The Terrible Twos - the Highs and the Lows

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Zach is only two months into being two, and already it feels as though he has got this whole 'terrible twos' thing down. I knew it was coming, and although at times it is so bloody tough, there are so many lovely moments each day that balance it all out somewhat. I don't know how long this will last, so I thought it might be a good idea to write a little about how life is right now.

If there's one thing that I know for sure, it is that Zach is determined, and constantly striving to be as independent as possible. It is amazing and annoying; sometimes both at the same time. When he refuses help (which is a lot of the time!) it invariably takes longer for us to do anything. Things like putting on shoes or taking the lid off a yogurt, that used to take seconds, now take what feels like a lifetime. But I have never felt more proud of him than when he succeeds.

For Zach, the terrible twos are at their absolute worst at the same time every single day: bed time. If any of you parents who might be reading this have any idea how I can actually convince my child to stay in bed and go to sleep despite the fact that he "don't want bed any more" please let me know! It is an ongoing battle, and I feel as though we have tried absolutely everything, so I think it might just be a case of riding the wave and waiting out.

Whilst Zach is defiant, and incredibly strong minded, it is some of those very moments when he is fighting for his own way that I realise how deeply I love him. I love hearing his little voice as he argues his case, and always have an internal chuckle at the way he puts together his sentences. For someone who has such a limited vocabulary he sure does put up a good fight. When he tantrums on the floor, and I consider listing him on eBay for the 600th time, I realise just how empty my life would be without him, now I know how full it is with him here.

And whilst I hope that some things will get a little easier with time, I still want to cling on to these moments. The days may be long, but the years are short, and soon he won't want to hold my hand as we walk to the park, he will stop calling me 'mama', and he will no longer want to snuggle after he's woken from a nap. In fact, I think our days of naps are almost over as it is.

So, Zach, my darling little savage: I love you, and all your quirks, despite the fact that you often push me to the edge. The highs outweigh the lows, at least right now, and without you my life wouldn't be half as fun, and my heart half as full. I hope that we're doing right by you, and I have to thank you for making me your mama, because it is most definitely, hand on heart, the best thing in the world.

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