Don’t get me wrong, it was very rewarding gazing in to a newborn baby’s eyes knowing I’d produced him. Any time he smiled, my heart filled with warmth … and then my blissful moment was soon cut short by the sound of a little toot – oh it was gas, not a smile!
The first few months were a real struggle as I felt this was going to be my life forever. Changing, feeding and battling with a sleep fighter forever. Noone told me thats what I was signing up for. When the heck were all the fluffy fun moments going to come?! It felt pretty lonely.
Now that Arjun is 15 months old, I can safely say, I much prefer toddlerhood to babyhood and here’s why …
1) FOOD!: We can now share our food 🙂 We both have the same love for food which often means I have a little food thief on my case whenever its meal times – hey it helps with portion control!
2) New Found Independence: As he’s now fully mobile, he helps himself to snacks and fruit, he’ll grab a cushion and lay his head down if he wants a kip and he even tries to put his own socks on! Only a matter of time before he’ll be making his own lunches (and mine!).
3) Communication: I feel like I “get him” more so there’s a lot less tears but not necessarily a lot less drama! Oh and the smiles are ACTUAL smiles! The sound of his over the top laugh melts my heart. We laugh loud and uncontrollably together with our heads tipped back and our eyes glistening as we enjoy a moment giggling over the siliest things.
4) Interactive: It’s so much more fun as he’s a lot more interactive and engaging now. I always found it difficult translating new born baby babble! He’s a little chatterbox now although he only knows a few words he manages to have a full blown conversation with most! He’s very animated and seems to know what he’s on about most of the time (even if no one else does), that’s what matters right?!
5) Free Entertainment: He’s absolutely hilarious now that this huge personality is bursting out of this tiny little body. He never fails to entertain me – be it his latest dance moves, his important business phone calls or his quirky antics like trying on our shoes to name a few!
6) Packing: There’s so much less to pack when out and about! It now weighs 3/4 of a tonne as opposed to a whole tonne!
7) Routine: or lack of it. I feel like we know what we’re doing a bit more now.
8) Bond: I struggled a little as a new mummy due to PND, I feel closer than ever to Arj now. I can predict his next move pretty well! I feel like I have that “mummy instinct” that everyone harped on about before I had him.
9) He’s Walking!: For some reason this makes everything so much more fun! Going to the park now means he’s free to choose what he wants to use next, it means he can play basketball (albeit with his breakfast sausage!), he can pet the animals at the farm … the list is endless! It’s just another way for his personality to manifest as he has more freedom of choice.
10) Full of Surprises: Ok I know two points ago I said I could pretty much predict his every move, but he STILL manages to surprise us on a daily basis be it saying a new word, a little more independence like using a spoon or doing the actions to a nursery rhyme – it’s so rewarding!
I’m really enjoying toddlerhood although it comes with its own challenges!
What’s been your favourite time?