Parenting 2.0

Teetering on Toddlerhood

Posted on: July 1, 2010

What to Expect When You’re Expecting, The Baby Whisperer, Healthy Sleep Habits, and this list of parenting books could go on and on. Most of the new parents I know are familiar with a least a couple of the above mentioned titles. New parents do a lot of preparing, reading, wondering and thinking about how to do right by their babies. Although, truth be told there’s a tonne of different ways to be a great parent, and all the answers can’t be found in one particular book. There is, after all, something to be said for parental instinct, right?

Anyway, I was no different; I planned and read about how to be a good mommy and when Niko was born I felt ready. I had a plan for feeding, for sleeping, and for parenting in general. It’s just that the length of what I’d planned for (babyhood) seems to be coming to an end. Yes, (not so little) Niko has entered a new realm of being, and is verging on crawling, walking and toddlerhood. He can’t crawl just yet, but if he’s got his eye on something and it’s within a few feet, he can certainly maneuver over to it, and will inevitably put whatever it is he’s after in his mouth. I guess that’s how they discover and learn though, right?

So,what about life after the baby stage? No one told me to prepare for this. All the focus was on preparing for the “baby”, but what about preparing for parenting a toddler? Niko’s  started a lovely new routine of screaming when something’s taken away from him. You may be wondering why I would take anything from a baby, but when he’s got his hands (and mouth) on the TV remote he always ends up changing the channel or messing with the volume. Or if it’s the cordless phone, he usually ends up turning it on between mouthfuls and dialing random numbers (I guess only my phone bill will reveal the success [or not] of his dialing). So yes, I take things from him and he starts  in full force with the drama. But my point is, that I don’t particularly feel ready for this stage of parenthood. This stage where he can wiggle around and move. This stage where he’s discovering everything and subsequently chewing on everything as well. (Hello, weird little alive blue bug! Yes, that’s what I found in his mouth the other day, but that’s another story.)

This stage certainly takes a lot more effort – not that parenting a baby doesn’t take effort, because it does. It’s just that when Niko was smaller I could pretty much plan around him. Now that he’s teetering on the edge of toddlerdom, anything and nothing is possible all at the same time. They always say to prepare yourself for parenthood, and I did. But what about life after the first nine months? I’m not feeling a huge push from the general public, as I did when preparing for the “baby”, to plan for parenting beyond the baby days. But maybe I should be. Or maybe I should just start hitting the books again…

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