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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Toby's almost two

Toby is just a few months away from turning two, and he's gearing up like a champ. He's been nailing the whining, fussing and general malaise that comes with being two years old. The word "no" is his motto, and, through his eyes, everything is either the worst or the absolute worst. Here, Toby gets carried to the playground (since naturally he didn't want to ride in his stroller), but was distraught because he wanted Mommy to carry him, not Daddy!!!!!!

Alex says he wants to write a biography of Toby's year called "A Portrait of Courage." It's so hard to be a baby! Keeps making me laugh out loud.

167 comments:

Kate said...

being two is so. hard.

Trina said...

Our daughter is just a few months older than your son, and let me tell you, I now that EXACT facial expression of Toby in the 2nd photo! Ha ha . It seems to happen all of a sudden doesn't it, the transition from exploring toddler to frustrated-beyond-belief almost 2 yr old. And yet we love them all the more....

Catherine said...

My Audrey is 3 and we are getting this an awful lot! Toby is supersweet, even when wailing.

Lena Eats Hearts said...

haha I love his facial expresions!

Elisha(: said...

awwhhh!!!

Courtney said...

"A portrait of courage"....LOL.

Ashley Faye - ourbklyn.com said...

Awww! Toby :( these pictures are adorably painful.

Jane {In the Pink and Green} said...

Awww, poor little guy! There's a reason they call it the terrible twos I guess! But I love that you have these pictures because years from now I'm sure Toby will get a big kick out of them :)

Lauren Haupt Estes said...

Haha, that title is awesome, he needs to get on that asap!
Also I can't believe it's been almost two years. I feel like I was just reading about your pregnancy!

Bakehouseblog said...

Sounds a lot like a description of my husband! Lol!

Sarah said...

Haha this is priceless! I totally think your husband should do it!

- Sarah
http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com

Hollie said...

kids.. they have it so rough! :] Sigh la vie.

Annie said...

I like to think that when we're two, we experience a deep emotional malaise and existential crisis that causes us to freak out all the time about everything. Eventually we have a great realization about life and teddy bears, and things are fine again. But we're so young at the time that we don't remember any of this later on. At least that's an excuse, right?

Jules said...

When my boyfriend, who speaks German, gets frustrated he wails with exasperation: "Mien leeebennn!!!" ("My liiiiife!") -- I'm sure that's what Toby is saying in photo #2. Poor kiddo. Being 2 must be rough.

Tina said...

giggle. you nailed it. "the worst or absolute worst". judging from the other writings you've shared of alex's, i'm sure i'd love to read his book.

LeeLee said...

Haha, aw so sweet! Time flies.

Jes said...

i remember when my twin nieces turned two! it's funny to think back on the time of two's but i'm sure it wasn't so funny in the moment.

toby is looking awfully adorable though!

-jes
www.twosmuppies.com

Steele Marcoux said...

A portrait of courage is the funniest thing i've heard in a while. Great blog idea too ;)

Poor Toby, life is so HARD when you're two. And yes he is still ADORABLE when whining.

virginia said...

"Everything is either the worst or the absolute worst."

I'm 27 and I still have those days ;)

Nomadic D. said...

That is hilarious! Nice that you two can keep a sense of humor through this, probably the only way to keep your sanity I'd imagine!

http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/

Susan S. said...

Don't worry the terrible 2s will be replaced with the tertible 3s, 6s, 10s, 16s, etc. There is always "something" at any age and just part of being a parent. I always hope that the good days outweigh the bad ones.

Jin said...

poor baby! He's adorable even when he's upset :)

erica said...

oh god, a portrait of courage--that's exactly right! 2 is hard, so is 3, as i learned this morning. so many big emotions for such littles to process...

Fancy Pants said...

HAH! I love it. If Alex writes that book it will be hilarious I'm sure. Ah....the terrible two's.

Anne said...

Yes! Exactly what Isolde is going through! And no, she does not want to go to the playground in a stroller either. She'd rather walk, thank you very much (and so going to the playground takes houuuuuurs...).

gia said...

LOL for sure! That is so great- "A Portrait of Courage".

Orchid Grey said...

oh lord, hang in there Toby, you can get through this!

ps- Alex's book title made me laugh out loud :)

Sera said...

my nephew just turned two and his motto is also "no", haha!

