Adulting is hard, and when you throw a tiny dictator into the mix, it doesn't get any easier. Toddlers, while amazing and sweet and truly fun to be around and parent, are pretty damn difficult. It can be a tough stage to navigate, so there are more than a few totallynormal things all toddler moms cry over.
Now, it's worth mentioning that I happen to love the toddler stage. In fact, so far it's definitely my favorite "kid" stage. I adore my toddler's sweetness and curiosity, as well the unprecedented rate of learning. I mean, it's just kind of amazing, especially when you stop to think of all the things your kid has learned in such a short span of time. However, and having said that, raising a toddler isn't all sweetness and and sloppy kisses. My 19-month-old son is one of the most even-tempered toddlers I've ever seen, but even he pushes my buttons and brings me to tears every now and then. His older brother was a toddler's toddler, though, and made me cry on a pretty regular basis. Like, pretty much daily. He was intense, or rather "spirited," and his tantrums would bring people to a standstill in the supermarket. As much as I love toddlers, I'm not gonna lie, I wasn't sad when he moved on to a more even-keeled 3 year old.