The Terrible 19 Months…That’s a Thing Right?

Ok, so this post is a little frustration rant.

I feel like I’m going slightly insane! I don’t know what’s gotten into Marshall, but it was like overnight he’s grown up into a mini teenager! Holy cow talk about attitude!

I don't want to sleep!

I don’t want to sleep!

We have been doing so great lately. He’s learning so much! Putting away his toys, and even throwing out his diapers for mommy and daddy in the garbage all by himself! Talk about some major progress! Then it’s like all of a sudden he’s decided to push all of mommy’s buttons! We’ve always had a problem keeping clothes and diapers on Marshall, but this last week or two has been the double hockey sticks. There has not been one morning of sleep or dryness. For some reason, Marshall is waking up at the crack of dawn… 4:30… and is just not going back to sleep. He’ll trick me, he’ll fall asleep just long enough for me to almost fall back asleep… then it’s like nope haha mommy just kidding! I’M UP FOR GOOD! So I’ve given in to a Disney movie just for that extra hour, but not even that has been helping lately. When I do give in and get up and go back into his surprisingly quiet room… disaster has hit!  Marshall’s decided nope don’t need clothes or a diaper and I’m going to pee and poop and throw it everywhere. Yay!!! (Pull out hair here.)

surprise my diaper exploded

surprise my diaper exploded

Then with like a blink of an eye he’s perfect again. We have a great day, until bed time. Dun dun duhhh.

It’s great that he’s starting to understand things now, but as soon as we say it’s time for bed or walk him towards the stairs he knows… And oh my goodness there starts world war three. Marshall drops to the ground screaming blue murder, throwing himself in every way he can just fighting us not to go upstairs. Right when I think I’m going bazerk, he’s perfect again, even wants to help brush his own teeth. (What? Really…?)

I hear all the time that the terrible twos are hard, but I had no clue how insane it makes you.
It’s so funny to me how fast he can snap in or out of these mood swings. He’s like a little drunk. One minute he’s good to go and the next time you turn around he’s on the floor.


Marshall is throwing a tantrum because he can’t play with the bottles on pills on the shelves at shoppers. Mommy said she was going to go home and this was the result.

I will say this though, he is learning so fast, and I can’t keep up. Little things like cleaning up, brushing his teeth, and new words are just coming out everywhere! (Definitely need to watch what we say now.) Marshall’s so interested in the world around him now. Maybe that’s why he’s so persistent with  stripping? He’ll try to re-dress himself, but he usually just gives up and throws away his clothes. The worst part of all this for me is the diaper situation. Everyone keeps mentioning to me that he’s too young for potty training, but I think they’re wrong. He’s so curious with his diaper, and he seems to always take it off when it’s dirty… (So not fun for me and daddy, especially when you can’t see what you’re doing very well.. and daddy ends up stepping in Marshall’s floor presents… Sorry daddy!) I think it’s worth a shot. I had started a few weeks back but gave up because he wasn’t ready. But this persistent need to take of his diaper and discover everything is making me think otherwise now.

Did any of you out there in mommy/daddy land have issues with your kids taking off their diapers and clothes consistently? If so any advice? We’re also having a HUGE issue with him staying dry. I’ve eliminated fluids an hour before bedtime, if not longer, and even sometimes change him late at night. We still have no luck. Every morning he’ll wake up soaked head to toe. I’ve tried almost every diaper, diaper covers, pads, and doubling up diapers, but  no luck. This is the worst, the never-ending cycle of laundry, and these soaking wet 4am mornings. Help. 🙁

A thoroughly stressed out mommy.

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A number of years ago I went blind, and as a result found out I had Multiple Sclerosis. After my diagnosis, I attended a new high school for the visually impaired. That is where I met the love of my life, my husband Dylan. Dylan helped me get through becoming blind and find joy in life again. Shortly after graduating, we moved to Ottawa together and in December of 2011, we were married. A year later we welcomed our beautiful son Marshall to the world. In 2015, after two miscarriages we welcomed our beautiful rainbow baby Charlotte into the world. It hasn't been easy adjusting to being blind and living with M.S on a daily basis , and being a mom of two on top of everything. Life has been... lets say challenging! But oh so worth it!

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  1. Brenda A says:

    This too shall pass, but in the mean time try to keep things in perspective. He is 100% doing his job at 19 months! Oh, and three is often harder than two FYI.

    Invest in some cloth diapers for overnight. With the right combo there is no way he will leak! Use wool covers, too. Put him in a one piece PJ backwards. Again, no way for him to unsnap or unzip. Good luck!

  2. Helena says:

    Wow, I think you are doing amazing! I have absolutely no suggestions, other than saying that this is just a stage and it will only be a memory before very long. Good luck!

  3. Janet says:

    I was surprised to find out myself that the ‘terrible twos’ actually start at about 18 months. Most of the tantrums are out of frustration, it seems. They want to do so much that they can’t quite do just yet. Good thing they’re so cute the rest of the time. Hang in there!

  4. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    When my children were small they had cloth diapers (long before they became popular!) and I never had a problem with them being removed nor with the kids getting undressed. A great idea to put a one piece PJ on back wards, though I hope he doesn’t have a tantrum when he discovers he can’t get undressed. My kids had temper tantrums for sure. Only one was pretty bad. I remember I was out shopping and she wanted me to buy something, to which I’d said no. She flung herself down on the floor in the shop, kicking and screaming. I hid around the corner and watched. It didn’t last long because I wasn’t (as far as she knew) watching. She got up and started looking around for me. I went to her and everything was fine then and it never happened again.

  5. Victoria Ess says:

    I don’t have any suggestions but I just wanted to let you know that I think you’re doing a wonderful job as a parent. Hopefully this phase passes sooner rather than later.

  6. beyond seeing with courtney says:

    well we eliminated drinks after 6pm and bought some diaper covers. so far it’s working great!
    Marshall is doing such a good job but again every day is different and every tantrum is different. I have been noticing they tend to coincide with growth spurts and teething! right now those final back molars are coming in, poor guy hasn’t been to happy.

  7. kathy downey says:

    Every child is different for potty training,my boy was using the potty at 12 months and my daughter was still having accidents at 18 months

  8. Amy says:

    My daughter is 20 months and she’s in the same phase. My son hit it at about 18 months. In my house we call it “the wall”. It does pass, length of time depends on the child. My son had spurts of it till about age 3, he’s 3.5 now and a relatively easy kid. The most important tips I can give you is routine and distractions. When my daughter gets in a mood we tell her to go sit on the stairs till she calms down. She stomps over and sits, usually just few a few seconds, but it’s often enough to break the mindset. That didn’t work for my son 🙁

    In terms of potty training, the only persons opinion that matters is your sons. When he’s ready, he’ll let you know. My daughters been showing interest for a few months now so the duck potty is in our living room and she sits on it pretty regularly, hadn’t peed yet but that’s okay. Good luck momma, take a deep breathe and remember you’re not alone, all toddlers are crazy 😉

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