Tara said...

Courage. Oh, how I have seen faces so much like sweet little Toby's. I have twin boys who are 2.5 now, and before they turned 2, I kept saying..."the terrible twos aren't real...it's how you DEAL with a two year old." Famous last words. It DOES get better, though:) Might I give an unsolicited recommendation? I read Parenting with Love and Logic for Early Childhood, and although I don't subscribe to the entire kit and kaboodle, certain strategies were super helpful and have decreased our tantrums and whining substantially. Good luck!!

kate said...

18-24 months: awful.
24-26 months: fairly dreamy usually with periods of terrible
Three's: the absolute worst.

kate said...

Oops, that should say 36 months!

Helen said...

My little one turned 2 at Christmas and he has started having faces like that too!! Mostly he's still a calm little man but we can still get the dramatic tears when he gets a 'no'.

J. Beaudet said...

I can't believe he's almost two! This is why they're so cute at this age. It's too hard to get upset with a face like that! Have a great a week!
Jenniferxx

Kat said...

I'm right there with you. In one 5 minute period my 22 month old wants to walk by himself, then run, then lay down in the middle of the sidewalk, then be carried by mommy, then walk next to mommy but not too close.

He is such a tortured soul!

But, the facial expressions produced as his emotions turn on a dime are pretty hilarious.

hannah said...

Oh my. These photos are AH-MAZING. They totally epitomize the pains of being TWO.

Our Stella is still months away from two-dom but has already mastered "NONONONONO." I can't wait to see what next year brings...

Lauren Knight said...

Oh, poor Toby! But don't worry- it will pass so quickly you will forget he ever went through this... until you read back on it, then it will just be hilarious!

Jacquelineand.... said...

Being 2 is definitely hard; it's when you begin learning that you are an entity completely separate from others which is YAY! for learning independence but very scary sometimes, especially when you don't have the language to express your angst.

Victoria said...

I am right there with you on this one! A sense of humor is necessary, isn't it?! I love these pictures! I'll have to get better at documenting the tantrums.

Don't you love how we deal with a tantrum to get to the playground?! I often want to say forget it, we'll stay home. Then I realize that means all of us, crabby, in our teeny apartment. Nope! Gotta get to the playground! Ah, parenting! ;)

Audrie said...

I remember when my niece was two and whenever I had to babysit, I'd make sure I had earplugs nearby lol

pereirafeaster said...

Year? I hope so. My almost 3-year-old is still going strong, plus she has a full vocabulary to go with the emotional instability. Great book idea.

Brenda said...

My son will be 2 in May. I've see the same look on his face as Toby's and for the same reason. My little guy has also mastered the "art" of melting into the floor (face first) and reapeating "Owwwwie, Ooooowe, owwwie," while kicking and screemning. Its so hard to watch. Sometimes I want to laugh, sometimes I want to do the same thing as him. Taking all for what it is though...cheers to having toddlers!

Elle Amerie said...

Oh my. Look at your poor husband's face. Ha ha.

Lili said...

LOL! Me too, literally! I love how you keep your humor :-D These pictures are just priceless :-)

Stacey B said...

This makes me laugh because it's the second blog post I've read today where a child, roughly my son's age, is also going through the mommy phase again and wants mommy to do everything. Isn't it funny and crappy when that happens?!

Annie said...

Throwing his little head back in despair! oh I love it!

Johanna said...

This seriously made me smile. These pictures capture that special age just perfectly. I love the biography title!

Anonymous said...

Oh, my life is hard on a two year old. Ha Ha! He is so cute.

Isabelle said...

Well, crabby or not, that's one beautiful little boy!

amandajernigan said...

I love the second picture. It's like he's screaming please get me away from this man!!!

Mabel and Zora said...

We know what your going through. Our little girl is so dramatic, it's kinda funny sometimes. Hang in there.

Ana Degenaar said...

My Emma didn't get all whinny until she started preschool. Once she did we adopted the time-out technique, except since we travel around so much we bough a tiny circle mat and I just put her on timeout wherever we are. Which translated into less whining. I don't blame the kids, I guess their are used to not being able to communicate their needs so they cry and whine just as a little baby would. He'll do fine, you'll see how quickly that will end.

JBergum said...

OMG Joanna, I didn't even need to read the post to figure out what it was about! Those photos are TOO FUNNY!

