Shine is 2 years and 3 months old and it’s an awesome phase, although utterly exasperating, exhausting and awesome in equal measures. Anyone else have a 2 year old who is like this will know what I mean.
She is fiercely independent. I do it is repeated about 17,384 times a day. Often followed by a plea of mummy do it if she can’t quite do exactly as she wants immediately. This is new to me as Sun will happily have me do everything for him if he can get away with it. Shine not only wants to dress herself, she wants to dress me and Sun as well. This leads either to us being late or being on time but with a teary toddler in tow who’s outraged I didn’t let her attempt to buckle my sandals for the billionth time.
She is catching up with her peers and learning to climb and run with a bit more agility. This is great to see but also nerve wracking when she decides to try to climb out of the trolley while my back is turned. She wants to do everything her big brother does, despite not always having the physical ability to do so. Queue much frustration and tears.
She has mastered using the toilet and with it discovered a skill for speedy disrobing which she likes to practice at every opportunity. In her mind it is completely necessary to be naked before going for a wee. Much easier than trying to hold your dress out of the way!
She has found doll love and it’s brilliant. She will sit and play with her baby dolls, contentedly washing their faces, putting them to bed, feeding them and taking them for walks. Unfortunately she also loves to dress and undress them. On loop. And with much input from me. Mummy take the baby’s shoes off. I oblige. One minute later, Mummy put the baby’s shoes on. Repeat until I am close to binning all baby doll clothes and shoes while Shine sleeps and telling her baby likes to be naked too when she asks where the clothes have gone.
She has also realised it would be very nice to eat just biscuits and cakes. She tries her luck and asks for a biscuit a few dozen times a day despite knowing she won’t get one. Got to love her persistence.
I always think it’s no coincidence that newborn babies learn to smile around the 6 week mark when you’re utterly exhausted and in need of the boost. I think it’s also no coincidence then that toddlers are adorable, engaging and affectionate to balance out their infuriating tendencies.
About 307 times a day Shine will say Mummy and wait for me to answer, yes honey?, before saying I uv oo. Much needed to balance out the I do its!