It really annoys me when people say don’t worry it’s just a phase. Noooo really (please note the sarcasm) because this is not what I need to hear at 5.40 in the morning. Do you really think that I think my son will wake up before 7am for the rest of his life. Well let’s be honest here it’s between 5 and 7am every morning and who knows what time it will ever be and guaranteed if even a drop of wine has passed my lips the night before he will make sure it’s closer to the 5am mark. Just to give me that earlier start to the day with a hangover that shouldn’t even exist but has arrived through lack of sleep. No I’m optimistic I know this ‘phase’ will end. One day when he reaches his teens and wants to loll around in bed all morning. Oh and then wine and I will be best friends again.
Also that phase where he stopped eating dinner. Yes just stopped eating his dinner. Like every night for two months. It could be the same meal as I had made him for lunch or breakfast (and yes I tried his favourite musli for dinner at a desperate attempt) but still no. I even tried blending his chicken and vegetables making a soup and popped it in a cup with a straw. Disguised so he thought it was something more fun. Again it worked for one night before he cottoned on. Everyone’s advice after don’t worry it’s just a phase (don’t you worry I knew he would eat dinner again one day especially when he is old enough to discover the delights of a Friday night Chinese takeaway) was just let him starve he will eat when he’s hungry. Whatttttt are you kidding me why would I want my toddler waking up in the middle of the night with a rumbling tum waking me up for that bowl of musli he turned his nose up at dinner time. Anyway I laugh at this now as I watch him pile sweet corn and peas into his mouth as if he’s in the sweet corn and pea eating world guiness book of records contest of how many pieces of sweet corn and peas can you eat in one minute. Also just to add they are his favourite foods (said with a smirk on my face).
And lastly not to forget my favourite oh it’s just a phase of him not wanting to get into the car seat. Well I know that eventually when he’s sat in his own nice car there won’t be screams and flailing arms and legs followed by the totally rigid body which won’t be eased by any means into that car seat. Oh by the way which is always done in a busy car park normally whilst another mum and baby is waiting for your parent and child spot. Meanwhile that mum has a smug look on her face as her little one is snoozing in the back of the car oblivious to everything.
So yes of course everything is just a phase that’s how our babies and toddlers evolve. It’s just how long are these phases going to last so at least I can plan a night with a glass (ok bottle) of wine, a dinner out with no food flying around the restaurant and a stress free car journey with no smug mums with children who havnt started this phase yet…