Hi! My name is Alex and I am 18 months old. When we are out in public, everyone looks at me and says "awe what a sweetheart." I smile at them, wave and sometimes give the ladies a half smile!
Toddlers are cute, but most of the time we move around non-stop. We just can't stay in one place.
I know that it can be exhausting for you mom, but I just can't help myself.
Do you know what it is like to be me?
Just a few months ago, I couldn't move. I depended on you to take me everywhere. I have been eyeing those pretty dishes in the kitchen, but I couldn't get to them, no matter how hard I tried.
I can walk now. I am even starting to move faster.
So those dishes up there I have been watching for months? Now that I can climb, sometimes I want to climb up on the counter to touch them.
I know I am not supposed to, but how can I stop myself? The colors are amazing. Now I can move my body like I want to. I am finally in control.
I love it!
When you tell me to stay in one spot, "just for a minute," I really do try!
But the world around me is calling my name all of the time.
I know it is hard that I am impulsive, reaching and grabbing at things I am not supposed to.
You are my person! You are my mom or my dad. You know what is good for me and what might hurt me.
I'm sure child-proofing is annoying, but I want to say thank you.
Soon I will be able to sit still longer. I will be able to concentrate on activities.
You will be able to go to the bathroom in peace.
For now, today, I need you. You teach me what is good for me.
You are my lifeline.
You are everything to me. I love you.
I play hard and I sleep hard. That's my job!
But I am learning! One day I will understand the rules, be able to listen and stay still. One day I will be able to help you. For right now, mom... dad... please be patient.
One day you be able to sit down again. One day I won't need you 24/7.
But for now, you are my everything. I love you.