It has been amazing and incredible to watch Ryland’s growth and development over the last few months. She is becoming a little person and learning every day. It makes me so proud as a mom to see her gain new skills and confidence.
It is also ruining my life.
Okay, I kid, kind of. But seriously they don’t warn you that the smarter and stronger and more adept your child becomes, the HARDER it gets. Sometimes I feel like a really desperate hostage negotiator in my own home, pleading with my child to PUT DOWN THE GLASS VASE. Or LET GO OF THAT KNIFE (AND HOW IN THE HELL DID YOU EVEN GET IN THE KNIFE DRAWER!?!).
Or for the LOVE OF GOD DO NOT DROP MOMMY’S PHONE IN THE TOILET.
Basically there is a constant stand off around these parts between me and a 2 and a half foot tall drunken terrorist.
“Reads” on her own
Tests things out like a scientist
Becomes a better problem solver
Toddler problem solving is a fantastic skill in preschool and life in general. However, it is not a good thing when you are trying to keep fragile or dangerous objects away from her. Literally as I was typing this she walked into the room with an antique china dish from my grandmother. I thought it was out of reach. She used another item of furniture to get to it.
She watches us and remembers. Everything. It’s like living with an illiterate, miniature, sloppy Russian spy.
Runs and climbs
Yeah, so our house looks like the set of American Ninja Warrior if all the contestants took a dozen shots of tequila before competing. There’s a lot of this.
Asserts her independence
Oh, perhaps the most charming milestone of them all. Like when she insists on getting out of the stroller to run down the sidewalk (and try to steal decorative rocks out of the neighbor’s yards). Or insists on going down the stairs by herself, even though it takes about an hour and sometimes mama just does not have the time for that business. Or shuts the closet door in my face when I find her in there pulling all of daddy’s ties off the rack. Again. Her new favorite word is “bye.” She does it when she’s annoyed at me and wants me to leave her alone. Complete with a sassy wave.
This is the reason we have watched Sing 765 times. I am not at all sick of it. Matthew McConaughey’s koala voice definitely doesn’t haunt my dreams. I don’t see Gunter and his sparkly red body suit when I close my eyes.
So yeah, there’s a lot of really fun development that goes on between 18-24 months. If by fun, you mean having your house and all your worldly possessions always just a step away from total annihilation and being completely OWNED by a tiny person with no sense of reason and violent mood swings.
Now excuse me as I go clutch a bottle of wine and repeat the immortal words of John Locke (the Lost guy, not the philosopher, although I’m sure he would have some good advice on the matter at hand too).