matter how many different ways I yell at him, talk nicely to him, warn him of the consequences, or chase after him...there is no getting through to this little guy. Not to mention...
2. Getting In Trouble Is Suddenly The Funniest Thing Ever
Similar to number one, no matter how loudly I yell or sternly lower my voice, (not only does he not listen) I instantly become the worlds funniest mom. Which only makes my patience level increase that much more (I wish). But if I'm being honest...this particular one makes my blood boil. I have tried just about every parenting tactic out there and the laughing just continues. And you guys I promise you I'm not that funny! Which reminds me...
3. Life Becomes A Constant Game Of Tag
I think part of the reason why this particular fitness journey of mine is going so well is because I get so many extra steps in a day chasing this stinking toddler! Ok...slight exaggeration but seriously...running away has become the name of the game for this little dude. Not only does he think it's incredibly funny for me to scold him, he thinks it's even funnier if he runs away WHILE I'm scolding him...WHY?! Like why?????
4. Tummy Aches Can Happen On Command
This little cherade started a couple weeks ago when he truly had the stomach bug; I didn't make him eat dinner and allowed him to go lay down in his bed for the remainder of the evening and the next evening it happened again, and again the next, and the next. Until one evening I got my wits about me and realized this little two year old is pulling the wool over my eyes! His stomach didn't hurt, he just didn't want to eat his broccoli!
5. Shoes Are Optional
I didn't think I could EVER hate putting on shoes so much in my life. But man this kid defies all the shoe wearing laws. And consequently I have stopped caring...so if you see my kid running barefoot throughout the parking lot, mall, or grocery store, it's because I have hit my shoe return quota for the day and don't give a......moving on.
6. "I Can Do It" Mentality
The "I can" pour my own milk, "I can" wash my hair, "I can" wash my sisters hair, "I can" wash the dishes, "I can" put my shoes on...wait, actually..."HELP ME!!! I can't do it." Can you feel my struggle ladies? It's like I'm at a constant state of whiplash from all the back and forth banter of this little human.
What other things do your two year olds do?? I'd LOVE to hear!!
OBVIOUSLY, I love this kid to pieces and while I do occasionally deal with the tantrums, I thought a list of all the things you DON'T often hear about when it comes to the terrible twos would be rather enjoyable. If you're a mom to a two year old cheers to you! Let's all fight the good fight together!
Thanks for stopping by! xoxo, Tessa
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