Rubber Ducky
Toddler

Just Ducky

Well, little miss is able to have a (supervised) bath on her own. She’s learning how to clean herself, and while she’s not quite there yet, she’s learning quickly.

She’s had two rubber ducks since I can remember. A pink one and one that has a temperature gauge on it (because contrary to popular opinion, when you have issues that affect your nerves, it’s a better idea than using the elbow.).

Lately though, we have had demands for more ducks. I guess you could say that everything is just ducky for her.

Now the hunt for unique rubber ducks begins. Thank God for Amazon.

tanrum
Toddler

It’s Tantrum Time

Oh little girl.

I love you, but I think we’ve entered the “terrible twos” a bit early. I know in some ways you’re well ahead of your peers, but you’re not able to express the whirlwind of emotions that are in your head. I know what it’s like to have all your feelings turned to 11.

We’ll make it through this tempest. You didn’t come with a manual, and we’re learning as you learn. I love you and we’re going to get through it together.

You’re a good girl. The bad things that happen, they don’t make you any less of a good child. Remember that.

Toddler on a Mission
Toddler

Toddler On A Mission

Oh little girl. You are definitely mobile. And definitely on a mission, which from what I can tell, is to get into as much trouble as possible.

I know we anxiously waited for you to become the biped that you were born to be, but right now, we’re asking for five more minutes of that cute little bundle of adorable that didn’t move. Just so we can baby-proof a bit more.

You have gone from hesitant steps to running, and that has gotten you a few bumps and bruises, and scared a few years off mommy and probably given both Mommy and Daddy more grey hairs.

You’re exploring your world, and boy howdy do you not like the word no. Guess what little one? Get used to it.
You are loved and wanted, but you’re not going to get everything you want. I can’t fit a pony in my backyard and I’m sure that bylaw would have so much fun with that.

I can’t wait until the spring really comes. You know, after second winter? Then we can get outside and you can work on your plan to take over the world.

Toddler

The Toddler Years Are Here

Oh my dear darling girl. You are most definitely a toddler.

You are mobile on two legs and while you prefer to be hanging on to Mommy and Daddy’s hands while tearing across the countryside, you are perfectly able to terrorize the place on your own.

We also have had our start of toddler meltdowns. The most spectacular was when your poor Auntie and I were trapped with you before her appointment and you had us both looking for a holy water font, because damn child.

Your vocabulary is expanding as your world does, and I can tell that you’re learning more than you can express right now. That is frustrating, and I know how you feel, because Mommy still has that problem sometimes.

I love that you love books. You are crazy for them. You also are showing Mommy that your spatial reasoning is really taking off like no one’s business.

I am so glad that you are my daughter, and that we’re in this together. I promise that I will love you forever – even if you don’t think I do (to my mother – I get you now, so much).

I would like to know where you get your energy though. I am beginning to think that you are hiding a nuclear power plant somewhere (because what comes out the output is near toxic waste some days). Also – Naps are wonderful and you’re going to look back on this phase of hating them when you’re older and go “Damn it”. Trust me on that one little girl.

So, let’s see where tomorrow takes us, shall we?

Toddler Girl
Toddler

Melting Down

I’ve heard of the terrible twos, and “three-nagers” but holy crap. No one told me that the utter and complete meltdowns could start as early as a year.

Yep, we’re in the toddler meltdowns. The little one does not want to go to sleep because she’d rather play. She also will melt down if you take something away from her, even if it’s something she’s not supposed to have (like Mommy’s asthma inhaler).

I know that her world is expanding, but her language is not up to where she can express clearly what she wants. I understand how that can frustrate the hell out of her. I would however like her to go to sleep. She just wants to see everything, to learn everything. This is a great thing to want, but child you need to get some sleep sometimes. Trust your Mommy on this.

Ah well, practice for the future, eh?

 

Health, Kiddo

Viral Sensation

I’ve just gotten home from a week in hospital with my daughter.

She had bronchiolitis caused by a virus called RSV. She was the youngest baby admitted last week with the virus. We spent a week with her hooked up to wires and tubes. I have never, ever, been as scared as I have been this past week. I cried for the first half of the week. I seriously believed that I was going to lose my baby girl.

She got this infection in the hospital where she was born. The first person to tell me that we should’ve gone to a birthing centre… silence. Please. I was a moderate risk pregnancy with her and could not have done that, so I chose the best hospital I could.

I am very glad that we have a hospital like CHEO here where we live. I am hoping that we don’t have to go back for a long long time.