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Hi. I'm New Here.

Forget drugs, this is your day on toddlers.

I don’t want to be here, because that means my baby is officially a toddler.

Hi. My name is Casey and I’m in denial.

A year ago today my seven year old was six and could do pretty much all the same things she does now and she also had a much different situation going on with all those giant teeth in her head. She was a little shorter, a first grader and that’s about where the differences end.

My baby on the other hand, a year ago today she was lying flat on her back flailing her legs like an overturned crab, drinking nothing but milk and taking these long glorious naps all swaddled up like a burrito. Today she’s up in her crib squawking like an angry bird about naps being for babies after a full lunch of tomatoes, carrots, chicken and cheese. She walks everywhere, draws on my walls, pulls my hair, pile drives the cats and hates baths.

Did I mention a year ago she didn’t have much of an opinion on life? She also wasn’t mobile. Oh my how mobile changes things.

This is where I begin my time here on Toddler Times, with an opinionated and loud 16 month old baby girl named Vivi. She is my world and not just because I have to keep an eye on her at all times or she will eat glitter. I waited six long years to get her here and now I simply can’t imagine a life without her, well, aside from the moments when she comes walking into my bedroom and I wonder what the hell happened to the baby I had last week.

SERIOUSLY.

I don’t remember it going this fast the first time around! Is it because I’m older? Wiser? Is it because of global warming?

Regardless, I’ll be here for the next little while, you know, until Vivi is filling out college applications next week and leaving me in a puddle of my own tears.

My name is Casey. I’m a mom, a wife, a friend, a sister, a cake lover, a photographer, a blogger and I really like to write. I’m 30. I live in Indiana. My husband is an attorney and blogs as well. All of our family lives in Utah and I miss them horribly but I enjoy my Midwestern life and the low housing costs it offers me.

I look forward to documenting the strange wonderful things that the coming months and years of toddlerhood hold for me, and hope you’ll come along so we can weep in misery and celebrate with cake when appropriate.

Find more of Casey’s writing on her blog moosh in indy or her Babble Voices site Shutterlovely. She’s also available on twitter, facebook, flickr, Instagram and Disney Baby. If you can’t find her any of those places? Check the couch, she’s probably taking a nap.

 

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