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Enjoy The Fun: When Your Baby Becomes A Toddler

Are you struggling to come to terms that your baby's becoming a toddler? Clare Tully explores those bittersweet feelings after her son turned one a few weeks ago.

My son turned one last month, and I am finally coming to terms with it. A child’s first birthday is such a huge milestone. I’ve been on a rollercoaster of emotions over the past month. I’m excited that he turned one, and relieved that we survived the first year! However, I am also pining for the baby days that are now behind us. It feels like the day he turned one marked the end of him being a baby, and that’s just a little heartbreaking for this mama.

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Where Has My Baby Gone?

The past year has gone by in the blink of an eye. There were certainly times that I wished the baby years away - in the middle of the night when holding a screaming child, or when I longed for just one night of blissfully uninterrupted sleep. Now that it’s over, I miss those baby days so badly. There is no feeling quite like holding a sleeping baby in your arms. It’s the most comforting feeling in the world. I miss the baby noises, the baby smell and the sheer excitement that comes with each milestone. It hurts my heart that those days are behind us, and that I didn’t slow down more and soak up every last drop.

Toddlerhood is a new adventure every day. In the space of a month, our little boy went from taking his first wobbly step, to toddling around the house unaided. It has really marked as the crossing from baby to toddler, and all that comes with it. Toddlers are a force of nature. Stubborn, independent little explorers who will leave no press unopened and no random piece of lint on the floor untasted. Following him around waiting to catch him when he stumbles, stop him from trying to eat stones or topple down steps is now my full-time occupation. Mealtimes are now a challenge sparked with a determination to feed himself (and the dog). Don’t get me started on the tantrums that are emerging!

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Lots Of Fun To Be Had

It’s not all tantrums and toddling though. My little boy has morphed from a squidgy cherub into a fully fledged little person with a personality all of his own. He is hilarious and lots of fun. He loves the outdoors, his dog and when I sit on the floor and play with him. He enjoys a good boogie to Ed Sheeran, tasting whatever I’m eating and discovering new things. He is my little buddy. Playdates at play centres are a regular thing now. We spend our afternoons out in the garden playing in the sand pit, or just exploring the garden. We stop for coffee when we’re running errands with a scone for mammy, and snacks for baby. We have so much fun together, exploring this new norm.

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I think I will always ache for the baby days. It’s such a special, fleeting time, filled with moments that you can never recreate. Your baby is completely dependent on you, and you are their whole world. It’s hard though, and so exhausting and isolating.

Watching my son turn into an independent person full of dreams, ideas and interests is a true joy. It’s also made life a little easier. He plays independently, he’s starting to get the hang of feeding himself and the stroller is no longer a necessity when we’re out. I miss my baby, but I adore the bones of my wild toddler. The parenting adventure continues, only this time with a lot more mess and a little more patience. Onward to the next year!

Do you experience the same feelings knowing your baby is growing up? Tell us about it in the comments below.


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