Those parenting books don't tell you everything about life with a toddler. I don't think they do it on purpose, it's just almost impossible to really explain their bewildering behavior.
They dont' tell you that you'll walk into Kohl's and leave carrying a screaming toddler.
They won't tell you that your child will run away from you at the store yelling, "You can't catch me!" and then throwing a pile of Kelly Green t-shirts up in the air like it's raining.
They don't tell you that your child will have to sleep with a cat blanket, the 'puffy' blanket, the blanket with the 'balls on top' and the green one and that he will need to have 423 stuffed animals in his bed and a line of trucks next to his bed.
and that he'll still get up out of bed, 154 times, ask for a drink and beg you to lay in the room or hold his hand.
or that your child will decide that the only way to eat green beans is to take out the tiny little beans one by one leaving a trail of shredded green beans
or that you'll come back from the bathroom to find your kitchen floor covered in chocolate chips.
or that he'll decide 'I don't like to take a bath' or 'I don't like to eat,' and even, "I don't like to go to bed!"
They don't tell you that you'll hear them repeat the same thing 920 times in the span of five minutes.
They don't tell you that they will throw themselves on the ground, scream and cry for 20 minutes all because, "I want do it!"
They don't tell you that the sweet, little child can switch into a kicking, screaming mess at the drop of a hat.
The toddler is truly a complicated little being.
They have more insight than you could imagine or that they could say something so simple that it brings you to tears.
They notice just about everything and find amusement in the simplest of things.
They say things like, "oh that is just perfect!" after you let them feel their baby brother kick.
They tell you "I just love you, momma!" and nothing else matters.
That is until they are throwing shirts off the shelf at Kohl's and all the old lady's are staring at you.