I have good days with my toddler - even when I have more bad days

I had bad days with my toddler, but the good days are always the highlight of my day. At two years, she has me upset and losing my mind in the morning. Then grinning from ear to ear at the end of the day. 

Bath time today was like an exorcism. I can never know what to expect with this little girl. All she wanted to do was to sit in the water. When I attempted bathing her she screamed, “Stop it! Stop it, Mommy!” Normally I would be proud of the excellent use of words but not today. So I did the only thing I could do wrestle-bath her!

We finally made it out of the bathroom after an incredible wrestling performance. With me trying to catch my breath. And my bouncy toddler jumping on the bed animated and giggling. I’m always at awe at how quickly she changes her mood.

Then she screamed, “Mommy, I’m clean!” Are you kidding me? 

“She has me upset and losing my mind in the morning. Then grinning from ear to ear at the end of the day. Being a parent you deal with all the glorious ups and down!”

I am a good mom even through the bad days…

Hubby and I have noticed how she makes it her goal to get her hands dirty. Only because she wants to wash them. Yes. She loves being clean. In a day she has countless trips to the bathroom just for those tiny hands. I think she might like the hand wash a little too much!

She made a complete 360 after the 5th trip, refused to stop washing her hands. She went completely hysterical, screaming at the top of her lungs, throwing a couple of scratches and kicks my way. I had to piggyback her, to calm her down. It took me all of 15 minutes till she finally fell asleep on my back. After the calm, her meltdown left an uncomfortable silence. 

When we're in public all my toddler does is run around

We went to the mall to get a few things. I keep her in the trolley to avoid her running around and bumping into people. It works until it doesn’t! I spent the rest of the store visit apologising and wincing every time she screamed for her Papa (which was all the time).

Then because we can never end our store visits without a grand performance from my girl. We were waiting in line to pay at the till. Then a lady came to join our line. She stood right in front of the watermelons my daughter had been ogling. Big mistake! She was so upset that she stuck out her tongue and spit in the lady’s direction. I was ready to leave everything and just head out of the store.

She is just expressing herself right? …

My toddler does the cutest things ever…

When we got home she sat down next to me kissed me on my cheek and said, “I love you, Mommy”

That act of affection made it all worth it. I forgot about all the troubles we had during the day, the public meltdowns all of it.

Today we had a good day.