I’m not sure whether or not this is going to be a regular thing, but I thought it sounded catchy and also it gives me an excuse to make a badge. Just in case you didn’t know, that’s a picture of Olympic world champion Bruce Jenner before someone took a battleaxe to his face. What a shame, right?
I am coming off of just about the most non-restful 4-day weekend in the history of 4-day weekends. Holidays are so much more joyful when you have a child, but also about a bamillion times more exhausting, especially now that she’s on the move and wanting to play with just about everything she’s not supposed to. All that money spent on toys and all she wants to do is root through our entertainment center and chew on the X-Box controllers.
All turkey, mashed potato, and X-Box controller eating aside, this long weekend was also very exciting because Miss Betty has been mastering some keen new skills. She’s now a confident crawler and a pro at getting into a seated position without assistance. She waves at everyone, which is just so sweet that it makes my teeth hurt. Last Wednesday she started holding on to her crib bars and pulling up to her knees. Don’t worry, we lowered the mattress again. (I’m talking to you, Nana.)
On Saturday, we took her to Port Discovery, which is a really outstanding local children’s museum. Among other things (such as this insane three story jungle gym that I want to climb around in myself, dammit) they have a tot room with tons of fun activities for the smallest people. Much of it is very padded, which is a dream come true for moms like me who have hardwood floors at home. Come to think of it, hanging out there was probably the most relaxing part of my entire holiday weekend. Anyway, Betty was roaming around the tot room, no worse for wear after falling over and bumping her head a multitude of times, when she discovered the big fiberglass turtle. The turtle is mostly just for climbing over and sitting on, though according to this other mom I was talking to, it is also great for being potentially hazardous to your child’s face if they slip on it. Awesome. So wouldn’t you know that my daughter took the opportunity to grab on to this over-sized reptile and pull herself right up into a standing position for the very first time EVER! I must have looked like an insane person as I yelled and grabbed for my phone out of B’s diaper bag so I could get a photo.
Then of course I quickly spotted her to make sure she wouldn’t slip and smack her face like that other mom’s poor kid did.
It’s amazing how fast babies pick up on new skills too, because by the end of the weekend, Betty wanted to stand up on absolutely everything she laid eyes on. She’s not picky, but it seems like she really prefers the most unsafe things; especially those that either have sharp edges or can’t support her weight. Last night, she became enraged with me because I would not let her pull up to stand with the help of a cardboard box. I guess the soft edged footstools that I put out for her just weren’t dangerous enough. Luckily Christmas is coming and her gift list includes a couple of different activity tables that will be good for this sort of thing.
Until then, I’m just praying I can keep her from pulling up on the tree.