Adventures with Alice, the toddlerhood chronicles.

If you have kids you know the wide array of emotions that come with toddlerhood. Not just for them but for you. It’s both awe inspiring and downright exhausting. Its amazing the amount of emotions a pint sized human can express in a matter of minutes. My daughter can go from happiest little girl in the world to Satan himself in the blink of an eye. I’m sure you’ve seen the meme that says “I didn’t know I could ruin someone’s day by giving them the wrong color cup” it sounds funny but my god is it true.

Currently we are going through teething. Our first round, she has eight teeth come in at once. It was miserable. Now being the overachiever she is, it seems that the rest of her bottom teeth and a few top ones are all coming. She is pissed and miserable so of course we must all wallow in her misery together. When she’s not in misery she’s pushing the limit and finding her place. This girl climbs on tables and kitchen chairs. She’s suddenly tall enough to pull things off the kitchen table and quickly try shoving them in her mouth.

Being the youngest, and the only girl, she already has her brothers wrapped around her mischievous little fingers. If I’m too busy to pick her up at the drop of hat she goes to my oldest to hold her. Cute right? Yeah not so much, once he has her she starts to fuss so naturally he brings her to me so I can hold her. Same thing if she wants something I’ve taken away. She cries to her brothers and next thing I know it’s back in her hand. “But she wanted it” they tell me. Right now we are working on “just because she wants it doesn’t mean she can have it.”

From the moment she was born I could tell she was going to be a handful. Within hours she was lifting up her head. It didn’t take long for her to be aware of everything going on around her.As soon as she was mobile she watching everyone and how they do things and trying to copy them. Now at 15 months she knows what she wants and she’s not afraid to make it known. She tries to dress herself and chases her brothers around trying to brush their hair. She’s a late talker but that does not stop her from being vocal, she’s also nailed nodding and shaking her head so you can imagine the fun that brings.

Now that we’ve got a toddler we’ve hit tantrum territory. The worst kind of tantrums are the ones they try and throw while you’re holding them. I’ve never dropped her but man that sudden attempt to throw herself backwards has made me come pretty close. She throws a fit I throw out my back trying to keep a hold of her it’s a hoot. Fortunately her throw herself to the ground tantrums don’t last long. Fun fact, if you don’t acknowledge them they generally get over it pretty quick. Individual results may vary.

As I’m writing this I’m realizing how much there is to say about having a toddler. Also as I’m writing this my daughter is shoving crackers in my mouth because sharing is not optional. I’m thinking this is going to have to be a series of posts so check back next week for the next adventure with Alice.

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