When your child turns 1, a lot of people seem to think your child is all grown up. I didn’t quite see Cora as all grown up by any means. She was still my baby with a diaper butt and a binky in that chubby hand. She turned two and I remember rocking her to sleep that birthday night thinking, it will all be very different soon. I knew that soon she really would start growing up on me. It took her until these past couple of weeks but man, my baby is gone and a full toddler is in front of me.
First it was my husband removing the rocking chair in her room. We had to take it out to get the carpets cleaned and my husband thought we might just go ahead and leave it out. No more rocking my baby, while reading books before bed. I cried because I didn’t know the previous night was our last night to rock. It hurt me more than her because she was excited to have a new reading nook with her own little chair.
At 14 months Cora started showing signs of potty training and we bought the potty, bribed with stickers and pretty much left it at that. Some days she would be great all day and other days she would stick to her diaper. We didn’t push. Then a few weeks ago she decided panties were cool and diapers were not. She is now potty trained aside from wearing a diaper at night, although those have been dry the past few nights so we might be done with that. The changing pad and diaper pail was moved to storage, creating more space in her room.
Remember the great big girl bed fail? The weekend she decided she was done with diapers was the same weekend she asked for her big girl bed back. (It is still her crib but with a toddler railing on the side that opens.) Aside from falling out of it on a daily basis, we are having total success with it. But seriously, this kid flips every which way allllll night long.
Just like that her room is changing from the nursery to a toddler’s room. The last of the baby items are being tucked away and the house is filling with toddler everything. It is bittersweet moment and seems to be happening all at once. At the same time I can’t help but think, yep, we made it through that baby stage. Whew!