Mama Bird said...

This is hilarious! Thank you for posting this as I feel sooooo much better about the way my 15 month old son has been acting! Being a toddler is hard, but being a parent of a toddler is much harder!

Susan/Mommy said...

It can be such a fun age, but so much is going on developmentally it sure can be trying at times, too! When you have 5 minutes, I highly recommend checking out Carrie Contey's "Understanding Toddlers in New Ways" video. She is a parenting guru in Austin, TX, and let me tell you, going to one of her classes when my son was 2 turned things around for us. http://carriecontey.com/video/

Laetitia said...

I am lucky enough to actually have footage of my then two year old son (now 9) arms positioned firmly across his chess, turning around once in a while as he stormed off uttering the only word he seemed to know at the time: Nooo! I'll tell you what, out of all the lovely footage of a holiday spent in Ireland, it remains our favourite bit!

Elaine said...

I don't even have kids yet and Alex's proposed "biography" in combination with the pictures just made me burst out laughing. Thanks for brightening up my day :).

megan said...

My son will be 3 in May. I have heard something turns on when they are 3 and things get a little smoother but there will is stronger and they want to make their own decisions so that can be tough. Looking back their has been times this past year that the 2's have just been down right awful but we have made it through like every other parent does. I think I may even be ready for another one... But honestly I'm terrified to have a second. More scared than I was to have my first.

H said...

Those photos are too funny! Toby seems like a sweetie but I imagine he can be quite a handful.

Anonymous said...

Isn't it hard not to laugh when they make these faces? I sometimes have to giggle when mine fusses so. I have taken so many pics of his fuss face. Hang in there!

M said...

A Portrait of Courage - that is hilarious!

cammlele said...

I would read that book. Please encourage Alex!

Marci said...

His face in the second picture makes it seem like the end of the world is nigh. So funny. Or at least it's funny for me, who doesn't have to deal with a wailing, opinionated two year old! Have courage...from my experience with my nephew, the time after the terrible twos is awesome. He's about to turn five and is still killing me with his cuteness/humor!

Marci

marissa (stylebook) said...

hahaha, alex!

Kate said...

You've GOT to read this guy's post on 3 minutes inside the mind of his 2 year old. My son is 26 months and has his 'moments', but seriously- this description is 100% accurate and totally hysterical to the point of tears!

http://jasongood.net/365/2011/08/day-215-approximately-3-minutes-inside-the-head-of-my-2-year-old/

And I totally sympathize with Toby and my Henry- sometimes life is just really overwhelming.

Color + Light said...

aaahhh and so it begins. thankfully they do outgrow this and it keeps getting better. hang in there!

Rebecca said...

THANK YOU! My boy will be two in May and oh my goodness, he is a disaster lately! But this helps me look at it with laughter. "This too shall pass"...the bad will pass, but so will the good...so I'll be thankful for it all.
Good luck bearing this stage! I'll be thinking of you!

Lucy said...

This just cracked me up!

Melanie Molloy said...

this made me giggle, my two year old is exactly the same. As she is coming up to three she has just mastered 'I don't want to!' to every possible suggestion we can think of, even if it was "eat lots of ice cream" I'm sure she would wail the same response (at least until you repackage the question, add some distractions and throw in a minor bribe)! They don't know how good they've got it do they!? Poor wee things though!

Nora said...

I LOVE the second picture especially. "Oh, the humanity!"

goose and bear said...

My kids are 6 and 4 now and I just keep saying what WONDERFUL ages these are and how easy parenting seems in this stage. Looking at your photos I'm realizing that all the hard work of setting limits and the horrible meltdowns of years two and three have paved the way for the calm that (mostly) reigns in our home now. And really, two and three are loads of fun too, especially when taken with a good sense of humor, as you and Alex seem to have :) Courage to you both!

Catherine Masi said...

I can't get over how humorous this post is. It's that collapse of ,"Why?! WHHHYYYYYYYYYY???!!!!!" that makes me (cruelly) chuckle at the sweet little ones. I used to work with children this age and, man oh man, was it awesome AND exhausting. And, by the way, I would totally purchase that book.

Abbey said...

Hahaha :) "A Portrait of Courage" makes me laugh out loud too. I would totally read that book.
Somehow most of us managed to get through being 2 and become the more even-keeled children and grown-ups we are today. Hang in there, Toby!

sumslay said...

