1. Back to Work, now if you’re lucky you may be now returning to work after your mat leave. This will be the most heartbreaking time of your life, leaving little one. But after a few weeks you will realise that this is actually Mummy Time. Yes you may have to do something whilst your there, but essentially it’s just a nice long tea break and a catch up with some mates.
2. Walking and Talking: Two things every parent wishes their child could do from an early age. Stop wishing it on your child, because once they start there is NO stopping them. They can get into mischief in an empty room if you let them. You will never be safe in the knowledge, that you know exactly where your child is all the time, especially if you have cupboards.
3. Valuables and Ornaments: Now is the time to move anything of any value out of your house for good. Not only will your little one want to destroy every little trinket you have, you will also find everything covered in slobber, snot and food.
4. Siblings: This is where sibling rivalry takes place. When your older child (if you have one) decides that his/her little Brother or sister isn’t that much fun anymore. They are leaning that they can take their toys and destroy their works of art; siblings are just no fun especially little wobbling ones.
5. Tea Time will become a trial they will go through the most bizarre phases, I like beans… erm no I don’t like them anymore. You will find that you will try two or three different meals a night just to try and get them to eat something.
6. Food: Will become your enemy, you will find it hidden in the most unusual places, the back of the sofa (normally Toast), chocolate (normally stuck to ANY glass surface), Crumpets (normally Mummy’s handbag) well I suppose they are just thinking about us getting peckish whilst we are doing the housework.
7. Sharing: This is the hardest part, no one likes sharing but as good parents we teach our kids that is so important to share. As a parent I DONT share, it’s my wine, my chocolate and my bubble bath. I’m sorry I have got four little sisters I shared enough over the years.
8. Potty Training is a time of pride. When little one decides he or she has had enough of the nappy and your bank manager calls you to thank you for not being in the red from now on. Be warned you will find little puddles and Poo’s in little places around the house the first few weeks. Remember they are NOT puppies please do not rub their little noses in the wee. Point them in the direction of the potty and pray.
9. Bath time: A time when your bathroom will resemble a scene from Titanic. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
10. Bedtime: This is a time that us Mum’s and Dad’s look forward too at the end of a hard day. The luxury about little ones is that they can’t tell the time. So if 6.30pm comes around and you really need a rest it’s off to bed no fuss about it not being time and the Joy of SKY + if your crafty enough is to record the bedtime song and the red screen at the end of Cbebbies, they will never know.
So that’s the Toddler Years out of the way, just think there are so many more years to look forward too. Enjoy!
Lots of love