My son is almost 2 years and 5 months. Making me proud of how much he has evolved.
He can talk to us even if with limited words but usually we get the idea. He can run, he can easily climb steps and small hills with such speed it amazes me. He’s been so happy to discover and eat fruits from the garden and from trees at his grandparents.
About 2 weeks ago we had a wedding and decided its better to go without him. It was the first time we left him with his grandparents for a longer time. We came back the same day just before he got to sleep. I’ve never seen him so happy to see us and he gave us the biggest hugs. Turns out he had a good time without us but deep down he missed us more than he let know.
On the bad side, lately he is making us crazy with his tantrums.
Biggest problem is that he (still) wants to suck the life out of us … our sleep and mind. And my wife’s body for milk. He still thinks that’s the best thing in the world. Even though he drinks regular milk too. Then again maybe its not the milk but the company.
Sometimes its hard to reason with him. He puts his mind into something and there is not way out of it … he just doesn’t understand nor cares … So we have a fight … While it breaks my hearth a bit every time he has a crying crises I can’t always back down … He will get mad at me and I at him. He learned how to cross his hands just in case its not clear. Luckily we forget about it soon and move on.
There is that saying: “happy wife happy life”. I would also add happy kid next to it. If either one is unhappy, nobody is happy. And as a dad you’re caught in the middle. No wonder so many dads are tired and cranky. Not me. I kid you not. Right …
Still, its the best job I ever had.
Life with a toddler is hard. Its amazing too. Amazingly hard. But its supposed to get better.
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