Babies are a tease, man. They're all mushy and delightful, and all they do is sleep and poop. Newborns are essentially inert little lumps of adorable, and infants generally stay where you put them. Once a kid becomes bipedal, however, it's a whole different ballgame. Not quite a baby, but not quite a child, toddlers are a conundrum wrapped in a riddle. "Mommy! I want you!" (two second later) "Go away!" There's no instruction manual for toddlers, and all those dumpster fire toddler moments may have you questioning your life choices.
I adore my daughter, but at almost 2, she's a little minx. She was the world's easiest baby in that she was a good eater and a good sleeper. My friends called her a "trick baby," a piece of cake cherub that convinces other couples to try to conceive. Imagine my surprise when "no sweat" baby became a walking, talking little demon. Overnight, my little love became impossibly stubborn, prone to frequent fits, and increasingly desirous of independence while lacking the requisite motor skills. It's a perfect storm, and one that's left the captain of this ship wondering what the hell she got herself into.
Toddlerhood is certainly full of joys as well, don't get me wrong. Toddlers are as charming as they are infuriating. However, there's no denying this stage is anything but child's play.