Toddlers want to keep you on your toes. It's what they do. It's how they're wired. And so once you think you've got them figured out, they switch things up. It may be because they are still growing and changing so quickly. It may be because there are too many things to experience in life to settle on just one. Or it may just be to confuse, exhaust, and exasperate their parents. Whatever the reason, toddlers are fickle.
Staley is no exception to this rule. Her thoughts and opinions, likes and dislikes can change at a moments notice. When anyone asks what she wants for Christmas, she always has an answer. True to form, however, it has seldom been the same answer twice. Sometimes it's a princess dress. Sometimes it's a purple Hello Kitty car. Sometimes it's a trampoline. Today it was a Sophia doll. And because it will probably change again tomorrow, I just got her what I think she'll like...and hopefully that will be what she wants on Christmas day.
It's not just her Christmas list that is forever changing. She has also had about 6 different decisions about her birthday party theme. It's not uncommon for her to proclaim her dislike for a food that she chowed down the last time we had it. On the other hand, she will now ask to eat foods (like prunes) that I couldn't even bribe her to eat 2 months ago. Her favorite show, her favorite princess, her favorite character changes on an almost daily basis. If I set her plate at a big chair, she wants to sit in her booster. If I give her a big-girl cup, she wants a lid. If I pick out the Dora pajamas, she wants her owl ones. I think that toddler independence dictates that if someone chooses something for you, you must automatically choose something else. Thus the ever-changing desires of the toddler are born.
Staley continues to have definite opinions about what she wants to wear. And although her almost outgrown 'I love to twirl' dress remains a constant favorite, her changing opinions extend to her wardrobe as well And her biggest recent change--her pants. For months, Staley would only wear 'soft pants.' Even the mention of jeans or khaki pants could bring her to tears. About two weeks ago, as I was about to loan out all her jeans since I'd given up trying to get her to wear them, Staley changed her mind. Now she chooses to wear jeans or khaki pants most days. Go figure.
There are a few certainties in the life of our toddler. Fruit snacks. Twirly dresses. Horses. Dora. Everything else is a revolving carousel of change. And all we can do is just sit back and go along for the ride.