My son is coming up to 16 months and I can honestly say it’s been such a pleasure.
He’s becoming so independent, ever so loving and ever so inquisitive.
He is very kind, loving and warm.
He’s weary of new people, but once he gets to know them he shows himself to be a confident, loving little boy.
And that’s all I wished for.
My hard work is paying off and I’m very proud as you can tell, however it’s not always been a day dream.
There’s been times where he’s tested me, when he teeths he gets really irritable, which isn’t his fault but when you’ve done everything possible and he begins to bite you while breastfeeding it really begins to have an effect on you emotionally.
He was rough with others to begin with, because he didn’t really have peers that were also walking the same time as him. He didn’t know how to be gentle, but with consistency and teaching him to be ‘nice’ and ‘kind’ to others he really has became mindful to others.
Every day is a different day.
There’s at least one bad day in the week where I can’t be bothered to prepare dinner, I can’t be bothered to see my living room wrecked again for me to vacuum and put everything back in its place.
I really haven’t got the energy to have a war with him whilst trying to change his nappy and not get crap everywhere.
I haven’t got the energy to make 4 different breakfasts because he refuses to eat anything.
The list goes on and on and on. But I’ve learned to accept those bad days, and I normally try to snap myself out of it or I go to my mothers for extra support.
It’s nice to go the play groups where there’s other children there for your little one to socialise.
It’s also nice to speak to other mothers about your feelings so you don’t feel like you’re a bad parent for feeling the way you do.
As long as you are doing your best, and making sure your little one is happy, content, warm and fed, you are certainly not a bad parent.
Be consistent, happy and mindful.
Also pick your battles and ask yourself is it necessary to shout at them in certain situations?
I hope you have a great week.