I had this post started in my head and then I saw this cartoon and thought I should just link to that and not actually write this out anymore. But part of the fun of having a blog is using it as a journal to have a record of our family that I can look back on someday. I wonder what stage our family will be at when I look back on this one.
Having an 18-month-old is rough. Emme has always been a pretty happy, easy going baby until recently. Eighteen months old is when baby fades and is replaced by little kid. There is so much to delight and take joy in as Emme takes on the world, but this new independence also brings a heck of a lot of annoying things along with it too.
Shall we start with the annoying things first?
2. Opening up cabinets and taking things out.
3. Refusing to sit down in her seat and not lasting more than a few minutes in a high chair.
5. Freaking early wakeup time.
6. Struggling to communicate and getting frustrated when she can’t, which leads to more…
8. Wanting to play with brother, but really not being able to play very well yet.
9. Abusiveness, including but not limited to hitting, pinching and scratching.
Screaming is obviously a key part of this phase and it’s not pretty. The world is an exciting, but very confusing place for a toddler, which leads to loads of frustration, which causes screaming. There are also some days where this girl just cannot be satisfied and everything ends up with screaming. Which leads to mama screaming. And then it’s all bad for everyone.
I remember this age being challenging with Reece too and I’m convinced my kids become the most challenging in the half-years. With Reece we had a pattern that still sometimes holds true now. We do pretty well with parenting for a time, then start to lose it as the challenges come, so I buy a few parenting books to get us back on track, which works for awhile until we start to lose it again. However, since having two kids, I feel like we’ve basically lost it all the time. Maybe because someone is always at a half-year?
I know she’ll outgrow this and before long she won’t care much about what’s in those cabinets (this happened with Reece at least–he stopped caring about ever trying to get into a cabinet right about the time we put all the locks on everything), but until then it will be mighty challenging.
Fortunately, there are some pretty fun things about this age that keep us going.
1. More talking. I love how she tries to say just about everything in her cute little voice.
2. Singing. I love her “Ba ba ba” to sing “Ba Ba Black Sheep” and “Row row row row” for “Row Row Row Your Boat.”
3. Big personality. This age seems to be when personality hits big time and I love my silly, crazy girl.
4. Imagination. It’s been fun watching her imagination blossom and it’s getting even stronger now. Playing mommy to her babies and pretend cooking for me are some of her favorite things to do.
5. More understanding of the world. She’s really starting to get it now. How our days will go, who sleeps where in the house, where to put things away, etc. There’s still plenty she doesn’t understand, but she really seems like a little person now.
Just yesterday I posted a picture of her on Instagram and got a few comments about how big she looks. She really is growing into a big girl.
Of course, I still think she’s amazing and I feel terrible for wishing these difficult days away, but I’m really hoping that two is a golden age for her like it was for Reece. Fingers crossed!