Some things I've learned about parenting a 2 year old. It's all a cliché, but there's no such thing as a cliché when it's happening to me:
1. Don't worry, it will all change before I finish typing this.
2. Changing sleep patterns takes a looooong time, but it can be done (my apologies to Elizabeth Pantley, who I doubted here).
3. It takes consistency, nay, rigidity, in sticking to nap and bedtimes. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.
4. If the child is so tired she's already falling asleep before you finish the whole bedtime routine, so you decide to skip part of it, the disruption will wake her right up, and she'll be awake far longer (and it will be far less pleasant) than just doing the whole damn thing in the first place.
5. Power struggles are not worth it. And unwinnable anyway.
6. Cut food up into smaller pieces that you think you need to.
7. Smaller portions ironically result in more food intake.
8. There is no end to the guilt and worry.
9. Crying will always happen at the exact moment that the NPR commentator is finally saying the one thing you want to hear.
10. New human beings learn an amazing amount every day.
11. There's still a lot they don't understand.
12. The first unsolicited "I love you Mama" is better than sex, chocolate, drugs, and an hourlong swedish massage all put together.