As part of the blog update (I feel like I’ve been saying that a lot lately), I’m trying to incorporate more lifestyle posts. I’ve revamped my recipe round ups, I’m brainstorming new topics and, most importantly, I’m keeping it real.
Need a dose of reality?
They do what they want, they say what they want, they ARE exactly what they want. There’s no “should I” or “could I”, no “I’ll be embarrassed” or “what will they think” – they take no prisoners and give no f***s. Being around a toddler is like a smack in the face – with a hammer; I find it refreshing (and a true privilege) to be able to spend every day with a tiny human that is 100% real.
Toddler Tuesdays are my way of sharing all things toddler – funny stories, products we love, activities we do – here on my blog. Expect at least one or two a month, although it may be more since I’ve been blessed with a punchy child. 😉
This Toddler Tuesday post is about how children have this mystical power to push us to our limits and be able to make it all melt away in 10 seconds. I WISH I had that kind of power.
This past Monday was just a blur; I couldn’t tell you what I did, what I wore or what I ate (shocker, I know). I don’t know if I’m just not doing well with my thyroid medication or what, but it’s been like this for months. I just have these super weird days where I’m not tired or stressed, just really foggy. Regardless, Monday is basically a blank space in my mind.
Except for the last 15 minutes of it.
I had told my husband that it was time to start Elias’ nighttime routine. I heard no movement in the living room. I finished tidying up the kitchen and looked at the clock. It was 7:45 and I was DONE.
I walked into the living room and they were curled up watching Blippi. I switched off the light, gathered my stuff to take upstairs and said, “I’m serious – I’m going to bed.” Again, no movement.
I started up the stairs, totally wiped out and Elias perks up, smiles around his thumb says, “I love you. Goodnight.” Of course, he missed some of the syllables and it was further jarbled by his thumb in his mouth, but Mama knows. It literally stopped me mid step and sent such a rush of warmth through my soul.
We hadn’t had a bad day – typical toddler ups and downs with me trying to navigate developing emotions – but I had hit my exhaustion threshold and my little boy knew exactly what I needed to hear. It’s those little moments that grip so firmly around my heart that no matter what he does or doesn’t do, who he is or who he isn’t that, good day or bad day, I never go to bed without feeling blessed.
Kids will have bad days, kids will absolutely push every single button you have again and again and again, kids will push you past your limits, create messes and make mistakes. You will have bad days, get on your kids’ nerves, push your kids past their limits, make your own messes and mistakes. And it’s all okay.
There is nothing better than your child snuggling you at the end of a hard day and there is no place they would rather be.
So let them be little because they’re only little for a little while. Allow it, encourage it, cherish it.
Have your own story? I’d love to hear it!