My son just rounded the corner on two and a half, and I can confidently say that the last six months have been more different than the ones leading up to his second birthday. I see far more signs of “little boy” than I do of “baby” these days, and I’m not just talking about his shape and size. He’s more energetic, he’s more curious, he’s more imaginative, and he’s more talkative. Basically, he’s harder to keep up with than ever before. So, I’ve realized that there are things moms should do before their kid turns two, because once he or she is at this age, it’s a whole new ball game.
I don’t mean for any of this to sound like complaining, because I'm not. I’m actually enjoying this age a a lot since, most of the time, chasing an invisible octopus around the living room is kinda fun for me, too (as long as my son is there). The toddler stage isn't bad, it’s just not comparable, and I’m spending my energy in different ways than I did before.While I can’t say I miss the previous stages, I do look back on them fondly and see where I had room to really enjoy what made them unique. After all, I didn't know what was about to change until it changed.
So, for any moms with an almost-two-year-old, here's what I suggest you cross off the ole "to do" list. After all, you only get to experience this soon-to-be-a-2-year-old phase, with your unique, one-of-a-kind child, once.