The Real Joy of Toddlerhood

by The Momma on August 9, 2011

I know I’ve been complaining a lot lately about how tough toddlerhood is shaping up to be. But you know what? Toddlerhood is full of awesome stuff too…stuff that’s hysterical and sweet and the best part of my day sometimes.

Like the obsession with books. Right now, the Noodle loves books. He will bring me book after book after book. We point out pictures, he names things, we turn pages, he gets excited. It’s not uncommon for me to be able to diffuse a tantrum with a book. It’s not uncommon for me to read 10 books in a row. I love having him hand me a book, climb into my lap, and get cozy.

Or the way he says certain words. Book has become bobo. Dada is morphing into DadE, said in this hysterical almost British way. Our dog Sasha? Is all ssssssshhhhhhh sounds. One of his favorite words is WHOA, said pretty much any time he’s excited. Which is a lot. It’s cute enough to take on internet kittens.

Or there are his animal sounds. Did you guys know an elephant says RAWR? And a duck makes this guttural growl? And a toddler making a monkey sound? Pretty much guaranteed to make you giggle.

There’s his affinity for hugs, and kisses. There’s his desire to be cuddled and held. There are the moments when he grabs a finger because he wants to go somewhere, and it’s just the most saccharine sweet thing I can imagine.

He’s full of personality. He’s full of joy (as much as he’s full of piss and vinegar, he’s also got pure unadulterated joy in there too). He’s full of energy. He’s full of fascination for the world. He’s pretty much an awesome kid.

Toddlerhood has been having its way with me, but I still, STILL, would rather spend my time with that kid than with almost anyone else. He may be a challenge, but he’s the best challenge in the world.

P.S. We’re back to looking for guest posters for NoodleKnobs! If you’re interested in having your words illustated, and feel you have something to say about the absurdity (or joy) of parenting, please send an email to themomma (at) noodleknobs (dot) com!

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Megan August 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm

This is so sweet. And, based on the very brief moment I got to spend with him, I can tell he is an adorable child and that he loves his momma very much. (Seriously, the way he was climbing all the way up to your neck? I died. )

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The Momma August 9, 2011 at 9:04 pm

He’s cute, that’s for sure. Sometimes that’s all that saves him from being given to the neighbors ;-)

(Don’t tell anyone, but I kind of love how he clings to me sometimes. It’s a pretty great feeling, you know?)

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Kate August 18, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Isn’t this just the most magical age?! It’s a strange dichotomy of wanting to rip your hair out and then finding the greatest joy the next second. You can see the wheels turning, the mind going a mile a minute and the personality developing every minute. For all the heartache and schizophrenic behavior – I wouldn’t trade it for a minute. :)

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