Oooh, that title is perfect. Hahahaha!

There is something ridiculously funny about crying babies to me - it's because I want to get an old drill sergeant voice on and say, "what, just got done working all night at the factory? Afraid you can't pay your mortgage? YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE IN FOR, KIDDO!" :p But being held by daddy instead of mommy is tough too. ;) haha

Anonymous said...

Would love to know what your thought are going to be on things like introducing discipline and acceptable social behavior...

Cynthia said...

Oh Toby!!! It's hard being almost 2! So many feelings. I keep remembering that link you posted once where this guy wrote the thoughts of his toddler in 2 minutes.

I'm dying over "A Portrait of Courage".

Nihan said...

Oh my, lovely, little baby..

Anonymous said...

ugh I remember my daughter at this age can be more than trying at times! I remember her plonking herself down in the aisle in the supermarket kicking and screaming "I want my daddy" I sat down next to her kicked and screamed "I want your daddy too! It was a really bad day........

Anna Claire said...

My son will be 2 in three months and I recognize that look on Toby's face SO well! Everything has to be my son's way or the highway right now, and he's started shrieking loudly when he doesn't get his way. Toddlers!

Emily said...

Bahaha! Laugh out loud hilarious! I don't have kidlets yet so I have no idea how A) you deal with that and B) how you keep from laughing? x

Jill said...

Bwahahaha! This made me love you because I hate when parents pretend their children are always happy happy angels. Of course they're angels, but sometimes they are WHINY ones, right? Just wait until Two and a HALF. Something terrible happened to my daughter last month and "no" has gone from a motto to an ANTHEM. Like the kind that Rossanne Barr sings.

Caroline said...

My son shares Toby's birthday and his frustration it would seem! Add to that the fact that last week, we brought home a new baby brother for Noah. He is very confused by it all, and the facial expressions are priceless!

Meganne said...

Ah the terrible twos, a year of feelin inadiquate in every single way.
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krisel keeper said...

I remember those times with my daughter. It can be so frustrating. Two things that were our saving grace were music and art. I swear music classes mellowed her out. As did art and thru her art I could see her mental development. Ie, she used her paint brush different or mixed colors for the first time. It was as if she could communicate with these two mediums and was less frustrated. that was our experience anyway. Thought I'd share...

Anonymous said...

I love "the general malaise" of two year olds. What a great phrase.

allie margaret said...

I love that you're at least able to laugh at it because of how completely silly it really is instead of getting completely overwhelmed (though i'm sure you do at times) These pictures made me laugh out loud, though.

allie

pws said...

Wait, does this mean it's a bad thing that my almost 1 year old daughter has gotten all of this down pat :p? Either she's terribly advanced or I have some trouble ahead!

LMT said...

I feel you! Remember my Odin is turning 2 a few weeks before Toby? Well, those pictures are just like what I see on the way to do happy fun things too. Silly toddlers, we have! Good luck. I've found tickling him and spinning with him in my arms quickly turn those tears to happy drool from the fun. Then he goes back to whinny-boy not to long after. At lease we both had a break.

fleur_delicious said...

omg, Alex, PLEASE do! "A Portrait of Courage" - bwahahaha!! Good luck, you two - looks like it's going to be an exciting year! uf!

(my mother swears there were no terrible twos in our house growing up, can you believe it? She must've been one strict mama!)

Sarah said...

I was once visiting a friend with a two year old son. He asked me to draw him a "choo choo," so I drew a train in crayon. He loved it so much, he said, "Draw choo choo." I drew another. I drew so many choo choo's, but he never stopped. Merciless. Finally, after about ten minutes of this (I think my friend was relieved to have someone keep an eye on her son), my friend came in to save me.

Meredith Perdue said...

Wow! If Toby is nearly two, that means I have been reading your blog for over two years! Thank you for the daily posts that always seem to brighten my day!

Anonymous said...

HI-larious!!!!!!

Lisa said...

I have 2 boys...ages 5 and 3. The only thing I can think of right now that I miss (tantrum-wise) about the ages 18 months through 3 years old is that I didn't take more pictures of those (now...in retrospect) crazy moments of complete and totally monumental meltdowns. Kudos to you and Alex for seeing the humor in the moment and getting the evidence on film! But, as someone who has lived it, twice, can tell you. It. gets. Better!

etoilee8 said...

