The Terrible 1s

by beagooddad on November 13, 2008

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Babies are so cute. I saw a 3 month old just last night and when he smiled he looked EXACTLY like his big brother. So adorable resting in his car seat while his parents pushed him around Target.

I remember when Giggles was cute like that and I used to say nice things to her all the time.

Now, approximately 85% of my conversations go like this:

Me – “No”
Giggles – [turns around to look at me]
Me – “No”
Giggles – [turns around to look at me]
Me – [moves Giggles to a different part of the house while she goes limp and then starts twisting and kicking while screaming]
Me – “No”
Giggles – [turns around to look at me]
Me – “No”
Giggles – [turns around to look at me]
Me – [moves Giggles to a different part of the house while she goes limp and then starts twisting and kicking while screaming]
[repeat until nap, meal, diaper change or bedtime]

Sometimes when she turns to look at me, she will shake her head to confirm that she did hear me but just doesn’t plan on paying attention.

Seriously. One and mobile is way worse the the dreaded terrible twos. I’ve met very few 2 year olds that I didn’t get along with. 1 and 3 are completely different stories, though.

And we only have so many surfaces that are up out of her reach and since her reach is getting higher every day, even those spots are starting to disappear.

This would probably be a great time for a parenting tip on how to survive this phase. I suggest getting a calendar, circling your toddler’s second birthday, and crossing off the days. They are so much nicer when they are 2.

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