I have bad days or tricky moments with my toddler. But the good days and moments are always the highlight of my day. At two years, she has me upset and losing my mind in the morning and then grinning from ear to ear at the end of the day.
Bath time today was like an exorcism. I can never know what to expect with this little girl. All she wanted to do was to sit in the water. When I attempted bathing her, she screamed, “Stop it! Stop it, Mommy!” Usually, I would be proud of the excellent use of words but not today. So I did the only thing I could do; wrestle-bath her!
After an incredible wrestling performance, we finally made it out of the bathroom, with me still trying to catch my breath. And my bouncy toddler jumping on the bed animated and giggling. I’m always in awe at how quickly she changes her mood.
Then she screamed, “Mommy, I’m clean!” Are you kidding me?
“At two years, she has me upset and losing my mind in the morning and then grinning from ear to ear at the end of the day.”
I am a good mom even when I have bad days.
Hubby and I have noticed how she makes it her goal to get her hands dirty. Only because she wants to wash them. Yes. She loves being clean. In a day, she has countless trips to the bathroom just for those tiny hands. I think she might like the hand soap a little too much!
She made a complete 360 after the 5th trip, refused to stop washing her hands. She went utterly hysterical, screaming at the top of her lungs, throwing a couple of scratches and kicks my way. I had to piggyback her to calm her down. It took me all of fifteen minutes till she finally fell asleep on my back. After the meltdown, I always feel the uncomfortable silence that comes with the calm. I admit that I love her more when she is peacefully asleep.
When we're in public all my toddler
does is run around.
We went to the mall to get a few things. I usually put my daughter in the trolley to avoid her running around and bumping into people. It works until it doesn’t! I spent the rest of the store visit apologizing and wincing every time she screamed for her Papa (which was all the time!).
Then because we can never end our store visits without an outstanding performance from my girl, we were waiting in a line to pay at the till. Then a lady came to join our line. She stood right in front of the watermelons my daughter had been ogling. Big mistake! She was so upset that she stuck her tongue out and blew raspberries in the lady’s direction. I was ready to leave everything and just head out of the store.
She was expressing herself.
“I spent the rest of the store visit apologizing and wincing every time she screamed for her Papa (which was all the time!).”
My toddler does the cutest things
When we got home, she sat down next to me, kissed me on my cheek, and said, “I love you, Mommy.”
That act alone was enough to make my heart melt. It made everything fall into perspective. All the days’ trouble seemed to flutter away because they didn’t matter anyway.
And suddenly the day was ending on a high, yes, a perfect day it became.
Today was a lot, but we had a good day.