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It's Official...I'm the Mother of a TODDLER!

Riley and MommyYesterday, a funny thing finally occurred to me…my baby is officially past the baby stage! It is a melancholy realization for me because I think all parents hang on
in some form or fashion, to that tiny, precious, helpless little
creature that you helped bring into this world. I know that, to me,
part of my daughter Riley will always be that little baby, no matter how
old she gets. But, where do you actually draw the line between a baby
and a toddler? Some sources say one year old, some say two…but for me,
the answer came clear as a bell yesterday. Riley has been getting more
and more fussy and temperamental as the last few weeks have passed, but I
thought that it could be because of her teething, trying to be more
independent, etc. Then, she threw her first REAL temper-tantrum! She
wanted to play with my cell phone and I wouldn’t let her because it has a
touch screen and it slides and I was afraid that she would break it.
Oh no! The fury that can be a 16-month old, came out in full force and
she got mad! I mean, she cried and cried and cried! There was snot
coming out of her nose and it was blending with the tears which were all
over her face. There were boogers everywhere and she eventually even
threw herself on the floor and beat her little fists up and down! I was
amazed and sort of sad at the same time. Yes, my child was acting like
a brat, which never makes any mother happy. But more than that, it
finally hit me that she no longer is crying only for the things she
NEEDS, like a baby does, she is now crying for the things that she just
WANTS. This is when I finally knew that my daughter was no longer the
sweet, tiny, helpless baby that I brought home from the hospital 16
months ago…my daughter is now a full-fledged TODDLER and she’s playing
for keeps! :)

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Comment by LeQuan on March 25, 2010 at 1:10pm
what a great post! this was a great definition of "need vs want" in the mommy world...haahaa. i have a 15 month old who (i suspect) just broke my cell. i'm assuming it's the iphone you're talking about? now i have to take mine in to the store to see if they know what's wrong with it.....grrrrr.

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