Ahhh toddlerhood. My husband and I are right in the thick of it with our about-to-turn-two year old. His behavior has changed rapidly over the last six months. Some good, some bad. I can’t help wonder (actually, pray!) that when it comes to the bad he’s just hit the ‘terrible two’s’ early and it’ll all be over soon. I’m dreaming, right?
Life with our little man is brilliant. He makes our hearts explode. He and his sister make our world go round. He makes us laugh. He makes us (mainly me) cry. And he also makes me tear my hair out on the regular. He’s definitely become the little dictator of our household.
He decides what time we get out of bed.
The days of having to set an alarm are long gone. He wakes up anywhere from 5 to 6.30am. Now, I don’t mind waking up early. I did it for years before kids to do exercise. But the difference between getting up to get some endorphins flowing and being woken up forcefully by a screaming toddler is huge.
He dictates what time we go to bed.
He's fast asleep at 7pm, he's a legend like that. But there's not much 'adult time' - we have to hit the hay early to have enough energy to deal with him the next day. Cue the nanna naps and 9pm bedtime (at the latest).
Looking after demanding toddlers can be exhausting. What do you do once the kids go to bed? Post continues after video.
He hogs all the snacks
Both my husband and I have a bit of a chocolate habit. Okay, a LOT of a chocolate habit. I feel like the amount of chocolate we eat is proportionate to the amount of tantrums we’ve had to endure that day. But no chocolate can be consumed when the toddler is around. Because he also loves it. We give him a tiny bit from time to time, but he’d eat the whole block if we let him. Cue eating in secret, stashing chocolate in the bedroom drawers and nighttime binges!