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. 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). :)

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

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

  7. 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!!

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

  9. 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? :-)

  10. what a great fall picture!!!

  11. 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!!

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