By Nicole Fabian-Weber
Having a toddler means going through a roller coaster of emotions each day. From sheer joy to sheer exhaustion, one thing is for certain when you've got a 2- or 3-year-old: No one emotion will last all that long. You can be lovingly staring at your little one, feeling nothing but absolute bliss, and then, boom! Out of nowhere, she’ll have a complete meltdown, and -- to put it mildly -- you're no longer basking in the bliss that was 10 seconds ago.
Got a toddler? Then surely you can relate to these 11 emotions moms feel each day.
If you thought having a baby meant never sleeping, have you ever had a toddler living under your roof? While toddlers (typically) are better about sleeping through the night, many of them get up wildly early. And if they're sleeping in a big kid bed, they will come directly out of their room and into yours. And will proceed to pry your eyelids open with chubby little fingers while loudly whispering, "Are you awake?!"
Moments after being ripped from your sound slumber, you likely feel joy, as few things feel as amazing as a sleepy, warm toddler snuggling against you in bed.
When the adorable snuggle session has come to a close, you very likely will feel downright confused and bewildered at how someone can wake up with that much energy. Pass the coffee!
After having some coffee and getting your little one fueled up on breakfast, you'll likely feel nice. Everyone is happy right now, and you can't think of anywhere else in the world you'd rather be.
Theeennn afternoon rolls around, and you've been entertaining your kid for how long? And it's how many hours until dinner? What the heck are you going to do with the rest of your day?!
At some point during the day, your little one is bound to say something so sweet and so adorable that you think your heart might explode. How lucky are you to have the world's best kid?!
And then, on a dime, your sweet little doll will have a meltdown, because his blue cup isn't clean, and he has to drink out of the red one. Only one word can describe how you're feeling: frustrated.
And then the tantrum won't stop and oh my gosh it's still only 2 p.m. Whyyyy?
Of course, when the tantrum is over, and everything is calm again, you will feel like a terrible mom/human for ever getting mad at such a sweet and tiny person. Shame on you!
There really is no other way to describe the dinner/cleanup/bath time/story time/bedtime rush. It's a frazzle fest!
Having a clean, yummy toddler lying in your arms while you read her a few bedtime stories is one of the best feelings in the world.
Nicole Fabian-Weber is the mama to a sweet toddler girl and a baby boy. She lives outside of NYC and writes for The Stir and numerous other online publications. Right now, she’s probably fantasizing about sleep.
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