I knew this day would come but I didn’t think it would come so soon. My daughter is sitting in the driver’s seat of my car, hands on the wheel. She has wound the window down all the way as the day is quite warm. “Come on,” she says. “We have to go.”
“Where are we going?” I say.
“To the market.”
“Do you know how to get there?”
“Oh. Hmmm. Hang on.” She leans over, puts on the hazard lights. “I need to look at my map.” She takes the map from the door pocket, opens the map, flicks through the pages. “We need Parramatta Road,” she says.
Did I mention she’s two-and-a-half? Oh, and the park brake was firmly on and the keys were *not* in the car, which was in the driveway. It was so cute watching her try to reach the pedals.
I know they say that one day you have a baby and the next you have a toddler, but this seems a little ridiculous. I feel like I have a fully formed child, not a toddler.
I’ve gone from a two-year-old girl who was breastfed, wore nappies, signed when she was happy and threw tantrums when she wasn’t and was mostly transported in the Ergo to a child who is weaned, takes herself to the potty without even talking to us (pulls her own undies down, sits down, does her business, wipes, pulls her undies up, washes her hands… the whole shebang), talks up a storm, even to the point of saying “Mama, I’m very frustrated with you right now” and who walked a kilometer through bushland on the weekend. I blinked and this happened. What on earth is next?
She’s making up stories and talking with imaginary friends. She’s imitating Totoro and trying to grow trees from acorns by stretching her arms up high. She’s pinching my cheeks and saying “gorgeous girl”.
Most amazingly, ever since we implemented the final stage in the No Cry Sleep Solution and went for the Toddler Bedtime List, she’s going to sleep without either of us in the room (in the phase before this, we read to her, then turned the light out and sat next to her while she fell asleep, sometimes patting her or holding her hand if she asked. That’s another post, though…)
She is the highlight of my life at the moment. I love her to bits. Her giggle is infectious. I just love watching her grow up but I want to stretch time a little because I know it’ll be only too soon before she’s really in that car with L plates on the back and then we’re in trouble.