Toddler-Tough Conversations at 2 a.m.

Have you ever had one of those 2-a.m.-tough conversations? You know the time, before you’ve had enough sleep or any coffee to ensure your brain is properly functioning. I had some great ones in my pre-kids era but, wow, toddagers (God’s design to prepare us for the teenage angst with our children by first putting them in a cute almost-baby body of a toddler focused on the subjects of cuddly stuffed animals, sippy cups, and snacks) really take it up a notch. My two boys started this stage at 18 months (only 18 months of sweet babyhood) and the oldest finally seems to have come to his senses now that we are closing in on 4 (2 1/2 years, people!). Some of usual suspects in these conversations include:

  • snack, snack, cheerriooos!
  • Bear, where Bear?!?
  • new day, it NEW DAY
  • dwink…dwink (while moaning deliriously as if he had not had a drink 10 minutes before this)
  • blanket brookkeeen!

My all-time favorite one, though, just happened the other night. We were all blissfully sleeping in our beds, in our own rooms. Suddenly the skilled escape artist broke out of his bed, opened his door, made a beeline through the common area, broke the child-safety doorknob cover, opened my bedroom door, climbed onto our bed, climbed on top of me… I woke to the sounds of a cute chubby-baby voice shouting “HOOOSE, HOOOSE” (translation: horse) while being bounced up-and-down.

Toddagers: (a contraction of the two terms referring to childhood years) God’s design to prepare us for the teenage angst with our children by first putting them in a cute almost-baby body of a toddler focused on the subjects of cuddly stuffed animals, sippy cups, and snacks

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