Letting her “do her thing”

I think we can all agree that the toddler years can be a pretty….challenging time. My two and a half year old is no longer a baby, yet she’s not quite a full-fledged kid either. She’s becoming a big girl, with big girl emotions, wants, needs, and ideas. Don’t get me wrong, we’re still in diapers, using a binky, and toting around her favorite blankie everywhere we go, but my sweet little Harper certainly isn’t a the chubby, bald baby she once was. She’s developed her own silly, sweet, and quirky personality. She’s learning to do things on her own and is constantly reminding me that she’s the one calling the shots quite often. Sometimes I just have to let her do her thing!


Doing her thing usually involves being outside, which is her absolute favorite big girl thing to do nowadays. I cannot get this girl inside! She loves to pull her little wagon around and collect rocks, sticks and pine cones.
She loves to play with her water table and make mud- she’s certainly not afraid to get dirty! I may or may not have caught her eating dirt on more than one occasion as well. When I asked her what she was doing she proudly proclaimed “I eat the dirt, mama!”


Now that it’s warmed up, playing outside with her big brother and sister is hands down her favorite thing to do. She loves running around and can totally keep up with the big kids! They are so good about including her too.
Even the rain and snow are no match for her energy. As soon as it starts to rain she grabs her sparkly purple rainboots and stands by the slider yelling “Wow! A big puddle!” She’ll stomp around in her too-big boots until she’s soaking wet, stopping to catch the rain in her mouth because she’s too busy to come inside to get a drink. That would require her to slow down, which never happens.


When she’s too busy doing her thing, I can usually get her to take a brief pause to hand her a bottle of her favorite drink, Fruit Shoot. The bottles are durable and are tough enough to withstand my toddler’s death grip, and the resealable caps are quick and easy to open. Even for impatient 2 year olds! We’ve tried other juice boxes and pouches and Harper just can’t figure them- she can’t open the straws, poke it through the tiny little hole, and her grasp is always to tight and she ends up squeezing it out all over her shirt, pants, shoes, the floor, the couch…everything. It usually ends in an epic meltdown. Fruit Shoots are toddler-friendly and approved! Anything that allows her a little independence and frees me up a few extra seconds is a win in my book.


Fruit Shoot doesn’t add sugar to their drinks either, which makes it an easy choice when it comes to keeping her hydrated (because sometimes it’s impossible to get her to drink water). I let her do her thing and choose a fun drink while she’s running out the “evening crazies” in the backyard before bedtime. Where does all of that energy come from?

I found Fruit Shoot at my local Fred Meyer and they are a must-have for outside fun and adventures! Find out where to purchase here.