Royce and I have been wishing lately that we could just fast-forward to baby #2 being 2-years old. Even with the occasional tantrum and dilly-dally moments — the interactions, the personality, the increase in independence of a 2-year old is so much more rewarding than an infant. I honestly did not find the infant stage fun.at. all. I’m the first to admit nurturing isn’t my strong suit and babies need a lot of that. I never knew what to ‘do’ with Syd as an infant. Now we can play games, sing songs together, color together. I actually miss her when I’m at work and look forward to picking her up from day-care. I felt like as a baby we just stared at each other (and cried — a lot).
Syd is finally at that point where she will play independently while I cook dinner (last night she built block towers). Or if she wants she will sit on the counter and ‘help’. This is a complete (and refreshing) 360 from a year ago where she would do nothing but scream at me while I tried to accomplish a task that wasn’t 100% focused on her.
Maybe baby #2 will be ‘easier’…that’s what everyone seems to say. My expectations going in this time are definitely different. And at least I know that in 2 years — if we make it out on the other side in one piece — we will get at least part of our lives back and will have another fun little person by our sides.