Sunday, July 11, 2010

The toddler workout

It really as if a switch has been pulled.
TG is now displaying questioning and independence at full speed.
I know I've mentioned it before.
Don't get me wrong, it's not unbearable. I understand it. I know it's normal. I just didn't know it would happen like that.
One day she's the amiable pleasing toddler. The next day she's all about how she wants to do something.
I keep thinking about how all the books say this is this the time to be firm, know the boundaries and use your adult skills to make them think they are doing what they want to do.
When you have a freaking energy it does work.
Right now, I'm trying to make sure I have enough energy to keep up with the tot.
Holy cow, I thought taking care of an infant was hard. Toddlerhood is way harder. Now I understand when folks told me, "Oh, you can leave her on the mat and go pee. She's not going anywhere." Yes, back then when she was a freaking lump, she could only go so far. Now I turn and she's climbing chairs and using gates and other items as step stools.
Parenting a toddler makes a high intensity cardio workout seem like a warm up.