The Power of Words
PEOPLE ALWAYS WARN NEW PARENTS of the change that will occur once their baby is mobile. It's cruel to say it to a new mother of a newborn - but her daytime hours are easier at that stage than they will be in a few months (nighttime hours are a different story of course). Once that little baby figures out that he or she can get around, cause trouble, investigate and move their own little body... well, it's a whole new ballgame. Things are never the same.
I have a theory, developed in light of recent events at our house. I am coming to believe that once your child can TALK, you are similarly entering into a whole new transformative realm, and there is no turning back. Being able to communicate is just as life changing and monumental as crawling, maybe more so. Previously your toddler may have attributed her frustrations to the fact that you didn't understand what it was she wanted (even if you were just pretending). But I think that my youngest believed deep down inside that IF I understood her, she would find her every wish and whim catered to, that I would be a willing slave to her command - once she could effectively command.
Nowadays it's a lot like living with a dictator, a somewhat articulate 2 year old. She has mastered the authoritative "NO!" and the slow but menacing demand "I... want... COOKIES!!!" Complex expressions of disdain ("it's not funny mama") and even road rage: "Go lady! Go!" She believes her word is the law and relishes in her ability to claim a stake at "first!" "more!" "NOW!!" Of course I am being a bit facetious with this post, because it's not all that bad really. In fact, it's great. Along with those other words come "I love you" and little songs.
But with every milestone there is that feeling of no going back, it's another sign of ever-changing times, a Turning Point. Another step further away from baby-ness and much more a little girl.
It's all good. Though, part of me still longs for the time when my husband was the only one around here who could talk back. ;-)
What about you? What are your moments?
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