The next stage is the Toddler Mom. Up until now you could contain Thing 1, but now Thing 1 is mobile!
Oh yes, Thing 1 is on the move. And you better get to a gym because now you are going to be moving more than you ever have before. But, it will be fun. Thing 1 is becoming more independent. This is when the realty that Thing 1 will leave you one day hits…or at least it hit me. That’s when I realized…I better have a life that doesn’t revolve around baby.
Now you have traded bottles for sippy cups, high chairs for booster seats, rear facing baby seats for forward facing. Lots of changes…
Then the babbling starts and that leads to talking. And it is so sweet Ma Ma, Da Da…that is when you realize that 1. you better watch your language, 2. you better watch how you talk about others.
There is nothing funny (to other mothers) or humiliating (to you) than when your precious little Thing 1 babbles babbles babbles and then says S!@#. Oh yes! Those of us it has happened to give you a little sympathetic smile, then giggle all the way to the car leaving Wal-Mart because we remember it happening to us. My advice, if Thing 2 says the ugly word in public, turn to Thing 1 and say I can’t believe you taught him that. My Thing 1 has taken the fall many a time for that! He is catching on that he is helping mom out of an embarrassing situation and I believe he will expect payment for that soon.
Or…how about when your adorable Thing 1 looks at someone and starts babbling, but the only clear words Thing 1 says sounds like….mama said your mean, or have bad hair, or what ever ugly comment you made in anger and wish you could take back for saying in front of Thing 1. If you have a Thing 1 and 2, that is a hard one to blame on Thing 1 when Thing 2 says it.
So that covers the mobility and talking. The big milestones.
It’s time for Thing 1 to move to the toddler bed or twin bed or whatever bed you move him to, just out of the crib. You tuck cutie pie into the big kid bed, read fifteen stories, read Goodnight Moon for the 1 millionth time, snuggle Thing 1, say the good night prayers, finish the 1 1/2 hour bed time routine of trying to get Thing 1 to stay in the big kid bed all night. You finally get to fall into your bed and sometime around midnight… you realize some how there are hands and feet in your face and back. It takes another hour to realize that Thing 1 is mobile and can now make it to your bed any time he wants. Oh yes! Thing 1 can’t get from the living room to kitchen without knocking over everything on the coffee table and end table, but he can operate in stealth mode at midnight.
And even as you snuggle in close to Thing 1 because you know he won’t do this forever…you think about how tired you are going to be at work tomorrow…and sore from the knees in the back!