I love having kids. I swear it's what god put me on earth to do. When I was little I always use to fantasize about being married and having two kids. I really wanted a boy first and then a girl. I was lucky enough to get my wish and then we were blessed with our third. I call him my "pleasant surprise." While I knew it would be a challenge to have kids, I don't think I ever realized how hard it actually is. I think the older they get, the harder they get. That's my opinion though. I happen to be one of those rare people who absolutely adore the newborn phase. I just love snuggling with a newborn, smelling them, when they smell good of course and everything else about it. Even though I was completely sleep deprived in those first few months, it was totally worth it to me. It's amazing what a new mother can accomplish in just a few hours of sleep a night! I might have been running on caffeine, but it didn't matter to me. I had a job to do, and I was determined to be the best mother I could be.
While I love the newborn phase, I also love the baby phase too. You know the stage where they are stationary, happy and sleeping through the night? I would say around six months old was one of the easiest stages in our house. It's when they started crawling and pulling themselves up and moving, when everything changed. The gates wend up, the outlet covers went in and the cabinet locks got installed! My husband actually enjoyed doing things like this because he felt "involved." Not to mention it was just another reason to use his cordless drill!
I love the newborn phase and the baby phase but the toddler phase is a bit more challenging! As much as I try to limit the word "NO" to my 19 month old, he still has his share of fits. His new thing when he gets mad is he sits down on the floor and then lays down and won't get up. Sometimes he will bump his head on purpose just to get my full attention. I use to pick him up and now I just walk past him and ignore. I feel like the more I feed into the tantrums, the more he will have. He also does this thing where he walks backwards when he gets mad too. It's actually pretty funny! Oh and his latest is feeding the dog all of his food then he cries because he doesn't have any food left. While I feel this age is a lot harder than the baby stage, I still love it. To me, he's still a baby and I am going to try to keep him a baby for as long as I can...since he is my last!
What's your favorite age? What funny things does your baby or toddler do?