Today felt like the first proper day of having a toddler. Skye's been walking for a couple of weeks and has definitely seemed like more of a toddler than a baby for even longer than that but today we entered a new level of toddler-style attitude!
Today Skye lay down on the ground in the car park of the supermarket because she didn't really fancy going in. She wasn't having a tantrum, she just thought it was funny, but she was like a dead weight when I tried to pick her up so she totally knew what she was doing.
I felt even more like the mum of a pickly toddler when some other shoppers walked by and giggled at her. It wasn't in a judgey way, more in like a 'we've totally been there too' sort of way. It kind of made me feel like I was levelling up in the game of motherhood!
And that's it really: It's not just that she seems more like a toddler now in the way she looks, the words she's saying, the way she behaves. It's more that I feel like I've become the mum of a toddler. I've spent today frustrated and exasperated, and delighted and entertained in equal measures.
She totally amazes me with all the things she can do now, the expressions she has, how capable she's becoming at things. And she totally drives me crazy when she laughs at me when I say no or when she turns on the waterworks if I stop her from doing something she shouldn't be doing.
She's always been fiesty and boisterous and a total monkey, and that's a large part of how she brings us such joy. But I have a feeling that now we've entered toddlerhood those qualities are going to challenge me more than they have so far and I'm going to have my hands even more full!
Let the fun begin!