the toddler equation

I remember reading this before we had Joe and it is now abundantly true: Toddlers are VERY VERY ABSURDLY CUTE and this cuteness is EXACTLY EQUIVALENT to how VERY VERY ANNOYING they are. Joe’s brain, especially since starting school, is exploding with will and power and choice. He takes our own words and uses them against us. When trying to distract him from a meltdown, we say how about we do this? So now when we’re trying to get him to do literally anything, he says how about this? How about that? HOW ABOUT THIS? It’s raising a monster that’s taken you hostage, that demands grapes then Not grapes, that rules the house you thought was yours, that you desperately love, that you fight to put to bed then lay awake, dreaming of, worrying over.

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