Dear Crissy

The many moods of a toddler

I am continually surprised at how quickly things can change from day to day with my son. Everything from eating, to sleeping, to his general mood can shift from one extreme to another in pretty short order. Teething and growth spurts undoubtedly have a lot to do with the erratic sleeping and changes in appetite, and wow, it is exhausting just keeping up with all of the changes sometimes.

He is starting to show the first signs of tantrum-throwing. When I took an ink pen away from him the other day, I saw the rage building up, and next thing I know he was trying to bite my hand. Whoa, buddy! Don’t bite your friends.

It’s also interested to note how as each new issue arises, it seems like the MOST important thing in the world at the time, then before you know it they are on to the next obstacle. When we first took the bottle away from Evan at 12-months, I was totally stressed because he didn’t have full mastery of his sippy cup yet. Before I knew it, the cup was no longer an issue, and now we’re on to trying to tackle self-feeding with utensils. So far, with most things, it’s been epic struggle one day and easy-peasy within a short time.

I am starting to get a little nervous about potty training, though. It’s hard to say if he’ll take to it quickly, or if it will be a major struggle. It’s almost time to start trying!

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  1. Melisa — September 28, 2010 @ 9:29 am (#)

    Everyday is a new learning experience with a toddler! Right now we are debating whether to start potty training or wait. My son is 20 months old and knows that Mommy and Daddy pee and poo in the toilet. He seems curious…I am nervous! My little boy is growing up!!


    • Dear Crissy — September 28th, 2010 @ 10:12 pm

      Aw, heartbreaking in a way to see them mature so much, isn't it?

  2. mommy-momo — September 28, 2010 @ 10:09 am (#)

    what a great fall picture!!!


    • Dear Crissy — September 28th, 2010 @ 10:13 pm

      thank you!! :)

  3. jenkline75 — September 28, 2010 @ 11:08 am (#)

    Very cute! Don't stress about potty training. He will get it eventually. After all, how many 4th graders do you know that aren't potty trained? :-)


    • Dear Crissy — September 28th, 2010 @ 10:13 pm

      Haha, knock on wood, none!

  4. Becky Jane — September 28, 2010 @ 12:28 pm (#)

    Potty training…that's an adventure all of it own. :o) Cute autumn picture!


    • Dear Crissy — September 28th, 2010 @ 10:13 pm

      Thanks Becky!

  5. Kimberly — September 28, 2010 @ 12:41 pm (#)

    Oh, the tantrums. My son is the most dramatic tantrum thrower…like worse than Kanye West…so you know that's bad. He's also started hitting me. I feel so loved. Sigh…
    I love the picture by the way!!


    • Dear Crissy — September 28th, 2010 @ 10:14 pm

      They can be a handful! & Thanks :)

  6. JaclynRubly — September 28, 2010 @ 5:20 pm (#)

    Evan is so cute next to those Pumpkins! Great Picture!


    • Dear Crissy — September 28th, 2010 @ 10:15 pm


  7. Tracie — September 28, 2010 @ 5:29 pm (#)

    I love the picture! So much fun fall-ness going on there.

    We went through a tantrum stage with my daughter, but it really was short lived, and then on to other things. Potty training is a lot about scheduling and even more about patience. You will make it through!


    • Dear Crissy — September 28th, 2010 @ 10:15 pm

      I"m glad we have a little time left before we start on the potty. :)

  8. Paula — September 28, 2010 @ 7:09 pm (#)

    You will do fine with the potty training. It seems scary when you start it but if you keep the pressure off, he will do fine! Good luck to you!


    • Dear Crissy — September 28th, 2010 @ 10:15 pm

      Thanks Paula :)

  9. Lauralee Hensley — September 29, 2010 @ 1:27 am (#)

    Mini Poem: My Toddler
    T- Teething to Tantrums
    0- Oh smelly poo poo
    D- Delightful smiles when he see his sippy cups while saying "Moo, Moo."
    D- Dimples hidden on pink chubby cheeks
    L- Loving no diaper that lets it all leak
    E- Evan
    R- Rightfully so you make my challenging Mommy life Heaven.


  10. jennifer — September 29, 2010 @ 3:07 am (#)

    Good luck on potty training!! I wish you all the best.
    Jennifer mama to 4 boys


  11. Leilani — September 29, 2010 @ 6:48 pm (#)

    First off, that photo is absolutely amazing! Secondly, I'm having the same problem with my 16 month old who's beginning to tantrum whenever she doesn't get what she wants. It's pretty funny because she'll be crying, see something that distracts her for a few seconds, then remember that she was in the middle of a tantrum and begins crying again.


  12. Matt N — October 1, 2010 @ 12:06 pm (#)

    My son is almost 3 and we are still working on potty training, I hope to God soon that he gets done soon. And the temper tantrums are amazing compared to his sister. So much easier with his sister. Maybe it’s the 2nd child or something but its crazy the difference in his compared to Addy’s.


  13. Clara — October 3, 2010 @ 3:31 pm (#)

    For tantrums but especially for first understanding what's happening in their little minds, I highly recommend dr. Karp's book "The Happiest Toddler on the block". It is just amazing to figure out WHY they are throwing tantrums and then have the solution in hand. My son is 13 months and although he's a very strong-willed, spirited baby , we manage to have a very, very stress free relationship (with some minors exceptions, of course). :)


  14. Jacqueline Taylor Griffin — November 7, 2010 @ 7:39 pm (#)

    It took me 2x to get my son to potty train, amazingly enough, my daughter potty trained herself when she was 16 months old. All baby's are different and do things in their won time! I love the photo of Evan with all the fall decor, it's just so beautiful!


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