I’m not saying he’s bad, but what I am saying is my toddler is starting to scare me a bit.
He’s approaching 2, and things are getting intense. Our baby is no longer a baby. A few things that are new, and horrifying:
- He winds objects back behind his head. He can and will throw with force. And he looks you dead in the eye so you know he’s ready to launch.
- He views the highchair as the enemy. Breakfast is filled with dread. We know he’s hungry, he knows he’s hungry, but it doesn’t matter. He will use literally every muscle fiber to not get strapped down in that chair. It’s a daily, soul crushing battle.
- He can un-do a perfectly put together room in seconds flat. I have spent hours cleaning, only for him to totally dismantle the place without blinking an eye. The thought of putting him down and letting him loose in a newly straightened room is unnerving.
- He won’t nap. We were told at 24 months he’d be sleeping like 14 hours a day. (Ha ha ha ha ha ha.) Sleep time is the most terrifying time of all. We put him down for a nap, and he immediately protests. His body rejects sleep as though it was poison. His lung capacity is far greater than it ever was before, and his screams are blood-curdling. And amazingly long lasting.
Perhaps it’s the time of the year, or the age. All I know is that I wasn’t ready for all these sudden, unnerving circumstances.