Alex is hilarious. Good luck to you both.

Jhan said...

Oh yes. Reminds me of the few months before the boy/girl twins I babysat turned two. Everything was THE worst for the girl. She cried unrelentlessly, had massive fits, and would hide under the tight crib space bawling her eyes out. Good times. :-)

Mindy Day said...

Almost 2! my gosh. Why, it was only yesterday you shared with us you were pregnant!

I think that book with some cute illustrations would be very successful, he should have a go at it (or at least a witty tumblr :)

penelope said...

i think that it is as difficult to be two or three as it is to be a teenager. struggling between being needing adults SO much and SO desperately wanting to be big!

Girlie Blogger said...

My little girl is also turning 2. Fun times.

Jessie said...

haha - my son is 16 mos old. his "teachers" at daycare refer to him as "Denzel" when he gets really dramatic :)

Kelsi said...

He's just preparing you for when he turns 13. ;)

Norbyah said...

oh, hang in there. i remember with all my three that the 'terrible twos' started well before they actually turned two. with my older two, the threes were worse, but with my youngest, two really was 'terrible.' i think part of it was not understanding when what she was demanding was totally unreasonable. the other part of it was her not entirely being able to articulate what she wanted (in a way that we could understand)....and this girl KNOWS what she wants.

Sarah said...

oh my, I've also followed your whole journey with Toby with my son who is a few weeks older. I know your pain. It's still such a great age but man do I hate the word "MINE". Does Toby know that one yet? There's so much parental responsibility when that word somes up!

Liz said...

Love the title for the anticipated biography—this post made me laugh out loud :)

Kate said...

Hah! Love the title portrait of courage. Kids that age are just SO melodramatic.

Today I was walking and witnessed one of those "carry me! carry me! Caaaaarrrrryyyy mmeeeeeee!" moments, teeny tiny blonde girl, just nails-down-the-chalkboard screaming. The look on that mother's face made me glad I won't be having children for a few years!

Must be so frustrating as a parent. As an onlooker, I just find it hysterical and adorable.

Anonymous said...

Give him beer!!!

Hannah said...

I nanny a little boy who is a few weeks younger than Toby, and every day the world ends at least twice! (For what it's worth, I've found that quiet time works. Lying him on a bed/his cot with the lights dimmed/blinds drawn (when out, I just find a quiet place to sit) and quietly sitting near him til he calms down, often holding his hand, but not engaging eg asking him to stop etc. Once the crying subsides I ask him if he's feeling happy now... he either says yes, or starts howling again! When he says he's feeling happy, we have a big cuddle and return to play)
In my experience, the terrible two's usually end when they turn two. I've nannied ten children of this age, and all came out of the terrible two's within a month of turning two.

It's the Threenager you need to prepare for! My oh my, the mood swings!

Christina said...

Haha awww so sweet. He even has a cute face when he is sad.

Cheryl said...

Oh such a sweet heart!!

LĂ­via said...

I actually LOVE that idea! I love alex's essays and think it will be something funny and, as far as i know, totally new!
Would he actually consider?
On others news, two seems to be tough! Breathe deep, sip wine and keep on going :)
Xo

Robin said...

He is definitely at that age, but it is one of my favorite ages! I worked at a daycare with 1 & 2 year olds. Their personality definitely comes out when they hit the "almost 2" mark!
Enjoy it while you can, 2 is a great age even if he is a little fussy!

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Erica @ Acire Adventures said...

Ah, so funny. Believe me, three is even more fun!

Anonymous said...

Toby has great teeth!

chandra ~ oh lovely day said...

I've just got to tell you this: I'm a wedding blogger and stay at home with my 15 month old. I hardly have time to check the wedding blogs, let alone read other blogs for pleasure, but I check yours daily b/c it is like talking to another momma girlfriend. And since Toby is a little bit older than my Charlie, I get a little peek into the future. I love the humor that you and your husband have about parenthood (that bio title is hilarious!) - it is very similar to mine and my hubs. Thanks for sharing!

Annie said...

Your husband is comic genius. I suggest you keep these photos and use them for Toby's formal wedding invitations, many years down the line. Payback...
Look at it this way: awful at 2, but then probably lovely at 15. Which is much easier to bear.

