Monday, September 9, 2013

The Sweet Spot

I hate to admit this, but a couple of weeks ago my husband and I were confessing to each other how it might be nice to skip over the whole third year of child rearing. I'd like to say we were completely joking, but I think we were very...slightly...serious. At that point, it was shaping up to be quite exhausting. The procrastinating, the refusal to eat or sleep or do anything remotely cooperative really was wearing on us and in that moment...parenthood was definitely anything but rosy. 

As per usual, the very next week just as we thought we might lose our minds, the toddler gods decided to shine down and remind us what a lovely journey parenthood can be. There have been lots of hugs and kisses, cooperation, reasonableness and even cuddling! While there are still battles being fought daily, it has been a more pleasant experience for everyone involved. 

We are in what I'd like to call the "sweet spot".

With 2 years and 11 months of parenting under my belt, I've learned this journey is a roller coaster ride. There will be ups and downs, tears and laughter. I don't know how long this sweet spot will last, but I'm soaking it up at the moment. Taking it all in. I want to remember how incredibly special this crazy little toddler is in this very moment. 

While you probably couldn't have convinced me of this a few weeks ago, I do think the year of three can be great. We've entered the land of bedtime chats, coloring, cuddles and playing  make believe with wild enthusiasm. I can't always keep up with his energy levels, but there are moments when I find myself completely immersed in his little world. It's an amazing thing to let go and feel your inner child come out. 

(It's not every night you get to play hockey with plastic golf clubs and score the winning goal.)

It's so easy to try and wish time away to a place where these crazy little people are old enough that basic things like bedtime and dinner time aren't battles of olympic proportions. So,  I'm trying to remind myself....little people, little problems. I don't know what's to come, but I do know that scaring away imaginary monsters will be much easier than battling the bigger issues of whatever the teenage years might hold. 

I just want to soak these little moments up. He won't like holding my hand forever. However stressful and draining these days of three might be at times, I do know I will miss them and the sweetness that always seems to balance everything out.

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  1. Oh the sweet spots...they come and go...but so great when you have them.

  2. It's good to know that others go through these INSANE WEEKS and then POOF! your adorable, amazing kiddo is back again. WHAT THE HECK ARE THEY TRYING TO DO TO US?????

    seriously ;)

    1. Trying to make us lose our ever loving minds that's what! I wrote this on Friday and then surprise, surprise today has been a very "trying" day. I would say I jinxed things, but's just the way things go around here. Up, down, up, down.

  3. Kind of makes me wanna cry a little thinking they won't always want to hold our hands! Feeling you with the ups and downs of this age for sure. Happy I have people like you to remind me to enjoy the sweet moments as they will be gone before we know it.

  4. I don't blame you for wanting to skip through the threenager year. For Braden his golden age was 8 months - 2 years...which is a really big golden age. More accurately 8-14 months. All he did was sleep 12-14 hours a night with two 2 hour naps per got a little 'worse' after 14 months because he was SO busy, always on the move, but that's fun too. He never was a terrible 2, but this summer at 3.5 the threenager came out. He has usually about 2 bad days per's an awful transition to try and get out of napping completely but not melting down at suppertime. Next summer will be better...I hope!


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