It's official - my daughter is a toddler.
Having recently learned to walk "long distance" (more than a few steps at a time), she wants to walk EVERYWHERE and see EVERYTHING. Toys are of no interest to her. Food is an afterthought. Baby gates are her enemy. Holy crap, are we ready for this?
Ready or not, here she comes. As with all of the big milestones - rolling over, crawling, standing up - Carly will lead the way and my husband and I will just try to keep up.
Since I work during the day, my husband's daily routine will change far more than mine as a result of Carly's newfound mobility. I will have a different set of challenges - remembering how much she is growing and changing, learning to play her new favorite games, and trying not to overreact to the inevitable falls and frustrations that come with growing up.
That last one is the hardest for me. Working from home, I have the privilege of being able to pop downstairs for a visit with Carly whenever I feel like it. Unfortunately I find it difficult not to come running every time I hear her cry, and she cries a lot more these days.
It's usually nothing that requires my intervention - frustration with the limits we have to impose to keep her safe (such as baby gates and safety locks), a little bump from a fall, or a temper tantrum because she can't always do exactly what she wants. But it has been difficult getting used to the idea that not every cry requires a response from me.
I suppose it's also a little difficult to accept that Carly's not a little baby anymore. I can't get over how quickly it happened. But I am looking forward to seeing what happens next.
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