Silvana said...

Haha, this made me laugh out loud! Our daughter Olivia is 1 day older than Toby and she's getting to that phase as well. It is still very moderate compared to other kids that age, but man, it is exhausting! Sometimes when I've just put her to bed at night I realize how tired I am! It's just small changes, but it feels like she's demanding so much more these days, she's more active, she's louder, she's got her own little head, it's always I want want want and of course - I dont't want to sit in the buggy but to be carried - by mummy!! :D

Ali said...

Ahhhhh! The terrible 2s!! It's amazing how every single child goes through that phase, but don't worry, it's just a year... well, a little less :-)
My daughter is turning 3 in may and since Christmas she's been behaving much better and it's getting easier and easier as weeks go by.
It's a very mentally exhausting phase but you'll also see how Toby will be slowly turning into a little man and that's the best reward for being the queen and king of temperance and patience.

Fenke said...

oh man - it feels good to know that every kid is the same at that age. i mean, noa ist only 16 month old, but if he can't have his way - boy can he cry for not being allowed to climb up the kitchen table. knowing that it is normal just let's you stop worrying if you did something wrong. thanks, joanna for always being so honest, but not making it sound as your life sucks (i normally don't like people with young kids complaining ALL the time... it's just a phase, man!!!)

sophie said...

My son is turning 2 next week and since a couple of months, I really understand the concept of "terrible 2's". Such little dictators, sometimes ;-)
I guess you know the great book: What to expect the second year? by H. Murkoff, it helps me a lot to remember I'm not the only parent to go through this.

Annie said...

Oh! I have a two-year-old, son too. Incidentally I also have a five-year-old daughter, and I found that two with her was not nearly so fraught as is with him!

Noor said...

LOL this picture made me think of my son when he was 2 and the terrible twos and how I hated my life back then LOL 4 is MUCH better

They grow up fast :) hes a cutie <3

tricia said...

two was a piece of cake compared to three. just saying. at three they start being aware of their manipulative powers of persuasion. so much fun! :)

Dar said...

This made me laugh out loud! I would totally read a two year's book on courage :)

Growing up is tough!

Happy almost birthday Toby!

elizabeth said...

Buck up, 3 is by far the WORST! I have twin boys that are going to be 5in June and two was a dream compared to 3.

Lesleigh said...

Oh my gosh, I love it! Can your husband pleeaase publish a picture book of Toby's tantrums with that title? Hilarious.

Lesleigh
http://pearlsonastring.com

Luna said...

Toby sounds like our toddler's twin! Tauren is 2 in May and I describe him in two words 'Without Limits'. Our eldest was the 'Golden Ticket' compared to Tauren. My partner looks after Tauren most of Saturday while I rest and when I'm ready to take over, HE's almost in tears.

Rebecca said...

The drama in those facial expressions! Life is rough!

anna said...

oh this is the best! It is just so hard to be in your second year. My son's nursery school teacher would always say, "they feel everything so so much." It's like their emotions are like an extra body part. Sounds like you are keeping your sense of humour!

Cara {An Urban Cottage} said...

I'm sure I was just a nightmare when I was two. Hope you are gearing up as well!

~Cara

maria said...

Such a tough tough age!! such a funny post with funny pictures!! hang in there!!

Michele said...

I found that three was waaay worse than two. Keep that sense of humor - you are going to need it in the next couple of years!

Alicia said...

The title of the book is hilarious! Best of luck and thanks for the warning :)

Katie said...

Oh, that face...ha! Being two is so very tough!

Beth said...

Oh! Are you sure you're not me? I had the EXACT same day with my little one that's the EXACT same age. Thank goodness I'm not the only one!

*** KITSCH *** said...

Ha ha... Jon is two and half, i really know what you are talking about!
Sometimes is desperating! But everytime you keep your position and calm is a battle you have won.
little by little!

http://mykitschworld.blogspot.com

megan said...

"A portrait of courage"! Made ME laugh out loud. I LOVE IT!

vintage honeybee said...

Hang in there. Those are the rough years.

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LKH said...

My daughter is 19 months but it's like she's already in the terrible twos! My favorite (not really) is when she climbs on the coffee table, which she knows is a no no, looks at me and slowly smiles, almost daring me to do something about it. I can relate and I love seeing your posts about Toby -- to commiserate about the not so fun stages, to share the joy of what ultimately is a very cute age but also just to hear another parent's perspective. Thanks for all you do Joanna!

