I've always been a little scared of the post-baby phase. I adore squishy, tiny babies, and always have, so I'll happily take care of a newborn any day of the week. However, now that I have my own daughter, I've realized there are more than few reasons to look forward to toddlerhood. In fact, there are things I couldn't wait to teach my baby when she became a toddler; things I really hoped would make life less exhausting or terrifying, like how to not fall off the couch or how to ask for more hot dogs instead of just whining, "Eh! Eh!" while jutting her chin in the general direction of the thing she wants.
Babies are still my favorite age, but about eight months in I really started to look forward to having a toddler who would learn and, let's be honest, obey a little more than my squidgy baby. While toddlers definitely make bigger messes at a rapid rate, when they do listen and learn it's absolute bliss. My daughter recently learned how to say "please," and it's by far one of the cutest words she says. Somehow it's so much more satisfying to give her whatever she wants when it's preceded by her clasping her little hands together and pleading, "peas!"
Of course, my daughter still has a ways to go when it comes to mastering other skills and completely growing out of her baby phase (like not flinging herself off the playground structure without considering the powers of gravity). However, I do think there's light at the end of the tunnel, and I'm excited that she'll be learning a few more of these important tricks soon.