Sunday, 12 January 2014

I'll take a toddler, please.

Don't get me wrong, new borns are divine, and babies are cute, and the wobbly starts to toddlerhood filled me with pride. But I am LOVING being the mother of a toddler and I'd quite happily keep my 21 month old as a 21 month old forever.



Yes, they're scrumptious when they've got too much skin with their milky smiles and tight grip. But she was kiiiiind of boring as a new born, although the house was sparkling... And while I am desperately excited about having my own new born again - and of course I'll take this all back then - I could happily fast forward the first 6 months, retrospectively.


Because I love having a proper conversation with my kid. About nothing particularly exciting, other than having a poo, or what colour the spoon is, or which friends she saw at nursery. I love that she can ask for what she wants and I don't have to guess. I love that she has preferences, and has her own mind and can get on with it with not much help. I love that I can go to the park without nappies and not worry about poonami. Or the pram. And that I can pop anywhere to get her a drink if I forget her beaker.

She is independent. She is brave. She is strong willed. But she is caring, and loving, and full of sunshine. She is great company and such good fun.


But I love the last of the baby features that still remain. That pot belly, the chubby thighs, the sleepy cuddles and the innocence and naivety that a toddler possesses for too short a time. 

I can't wait to have two. And I can't wait to strut my double buggy about. But I am also dreading the need to plan a little bit more carefully again, the need to go back to precision timing. I am enjoying the spontaneity of a toddler too much. 


It keeps getting better and better. I'll look back when my toddler is starting school and wonder what I was raving about. But if time stopped right now, I wouldn't complain.

7 weeks. The first hints of spring are on their way, I think. My belly feels fit to burst.




All change, please. I think.







Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall
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22 comments:

  1. Toddlers are just the best! So much fun and so cute!!

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    1. That's it! The perfect balance :)

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  2. Lovely photos. Toddler pot bellies are gorgeous aren't they! Can't resist a tickle on a tubby tummy!

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    1. They so are, especially after dinner, little Buddah bellies of scrumminess!!!!

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  3. Toddlers are great! Erin was 2 when Ethan was born. She was so kind to him. And double buggys are great. Mine was the city jogger. Best buggy I ever had! x

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    1. We'll be three weeks off her 2nd birthday when this one arrives.... My Phil and Teds is ITCHING for the newborn cocoon and second seat attachment!!!!!

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  4. i think they become better kids as they grow up, but all phases are specials... but also i adore to have conversations with my little girl!

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  5. Toddlers are brilliant. So cute and full of questions and wonder, and they still adore you all the time! You'll probably find the newborn days fly by a lot faster second time round anyway..!

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  6. I totally agree. It's just wonderful when you start to find what is going on inside their heads.

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  7. Yes, toddlers are great! They are so much fun, innocent, inquisitive, cute and you can play more with them, teach them things.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

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  8. What lovely happy photos of gorgeous toddler, I love her waterproofs and wellies - perfect for outdoor fun in the current weather. The toddler stage is fab and you just start feeling human again and are able to do so much more, BUT it's a new chapter on the horizon and they will be great company for each other! Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

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  9. Beautiful photos :) Gorgeous girlie x

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  10. This is a beautiful post, and I agree with you, although I say that about every stage! Her waterproofs are just gorgeous. It is such a fun age, full of discovery. Thanks for joining in the Ordinary Moments. xx

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  11. I completely agree with you! I want to have another one but honestly don't relish the thought of baby days again - for me it's about getting past the first few months, they become real little people at around 10 months and then they just seem to get cuter and cuter after that! #PoCoLo

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  12. We loved reading this and with Grace being 8 and Lucas is 5, we know it gets even better as they get a bit older............. although they are known to argue a bit as well. We loved reading this post #pocolo

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  13. She is so cute. I love new stages, waterproof are adorable too. Looking forward to my two getting a bit older and coming to life in their personalities. I would love more but flying back and forth to america would get more difficult with three. lol

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  14. What a beautifully worded post!!! #PoCoLo x

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  15. You're right. I was always worried when my son was a newborn because I never knew why he was crying or what he wanted! Things are much better now that I have a two year old. Your post made me appreciate what we have now. #PoCoLo

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  16. I feel exactly the same! LP is now 29 months and Little Man is 8 months - I'm so glad to be out of the newborn little baby days but looking forward to him being slightly bigger! I'm loving the idea of having 2 toddlers! #PoCoLo

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  17. Toddlers are great FUN!!! I have a 9 month old DD along with a 9 and 6 year old DS... and my Daughter is just starting to get to the stage of being a bit more independent Yay! :)

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  18. I am so with you on all of this. I loved toddlerdom :) but I also would love to experience a new born baby all over again. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

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    1. I wonder if I'll pine for the new born days when they're over for good... I know I'll miss the toddler days more!

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