One of the neat things about having kids is that you constantly wish you could freeze time. When they're cute little cooing machines that can barely even roll over, you just wish you could keep them at their age. Then when they're crawling all over the place and discovering those weird five-pronged appendages at the ends of their arm, you wish they'd stop there.
Just about every stage has its pros and cons and just when you think it can't get any better and you want to master time, you suddenly fall in love with the new stage.
At least that's how it's been with me and my two boys. Right now I am absolutely loving their ages (7 and 9), since we can have real conversations, play legitimate games, watch more grown-up TV together, etc.
But that doesn't mean I'm ecstatic to be out of all the other stages. In fact, there are plenty of things about both my kids that I still miss dearly. Especially from the toddler stage. Here's a look at 7 that really stand out in my mind: