After an extremely, EXTREMELY grueling day in toddlerland, I thought it might be best to end the weekend on a more positive note. Thinking about some of the reasons that I am in love with the tiny psychopath that lives in my house is one of my favorite things to do and is what always, without fail, makes me almost excited to see her bright and smiling face each and every day at the wee hour of 5:00 AM. Here are some of the many, many, MANY reasons that I love my toddler:
1. She looks like her father.
This tends to work out in her favor more frequently than it should. I have a very hard time staying mad at both her father or her...there is just SOMETHING about that face.
2. She is interested in everything.
All day long we hear "what's this?", "what's that?", "where are you going?", "what are you doing?", etc. My toddler has so many questions and soaks in all of those answers just like the tiny sponge she is.
3. She sleeps through the night.
It takes some time to get to that point but when your child finally sleeps through the night, so do you! Yay! My toddler actually has been sleeping through the night for quite a while (not bragging, see #1, by 5:00 AM I mean 5:00 AM... every day), but it is still something that I enjoy knowing will happen. I can count on her sleeping and allow myself a short time to relax after she is asleep at night without worrying that she will wake-up and need more of my attention. Mommies need their breaks and my toddler makes sure I get one!
4. She is developing her own style.
Every morning I pick out an outfit for my toddler and tell her it's time to get dressed. Lately, she does a once over and either agrees to wear the outfit or tells me that no, she needs to wear her Frozen shirt or her "spiny" dress (a dress that twirls just the right way) with her Belle necklace and her purple shoes. I mean, it's like she thought about her outfit overnight and was just waiting for someone to bring her that exact outfit. Crazy child!
5. She can be a big help around the house.
Before her baby sister was born last fall, my toddler and I would excitedly chat about how helpful she would be when her little sister arrived. My toddler would always say "I feed her ba-ba (bottle)" or "I get her diaper" when we talked about what she would do to help. When her baby sister finally arrived I was curious to see how helpful a toddler truly would be. It turns out that they can be extremely helpful! If I ask my Toddler for something it's hit and miss whether or not she will actually want to do it; however, if I say that her baby sister needs something, I tend to get said item within about 3 seconds! Although it seems as though my needs no longer matter, I secretly love that she is so willing to help her baby sister.
6. She's creative.
Give the girl some pom-pom balls, a glue stick and some finger paints and the art she creates is fantastic! She can also see a sheet of stickers and determine the perfect painting that she can completed a week ago that simply must have one of those stickers on it for it to be complete.
7. She's fully potty-trained.
BONUS! Just weeks before her baby sister arrived we were all set to potty train our toddler, however, she had other plans. A week before said potty training weekend, Olivia announced that she was "all done diapers" and that she had "to go potty." Talk about shocking AND, per my usual luck, her dad was out of town. I quickly got myself together and, even though we were at a local bookstore (oh, did I not mention this?) I popped her right on top of that public potty. Nothing happened. I diapered her back up, load us in to the car and called her father to announce that apparently this particular weekend we would be potty-training. We got home, I prepared lunch for my little lady and she told me she needed to go potty again. I whipped out the toddler potty I had recently purchased and boom, she pottied right then and there and that was it. Sure there were accidents in the beginning but holy moly it's nice to go somewhere and know that my little independent lady will let me know she has to potty without me hounding her. Bonus: there is more room in the diaper bag!
8. She talks...a LOT.
I so love having conversations with my toddler. She is talking in full-blown sentences and has real thoughts that she can express to me. She has a love for learning and constantly is asking about the world around her. She also is understanding emotion and can convey to her father and I when she is not feeling well, when she is hungry, thirsty, etc. She also is a great story-teller and I learn a lot just by asking about her day. Sure, everything is not in sequence but it's fun to hear what happened throughout her day that she found important and comparison to what I might have thought would have been important.
9. She has an opinion.
Absolutely this can be a frustrating thing, BUT I also am thoroughly enjoying seeing my toddler, not only become her own person, but a person who knows what she wants. She has an opinion on what she wants to wear, what she wants for dinner (the girl is a pork chop-aholic), the activities she wants to be a part of (adios swim class, hello gymnastics), who she wants to be friends with, what she wants to do on the weekends, etc. Just recently she knew that she wanted to go see "The Boss Baby" but when I mentioned taking her she flat-out told me that no, she needed her dad to take her. Can't deny a girl a father-daughter date if she wants one!
10. She loves with her WHOLE heart.
My toddler loves sooooo much. She tells her father, her sister and me multiple times a day how much she loves us and thrives off of big squeeze hugs from us. If she even thinks for one split second that I might be mad at her she is quick to give me a hug and tell me the one thing that makes all of her crazy toddlerness worth is, "I love you mom!"