What we think parenting will be like compared to what being a parent is actually like are often completely different pictures. Even if you feel like you're an awesome parent, the Terrible Twos will make you question your awesomeness. The Terrible Twos of toddlerhood are, well, terrible. They were given that name for an extremely valid reason. Two-year-olds have a way of turning a clear, sunny day into what feels like a natural disaster with their manic meltdowns and impenetrable egos. They're pushing boundaries and learning limits. If you draw a line, there's no doubting that they're going to cross it. Eventually these little dictators will mature enough to respect our parental authority, but until that time comes, it's a good idea to keep Tylenol on hand because convincing a child that asparagus is delicious is a huge headache.
As with most aspects of life, time certainly flies when you're so stressed that you can't think clearly (Isn't that how the saying goes?). Having a toddler is no different. Before you know it, their irrational emotional fits will taper off, and the only tears you'll be wiping away will be your own as your heart breaks watching your squishy little baby turn into a full-blown, smelly, awesome kid.
Come to think of it, you might actually miss the Terrible Twos. Well, maybe not every aspect of them, but definitely certain parts that you were previously unaware were actually sort of cute...in hindsight...when they're far, far behind you...in the past...burning in hell where they belong...you'll totally miss these things.