10 Signs Your Toddler is Becoming a Big Kid

Kids: one day they're tiny little babies who depend on you for everything, and a moment later they're getting married and winning the Nobel Peace Prize and signing the down payment on a house. Okay, okay, maybe we got a little ahead of ourselves, but there are big changes when a kid grows up that parents might not be ready for. We asked our Facebook readers and our bloggers for the exact moment they realized their eensy, little tot was becoming … wait for it … a big kid.

1. Whoa, Mommy. This weekend, when my two-year-old daughter caught me taking a bigger bite of lunch than I should have. She looked at me and said, "Too big, mommy. That's too big." So I suppose as soon as they start correcting your actions ...

2. Takin' Out the Trash. The other day I took the trash out. My four-year-old son wasn't even in the room. When I came back in, he had gotten a plastic bag out of the cupboard and was putting it in the (four-gallon) trash can! The next day he changed a toilet paper roll on his own. Sniff - my little man is growing up!

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3. Yeah, I Did It. When he came bursting through the front door from a fishing trip with daddy, telling me, "Mommy! Mommy! I peed standing up!"

4. Check It on the Growth Chart. When they tell you they are a "big" kid now!

5. Bigger, But Less Squooshable. With both my boys, it was the loss of their chubby cheeks.

6. Hello, Toddler Calling. When they started having conversations with you.

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7. Well, If It Fits ... Putting on shoes was a big one. My three-and-a-half-year-old just did that the other day, and I was like, WHAAAAT?!

8. Coming Attractions. When I brought my then three-year-old son to the movies, and he sat through it without any major problems.

9. Hey, Knock That Off!. The first time they said, "No kisses, mommy, my friends will see!"

10. Just a Boo-Boo. When he asked if he could get me a Band-Aid to make me feel better when I was home sick.

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