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Lillian Saleh loves that her toddler wants to know what’s going on — so much so he asks her the same question sometimes up to 20 times a day. And while she is enjoying answering him, she’s not sure how long she can keep it up for.
Lillian Saleh has never had to worry about her toddler’s appetite — until now. Just shy of this second birthday, he has gone from eating everything put in front of him, to thumbing his nose and refusing to eat. Until he spied the cinnamon doughnuts.
Toddler tantrums in public can be very stressful — for both the child and the parent. And with Lillian Saleh’s son in full swing lately, it was some advice from another mum on Facebook that is helping her cope.
After finding out the gender four weeks ago, the woman’s partner says she ‘still cries whenever someone mentions the baby’ and she won’t touch the nursery.
It is still months away but Lillian Saleh is already in full birthday party planning mode — from where to host their son’s second birthday, to the party’s theme and even the cake. And she’ll have to take plenty of photographs because he won’t remember a thing.
It had been months in the planning — but nothing could prepare Lillian Saleh for the six-hour flight with her toddler son in her lap. Worse still were her visions of poolside cocktails giving way to the reality of travelling with a toddler.
IN the 18 months since he was born, Lillian Saleh is yet to leave her son in anyone’s care apart from her husband and his daycare educators. Is not that she hasn’t had any offers — it’s just that she’s not ready to let go. And isn’t sure if she ever will be.
IT seemed like a fun outing to entertain the toddlers on a rainy morning. But as soon as Lillian Saleh walked into the indoor play centre, she knew it was not going to end well.