I’m Starting A Fan Club For The Almost-Two-Year-Olds
I guess we’ll never know if Isla’s amazing wild spirit is somehow tied to her red hair I can’t keep my hands out of lately, her age, the fact that we feed her mac and cheese, all those bath time bubbles she’s ingested, or her dad’s DNA.
But I gotta tell you something.
She’s so much fun. This age is as amazing as it is exhausting.
Don’t let THOSE people, the ones who’ve mastered it all, who roll their eyes and respond with things like, “Oh you think THAT’S bad, just wait” and other horrible sentiments…don’t let them fool you for one second.
I’m taking stock for the upcoming holiday, and yep! I’m thankful to be right where we are. Turns out, the almost-two’s are hilarious. They’re mind-blowing, actually.
Watching toddlers socialize is better than anything on network cable right now.
You’re a toddler sponge between one and two and the talking never stops. It is the best sound there is.
When you’re almost two, you really don’t have time to supply the high demand for your parents’ affection at this age. You’re too busy analyzing acorns and reciting “e i e i o.”
You probably have a buddy or two at this point.
Feelings are hard. But you bounce back. You’re a big kid.
The bounce-back is one of the most inspiring parts of this stage of toddlerhood. As a person who typically requires extended time for recovery (pouting) following any sort of altercation, the challenge to bounce back the same way Isla does following a meltdown, injury, etc. is where my work is put in these days. She not only models it for me, she needs it from me.
She needs to know that she is safe to express her feelings, fall down, get mad, lose her whole mind over God knows what, and it won’t be hung over her head. We need to move on. She’s teaching me that.
These days, her nature is coming through stronger than my nurture and I couldn’t be more proud. I’m here to tell you I’m the biggest fan of this age. And I hear it just keeps getting better.
I would love to hear from parents of older children re: what your favorite part is about wherever you are in your parenthood journey. Give us more to look forward to!