Scary Place, This Toddler-land!

Your quiz results make you a Pretty in the City Mom.
You might have a subscription to both Parenting Magazine and Vogue.
While picking up a darling Easter outfit for your tyke at Bloomingdale's
you're tempted to grab a pair of Manolo Blahniks for your own tootsies.
You are a fabulous mom, and you take care of yourself fabulously, too.

Yeah, okay, I do agree with this quiz result. Cute Easter outfit---Grace has special outfits for every holiday (yes, I am THAT mom!). But really, a fabulous mom? Not sure. These days I really feel like I am just "winging it" (as a friend said yesterday!).

When Grace was a baby, I read all the books---What To Expect, Dr Sears's Baby Book, the list goes on and on and on. I could handle teething, ready with sleeping plans, and even reserached each and every piece of baby gear in the house until I could spit out the stats on the stroller and the high chair in my sleep. Now that she is a toddler, I have no clue what is going on! There is a bog world out there in Toddler-land and I must have misplaced my map!

She walks and talks and is too big for her crib now and is starting to be interested in the toilet. What the heck do I do when she throws up? Its never happened before.....what can I give her to eat? Can she eat? Is Motrin okay to give her if she is throwing up---it helps the fever but does it make her nauseus? Ahhhh....so many questions and all the answers are too vague to make sense out of!

Yes, I have What To Expect During The Toddler Years but really! I dont need help on the big problems concerning a toddler packrat (she's 2--of course she wants to bring all her toys with her everywhere you go!) or all the issues surrounding the toddler not wanting to wear shoes (have you seen some of those kid shoes out there---they are ugly; I dont blame those kids!). Its the big things I feel lost about. How do you discipline a 23 month old? Does she understand the "Naughty Step"? Doe she even know what the hell you are talking about when you tell her that something is not nice or makes Mommy sad?

Personally, the baby days were so much easier for me---all those little ones need is a boob every few hours, a blanket to be swaddled in, and a pacifier so Mommy can have a break! Sign me up for that; I can handle it---after all those books, I am an expert. But toddler-land is foregin to me. So Grace and I and Bill are walking through the forest haoping that we make it to the other side! But then again, whats on the other side? Is it scarier than this place or better? Hmmmmm......can we just freeze time here? maybe I can catch up and live in toddler-land forever. At least I would have time to read all the books and get really good at toddler-speak!


kba said...

Your quiz results make you a Zen Mom

How do you do it? Even when explosions are all around, you are able to take a deep cleansing breath and chant your mantra "this too shall pass." You are a calming influence on your kids in a hectic world.

HA! I think this state of "Zen-ness" will only last until Ashley starts walking - which seems only a few weeks off. I seriously feel like I'm winging it 9 times out of 10 already but so far she's a happy little booger. It seems for every bit of advice there's a counter...and I've taken on the advice someone once gave me when I feel like I'm doing it all wrong "No one has ever raised Ashley - all that advice is for other babies - feel free to pick and choose what works for you and her". And ya know what, so far we're doing okay :) I can vouch for Gracie too - she's doing just fine! But it is a stressful thing not knowing what to do - it'd be nice if these little babies came with personalized How-To Manuals...

allie said...

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? YOu are so rockin' this mom thing. I'm sure sometimes it doesn't feel like it, but look how well adjusted moo is. And I meant to tell you, I think she does understand certain things. Like she told me she was a 'good girl' and I said yes you are. Said it several times so she does get it. Maybe it was you that said that by the time you figure out the current stage they're in, they're onto the next and your new found info is no longer pertinent. So maybe you don't have all of the answers, but you are a super mom, and I'm so proud of you!