Jennifer @ Belclaire House said...

I so know that face. My son's only one and a half, but he's starting the emo roller coaster already. I really want to teach him to use words, like, "mommy I'm in a glass case of emotion" moreso because it would be funny to me. I'm reading Playful Parenting on your recommendation and I love it. It definitely fits with my approach to life so thank you! Also, I would definitely read Alex's book. The title alone has me :)

H* said...

terrible two... and 3, and 4...

Patsy said...

Just wondering how this turned out....did daddy carry Toby, did mommy carry Toby, or did he end up riding in his stroller? I hope he ended up having lots of fun at the playground. Love seeing pictures of Toby...he's adorable. Keep them coming as we all enjoy them so much.

Terra said...

My son will be two in a couple months as well and sometimes it is hard to remember that everyone goes through this phase. Thanks so much for posting about the not so good times because seeing Toby's face reminded me that it is normal at this age.

Anonymous said...

I find it utterly hilarious when parents take pictures of their children throwing a hissy fit and crying. My parents obviously used to do it to me too. I remember nothing more infuriating then being absolutely hysterical over something that was obviously earth shattering to me, only to have my parents cackling maniacally while taking pictures of my sorrow

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vandegee said...

oh my 2 is hard. but 3 is so much worse! at 2 you can still easily distract, bamboozle with fuzzy logic... at 3 the KNOW. They look in to your eyes and KNOW. And they are so... irrational. At 2 you can still kind of see the logic in the tantrum (I want mommy/not daddy) at 3 it's totally illogical I want mommy-not-mommy daddy-not-daddy cut my toast like this not like THAT... ay.

Though this is not to belittle your experience right now... I so remember that pain. I remember my older daughter screaming purple faced, snot running down her nose as we faced off about getting in to the stroller... eyes of compassion/pity from all female passer-bys...

Good luck! Luckily all you have to do is look in to that cute adorable face to remember what an angel he REALLY is!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for writing this post, just when I needed it. I have had a couple of exhausting days with our almost-two-year-old daughter, and this helped me laugh about it! (And also made me feel that I'm not alone in the terrible-twos!)

Arielle said...

haha! these photos remind me of the Japanese baby in the documentary "Babies." When she was trying to make the blocks fit in the little holes and just could not get them to fit! she was sooo upset it was painstakingly funny.

Dianne said...

We used to call the road to the grocery store "The Trail of Tears". Seriously, someday you will miss this age. Really . . .

AnastasiaC said...

i think 3-4yrs old is way more challenging..but each toddler is different - goodluck!!!

wentzu chang said...

I have to say...Toby is so damn cute...even he cried....xoxoxoxo

Jenni Austria Germany said...

A Portrait Of Courage!

made me laugh out loud too....so funny.

Lisa said...

This is so funny.
I saw a family walking on the street today with their son, who looked about Toby's age, wailing. His dad kept saying, "You can run when we get to the corner." The corner was SO close! The little boy just kept crying as his dad held his hand. As I passed them his sister was talking to their grandma and asked why her brother kept crying. The grandma just said, "He's just upset right now."
It was so cute! I had to smile.
Easy for me to say since I don't have a screaming child of my own.

Sarah Jane said...

Oh those terrible twos! I didn't think it would happen to my little one. She was an absolute angel until the week she turned two. I mean literally the week! It was like a switch flipped! Good luck!

M-J Obsessions said...

Can you say it any better??? The worst and the absolute worse!!

Just love it!!

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Sammi said...

ah yes, we have a little girl like that at work. she's actually just turned 3 and started her terrible two's a year late. the only person she is nice to is me! insanity!

Wendy said...

As a mom of 4 and grandmom to 1 all I have to say is ... Hehehehehe

Sorry, couldn't resist. It will get easier, I promise. :)

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valerie said...

TWO! So rough. We have a two and a half year old...it's fun! Really, it is fun. And hellish. Often at the same time? Good luck to us all!

Bri (like the cheese) said...

I love Alex's expression/reaction to Toby's wailing. It is refreshing to read your outlook on this 'phase' of toddlerhood. It really is hard to be a little guy.

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