I know they say the days are long but the years are short, and I know this all too well in my 2.5 short years of parenting so far. My toddler is growing up before my very eyes and with baby number two expected any day now, I’m scared to blink in case I miss anything. There are many incredible parts to this parenting journey. So much I just wish I could bottle up and relive over and over again. But I would be lying if I said there wasn’t some things about these long days with a toddler that I really won’t miss.

1. Public Tantrums

That moment when your toddler decides to act like a total jerk in the middle of Target and scream over and over again about how badly they need that toy or piece of candy, only for you to try handle it quietly and quickly because you can feel every eye in the store store judging you. Yeh, I wont miss that.

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2. Nap Strikes

Honestly, I kinda wish I just gave up trying sometimes, but the cranky toddler makes the battle live on. It’s basically a lose lose situation. They are miserable without a nap and I’m miserable from fighting with them all day.

3. Stop, Drop and Potty

My daughter is recently potty trained and I never realized how much I would miss diapers. There is actually nothing worse then standing in the grocery line with all your items loaded up and ready to check out when your toddler declares they need to potty, right now.

4. Picky Eaters

Actually it’s not so much the pickiness that drives me bonkers, just to the straight refusal to try anything, ever. I mean, you would think I was trying to torture my 2 year old the way she acts at the dinner table.

5. The Battle Of Wills

I honestly LOVE that my daughter is a strong, independent and confident child. It’s just that when we have to leave the house and she needs to put on shoes, it would be nice for it not to turn into World War III each time.

6. Mounds Of Laundry

Laundry for days and days and days. On the rare occasion I actually see the bottom of my laundry basket, I relish in it because I know it will last all of 30 seconds.

7. Not Being Able To Have Nice Things

I know this is probably going to sound incredibly selfish and materialistic, but I would love to be able to buy something for myself or my home and not worry about how long it’s going to last around my rambunctious toddler. New throw pillows? Forget it, they will be yoghurt stained before long and thrown on the floor numerous times a day. New shirt? Just wait for sticky handprints and being stretched out from being pulled on all day, every day.


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Ellice Vargas

Ellice Vargas

I'm a British gal and mama to one sweet daughter. I love a good DIY project, interior design and photography. When I'm not writing for Life As Mama, I'm traveling as much as I can with my little family and filling up my camera roll with snapshots of our life.