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What I’ll Miss about the Toddler Years

My 3 year old is a big girl in a little girl’s body— or so she says. As the youngest of three, she likes to think of herself as one of the big kids, doing everything they’re capable of at 2 and 4 years older than she is.

It’s true that she’s a much “older” three than her brothers were at the same age, and it occurred to me recently that before long she truly won’t be a toddler anymore.

It’s bittersweet.

I want to embrace the next several months as a toddler mama, while still looking forward to moving on to the next stage in our family’s life. In that spirit, I’ve listed 15 things I’ll miss about the toddler years.

(And excuse me while I grab a hankie.)

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  • #1: That Silly Sense of Humor 1 of 15
    #1: That Silly Sense of Humor
    I love those spontaneous bursts of laughter and silliness that only toddlers do so well.
  • #2: That Sweet Toddler Voice 2 of 15
    #2: That Sweet Toddler Voice
    You know the one I'm talking about! It's the sweetest sound in the world.
  • #3: Toddler’s BFF = Blankie 3 of 15
    #3: Toddler's BFF = Blankie
    Admit it: even though it can be a pain to keep track of the dang thing, a toddler's attachment to his blankie is just about the cutest thing ever.
  • #4: Bananas for Bananas 4 of 15
    #4: Bananas for Bananas
    Seriously, my daughter must eat 6 bananas a day!
  • #5: Oh the Pigtails! 5 of 15
    #5: Oh the Pigtails!
    I love that at 3 my daughter still lets me fix her hair. I know that'll change soon!
  • #6: The Stickers that Cover Every Surface in My House 6 of 15
    #6: The Stickers that Cover Every Surface in My House
    Stickers are toddler gold.
  • #7: My Shopping Buddy 7 of 15
    #7: My Shopping Buddy
    I always have a shopping companion in my toddler. It doesn't matter if we're headed to the mall or just the grocery store- she's always game!
  • #8: That She Still Looks Like a Baby When She Sleeps 8 of 15
    #8: That She Still Looks Like a Baby When She Sleeps
    When I peek at my daughter sleeping in her toddler bed, I can still see that sweet baby face she once had.
  • #9: All those Fun Toddler Craft Projects! 9 of 15
    #9: All those Fun Toddler Craft Projects!
    With toddlers, you don't have to worry about perfection or even following the directions. Toddler crafts are always a fun way to spend an afternoon, and those little scribbles might as well be Picassos to Grandma. Am I right?
  • #10: Her Enthusiasm for the Little Things 10 of 15
    #10: Her Enthusiasm for the Little Things
    I learn from my toddler every day that the little moments in life are cause for celebration.
  • #11: Teeny Tiny Undies 11 of 15
    #11: Teeny Tiny Undies
    I die of the cute every time I do laundry!
    Toddler Underwear, Amazon, $5.99
  • #12: Back 12 of 15
    #12: Back
    Toddler still need cuddles from their mamas, and I'm always happy to comply.
  • #13: Never Ending Chatter from the Backseat 13 of 15
    #13: Never Ending Chatter from the Backseat
    Aren't they hilarious? I get a kick out of some of the things my little gal comes up with.
  • #14: Cheering Her On 14 of 15
    #14: Cheering Her On
    Potty training is such an important toddler milestone.
  • #15: Our Special Bond 15 of 15
    #15: Our Special Bond
    We share a powerful connection just because she's my baby. Maybe— fingers crossed— that won't ever change.

Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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