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The 14 Things I'll Miss Most About The Toddler Years

brothers holding hands

Can you stand it?

I may complain a little about having a toddler, or two toddlers back to back. It’s my own fault, really. I mean, wait.  It’s my husband’s fault, too, right?

We had our kids two years apart, which meant ostensibly that we’d have to endure the toddler period for five solid years in a row. Maybe it’s six years, really.

So, while I feel I’m warranted in my complaining, don’t get me wrong. I love my toddler(s) to pieces, and believe it or not, I’ll miss them when they’re no longer toddlers (or so people tell me).

Here are the things I will miss most when my youngest toddler becomes a big boy.

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  • Baby hair 1 of 14
    Baby hair
    In 6 months to a year, his hair will probably change to thicker, darker "little boy" hair. It was hard enough to cut his mullet, but soon this wispy baby hair will be all gone.
  • Toddler belly 2 of 14
    Toddler belly
    The kissable belly I love so much will soon be lean and concave.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Ample cheeks 3 of 14
    Ample cheeks
    Those sweet delicious lumps on the sides of his face will probably slim down
    and disappear.
  • Chunky thighs 4 of 14
    Chunky thighs
    With all that moving around, soon his squeezable thighs will be available in photos, only.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • The first pair of shoes 5 of 14
    The first pair of shoes
    Those tiny little Stride Rites that he's about to outgrow will be stuffed in the back of the closet. In 5 years we'll take them out and wonder how he ever fit in them.
    They won't be light-up shoes, though.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Padding around in footie pajamas 6 of 14
    Padding around in footie pajamas
    There's nothing quite like the sound of a toddler thudding on wood floor with his one-piece jammies. I know they make these for grown-ups now, but that's just not cute ... except on Ryan Gosling.
  • The hugs-n-kisses 7 of 14
    The hugs-n-kisses
    The free, ample kisses available from a toddler who has no agenda other than to love on Mommy and Daddy. Okay, almost no agenda.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • The laughs 8 of 14
    The laughs
    The toddler laugh is like no other.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • The learning curve 9 of 14
    The learning curve
    Watching them figure stuff out is pretty darn cool, isn't it? The simplicity of learning how to pull a toy is something he'll never experience again.
  • Sweetness 10 of 14
    Sweetness
    The kind of sweetness that only exists at these tender ages. Never again will there be such pure instinctive love between two brothers.
  • The toddler waddle 11 of 14
    The toddler waddle
    The waddle of the toddler is so brief. Get it on film if you can.
    I'm gonna miss it so ...
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Watching him discover new things 12 of 14
    Watching him discover new things
    It's the most incredible thing to watch your toddler see a horse, try a new food, or barrel into the waves at the beach for the first time.
  • How he talks 13 of 14
    How he talks
    Already his vocabulary sounds different from when I wrote this post.
    Bye-bye apos and baboos.
  • Making muwahs in the morning 14 of 14
    Making muwahs in the morning
    Right now, his favorite breakfast is a 'muwah' (or what you and I call a smoothie). It's only a matter of time before this phase ends. Sniff.

What will you miss?

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