April Moments

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Terrible or terrific?

Whenever someone asks me Elliot’s age and I answer “Two,” he or she usually replies with something along the lines of “Ooooohhh, the terrible twos!”

Yes, there are many moments when the behavior of my 2-year-old is terrible, but, in general, life with Elliot is indeed terrific.

Here are some examples.


  • When he throws his entire lunch on the floor.
  • When he tosses an empty sippy cup at my head while I am driving and he is in his car seat, as if to say, “Mama, I’m done with this now.”
  • When he hastily reaches for my glasses and pulls them off my face.
  • When he has a temper tantrum in Wal-Mart when we’re only in the cereal aisle, and we still have half the store to navigate before leaving.


  • When he says “Thank you, Mama” after I hand him something he wants.
  • When he spontaneously dances to music, whether it’s a song on the radio or a song in his head.
  • When he shouts “Lady Gaga!” anytime he hears her songs, “Poker Face” or “Just Dance.”
  • When he astounds me with his expanding language skills. The pediatrician was impressed with his two-word sentences, but he regularly creates four- or five-word sentences.
  • When he impresses Mike and me with his memory. He often recalls happenings better than we do. We find ourselves saying, “Oh yeah, I remember that.”
  • And, my personal favorite, when he tells me, “Moon and back,” which is short for these words from one of our favorite books, “Guess How Much I Love You:” “I love you to the moon and back.”
Elliot 2

Two-year-old Elliot

Originally published on ovparent.com.

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