Oh the joy you’ll hear in the voices of other, more experienced parents when they tell you “welcome to the Terrible-Twos”.
I don’t know why they relish in announcing a newer parent’s departure from the toddling days of new words and first steps and entry into pinching, climbing, four-word sentences, and of course, “mine”.
My daughter has just turned 21 months (or “almost two” for everyone who doesn’t enjoy an equation for small talk).
“What Do You Want?”
All of a sudden, she has decided that she wants things and will be furious until she gets them. While her words aren’t the clearest, I find myself asking her “A monkey? Do you want a monkey? Are you saying monkey?”
I don’t think she has a monkey toy, but I’ll follow her around the apartment until we either find that monkey, or something to distract her with.
To add to the emotional roller coaster akin to living with a drunk roommate, (and I don’t mean the funny, happy drunk, I mean the volatile drunk who’s generally happy but is prone to outbursts and making bad decisions and has just broken your phone), we’re working on baby’s food routine.
That’s right, she’s not only cranky because she’s growing, but she’s hungry too.
The New Food Routine
We’ve stopped snacks and are giving her 6 small meals throughout the day.
She’s gradually learning that the healthy and varied food on her plate is what she’s getting. It’s ok for her to not eat it, but she won’t be getting crackers or cookies later instead.
So far, so good. She’s eating most of what is served, but still won’t touch red meat, chicken or fish so her protein comes from egg, lentils, nuts, and milk.
We’ve also stopped taking about the food on her plate to avoid making new things a big, scary deal.
It’s slow-going but she’s still a happy and lovely baby. She’s a little person now and she really laughs when something is funny or if Daddy is being silly. There’s nothing better than when she turns to me or my wife and says “I lov-boo”.
If you have any advice for me and the other parents going through this stage of child-wrangling, please please share it in the comments below.
To finish the earlier story, she wanted her ABC book which features a monkey. I’ll sleep a little better tonight with that case closed.