As I write this, it is 19 degrees. Two days ago it was 60 degrees. Nebraska weather sure is weird that way! When Lauren told me how warm it was going to be on Wednesday, we both agreed that we had to get outside with the kids. The last time we went for a walk, though, M was a little antsy. She didn’t want to be in the stroller; she wanted to walk next to us. Then she refused to get in the car to go home. I was worried we’d repeat the same thing.
Turned out, Wednesday was perfect. She was fine in the stroller. Great, in fact! We walked to the playground and she did the swing and slide and rode the horse and duck. When it was time to leave, there was minimal fuss. Nothing a few animal crackers couldn’t fix. Lauren and I decided to try and fit in lunch, too. We didn’t have a lot of time, though, and M is a slow eater. I gave her a box of raisins while we ate our noodles and she was totally fine. (She had a turkey sandwich when we got home.) No tantrums when we left or when it was time to get in the car to go home.
The afternoon was also great. She actually took a nap during quiet time! We cooked dinner together and she ate all of her black beans and rice. Even chicken! After dinner, I went to knitting group and treated myself with one of those yummy caramel cider drinks. M was an angel for her dad. They read books, she got her jammies on without a fuss, brushed her teeth and went to bed with no problems.
Living with a two year old is different every day. She’s learning how to express herself and make her opinions known. She’s flexing her independence muscles, so to speak. I love to see these changes in her. All of these come with frustrations, though. Together we try to navigate a happy medium between what she wants and what we need to do. Wednesday was like toddler syzygy. It was as if all of the stars aligned to bring us a perfect day.