(like the booger and mouthful of animal cracker? ;)
Back to my story... My little man is almost two. And with that comes a desire for independence that tests this mommy's patience! He also has a new favorite word..."mine." Ugh!!! I honestly don't know where he learned that word since Jeff and I don't go around saying "mine!" all the time, but I guess he picked it up from somewhere and he likes to say it. Often.
There are many, many things I do love about this age. He is learning something new every day and always amazing me with how stinkin smart he is! I love his personality and all the sweet and funny things that he says. But he can definitely throw a tantrum! We strive to discipline him in a way that will teach him what is appropriate behavior while keeping in mind that he is a toddler. While I understand that he is a young child, I cannot allow him to be undisciplined and act however he wishes. Children thrive on discipline and structure so I just have to remind myself that a disciplined child is a happy child. And that is what I want most for Hayden, for him to have a wonderful, happy childhood.
He adds so much joy and laughter to our lives and I love him more than I ever imagined possible. I remember being pregnant with him and dreaming of what he would be/look like. I would smile to myself every time I felt him kick. Now I feel like the luckiest mommy in the world when I look at him. He is such a wonderul gift from God and I am so thankful for the past (almost) two years of motherhood He has blessed me with.
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