Baby 2.0 – Your Survival Guide

Congratulations you survived the first year of parenthood!  It was rough but worth it. This post is an INTERVENTION to any parent thinking it gets easier from here on out.  In the coming year your adorable little one will be hitting a new set of developmental milestones.

You thought the first year was rough?  The year ahead will have you longing for little annoyances like a diaper blowout.  Forget everything you learned—that was merely the warmup—you are about to embark on Baby 2.0.

Here are a few things you can expect:

Don't let the smile fool you. You are in for a rough time.
Don’t let the smile fool you. You are in for a rough ride.
Walking is about to commence
Walking is about to commence

Walking – You knew it would happen—you either looked forward to it with anxious anticipation or dreaded it like the plague. Walking is a game changer—it’s crawling on steroids.  A walking baby means now more than ever you and your partner must work as a team, keeping watch on, and chasing after your child.  Those teams on The Amazing Race have nothing on a set of parents chasing down an eager toddler headed for an open doorway or towards a flight of stairs.

Tantrums – I’m going to let you in on a secret, toddlers throw tantrums.  Boy do they throw tantrums.   Thought you had a year of tranquility before the Terrible-Twos tantrums kicked in.  Surprise!  Fear not, tantrum support groups exist—they meet at most local bars.

Curiosity – In addition to walking your toddler is developing a sense of curiosity, as in how much will it take to piss Mommy off, or what can I do to make the vein in Daddy’s forehead buldge?  I’m not talking about crawling under the kitchen sink or banging pots and pans—today’s toddler goes after the big ticket items.  Nothing stimulates the mind of a fifteen-month old baby more than an iPhone, iPad or Smart TV remote. They become adept swiping the iPhone from Daddy’s pocket or grabbing the unattended iPad or remote sitting on the end table.  See the previous paragraph on Tantrums when you try taking one these devices away.

Get the Red Bull Daddy, because tonight It's On!
Get the Red Bull Daddy, because tonight It’s On!

Mommyitis Also known as Daddyitis (if Mommy isn’t around) or Separation Anxiety.  Your adorable social-butterfly child, the one who smiles at anyone in supermarket checkout lines or the mall, now emits ear-piercing screams, similar to those an adult makes upon stepping in a bear trap.  This happens when Mommy tries handing him off to Daddy or anyone else.  Simple things like heading to work or even to the bathroom must now be handled with the same covert urgency Seal Team Six uses in planning its ops.

Bedtime/Sleep C’mon you didn’t think the sleep thing was going to improve did you?  Do you also believe in unicorns and the tooth fairy?  Besides being awakened several times a night, bedtime becomes a Darwinian survival of the fittest.  Who will outlast who?  We’ve held the upper hand, but more than once the last one standing put the baby in his crib before taking care of the sleeping spouse.  Who thought the baby’s bedtime required Red Bull or a strong cup of coffee?

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8 thoughts on “Baby 2.0 – Your Survival Guide

  • March 3, 2016 at 11:15 pm
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    Haha, adorable 🙂 I’m nowhere close to being a mother yet, but I’m the eldest of 5, the youngest being just over 3 years old. What a wonderful – terrible – wonderful handful they can be!

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    • March 4, 2016 at 7:02 am
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      It is an odd dynamic, you love your kids tremendously but at the same time he can be a subtle as the Tasmanian Devil.

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  • April 7, 2016 at 8:33 am
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    My daughter just started crawling but I’m still enjoying the fact that I’m faster than her. I know it won’t last forever. Also NOT looking forward to the terrible two’s!

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    • April 7, 2016 at 8:55 am
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      Crawling is the start, walking is crawling on steroids, it’s a true game changer. I’m not looking forward to the terrible two’s either. We’ve gotten a sneak preview over the past few months. They are not fun.

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  • April 23, 2016 at 4:05 pm
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    OMG! This is what is coming my way? LOL, We have almost completed Year One. However, I have heard about the terrible Twos, and reading this list, I think I can prepare all I want, but reality will be a whole different scenario. This is great!

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    • April 23, 2016 at 11:37 pm
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      Year Two is different from Year One. It’s all good but I thought a sneak preview wouldn’t hurt either. You’ll be fine.

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