We have a board book at our house that I bought for our little’s first Christmas called “If I Could Keep You Little.” At first, it actually took me longer than the normal forty-five seconds that it takes to get through a board book because I kept tearing up at the damn thing. As you can guess, it’s cheerfully written from guardian to child, voicing concern over their impending growth and development. The illustrations are simple at best, comprised of colorful cartoony sketches that are so whimsical it’s hard to actually feel all that sad about the theme of the book. But, still, I found a way.
Since that purchase, my son has since crawled, walked and talked, among other things. He’s now more of a person than a baby. While I can’t say there’s much I miss about his earlier days (I’d surely be wistful for his time in a swaddle if he wasn’t such a good snuggler now, lucky for me), I feel like he’s changed more in the last few months than all the other months combined. If only someone had warned me that kids grow up quickly!
JK, everyone warned me. Even though I’m kinda in denial about it (“Can we still call him a baby while he’s literally running down the sidewalk, pointing and shouting at dogs?”), it’s become pretty clear that kiddo is, in fact, a toddler. Here’s how you can know if yours is, too: