Every Mom Goes Through Toddler Stage
Every day is some sort of new struggle when having a toddler. While being a mom can be the best thing, it can also feel like the worst. My daughter of now two, never used to be any sort of difficult. I would talk to other moms about Elodie when she was a baby. They would ask about the struggles, her sleeping habits, did I get sleep, etc. etc. They would stare at me in awe when I told them I hardly had much struggle.
After about 3 months old, Elodie had stared sleeping from 10-12 hours a night. A night. I didn’t think it was normal for a baby to sleep throughout the night, especially when you hear from moms that babies wake then in the middle of the night to eat. I used to wake her up to try and feed her even. Through more months of growing, I didn’t know she was teething until they popped out. I had a relatively easy going baby. Until she became a toddler. Oh the nightmare.
Yes, I love my daughter. What mom wouldn’t? But as she is growing, her attitude is too. If you’re a mom of a toddler, you can understand. But if you’re a first time mom, let me fill you in on what it’s like.
My Days as Mommy
As a stay-at-home-mom, I have come to learn some things about being a mom. Though I am in no way a know-it-all mom or even close, I like to think that I am making some sort of progress. (My post on Routines here) My daughter, Elodie, is as sweet as she is naughty. Most days, even though we have routines, is completely unpredictable. There is no way of knowing if today will be a calm and collected day with cuddles and laughter, or a day fill with hands on the hips. But not your hands, on your hips. Yes, you read that right, and Yes that actually happens!
When Elodie was only one, she would go toe-to-toe (literally) with her Dad and I. When she wouldn’t get her way, or when she would get super angry, she would pull her hair out! Right out! I was going crazy and I still go crazy. Though she doesn’t pull her hair out anymore, she definitely has her angered moments, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t have those moments as well.
Each day is different, and each day is a new learning experience. My days as a mommy are a daily struggle. Needing to keep her screaming level down. Her tantrums. The constant fighting with yourself that you CANNOT fight with a toddler. But nothing more than I can want. Not only am I watching and teaching her to grow, but I am growing with her. Creating a bond between your child and yourself could be the best experience a mother could have.