I can compare Baby to Toddler really easily now, and the differences are sometimes amusing, sometimes irritating, but always stark.
Let’s focus today on how a kid listens and responds.
Me asking Toddler to do something => “No!” or “I don’t waaant to!” or “I’m busy working on a setup with my Barbies!” or “I don’t feel my pee!”
Me asking Baby to do something (eg. “Walk over here! Come on! You can do it!”) => Baby does exactly what I ask.
Hallelujah! So easy! No angst! No argument! Wow, life is easy with a baby who doesn’t talk back! I miss that. I forgot how easy life can be when your kid actually does what you ask. I can’t even describe how nice it is when there is no back talk or complaining.
You know what I mean?
Not that Toddler is mean about it or rude – not too much, anyway, as she’s generally quite a good kid – but just having someone smaller than you argue with you all day long … and win the argument frequently (“argument,” of course) is exhausting.
I love my baby, I love my baby, I love my baby….