Today, as I shopped around Sam’s Club with the twins by myself (yes, I’m patting myself on the back right now,) there was another woman with twin boys. Her boys looked to be about 12 or 13. One was walking ahead, and the other hanging on the cart. She asked if my boys were twins. I said yes, and then I asked her if it got easier. She said, “Yes. It gets much easier, but that’s the age (pointing to my guys) that I miss the most.” I smiled, and we both kept shopping.
It got me to thinking about what I would miss from this toddler stage. It’s easy to think of both things I will miss and things I will definitely not miss about having toddlers.
Here is the NOT list:
Sippy Cups Oh how I hate the sippy cup. Either they leak, they are too hard to get the milk out of, or they are missing the top. How come we have 80 cups and only 10 lids? They take up way too much room in the dish washer, refrigerator, and cupboard. And someone is always complaining that they want a different color cup. Plus, they seem to disappear in the living room or the car. My boys are always drinking milk, so you DON’T want to find those stinky cups.
Diapers and Wiping Notice I did not say “wipes” because I LOVE those and will never be done with them. It’s the wiping and changing that I will not miss. I also won’t miss the thousands of $$$$$ spent on diapers throughout the years. Even with all the coupons, sales, Cartwheel, Amazon Mom discounts, etc. diapers are still darn expensive.
Frustration Communication I can’t understand what they want. They can’t understand what I am asking. They can’t understand why I can’t understand what they are saying. Everyone ends up in tears.
Those Darn Little Socks Seriously. I think my washer eats half of them, and my dryer eats the rest. Or there stuck into a pair of their PJ’s. Or in mine. Or stuck behind something. I know the problem of missing socks will continue, but at least they’ll be big enough to see.
Running Away This seems to be a favorite thing to do right now. They like to run into the street. Especially in different directions. It’s scary and make me panic.
What WILL I miss?
Probably everything else about them being toddlers and being little. Being able to snuggle on mommy’s lap. Being able to snuggle both twins on mommy’s lap at the same time…although this is getting tough. The cute ways they say things. Their sweet smiles. Their naughty smiles. Their excitement about cars, trains, and the color red (I’m not sure either.) The way they hug, which is more of a lean in. The way they kiss, which is more of a lean in.
And especially the way they say “Mommy,” when they first see me in the morning. That’s my favorite.