Sunday, November 11, 2007

Ah, this stage

I had forgotten about this stage of toddlerhood. It's gotten so that I can't take my eyes off Campbell for a minute. He's in constant motion and is into everything. He disassembles the bottom shelf of the pantry daily; he pulls everything he can out of the cupboards that aren't locked; he fills the laundry hamper with his sisters' checkers pieces.

And now he's in the climbing phase. Ella was the climbingest of my babies, but Campbell's now giving her a run for her money. He's decided that he needs to walk down the front steps instead of scootching down on his belly - the other day he fell off our neighbors' porch steps twice while walking down them. Last night he almost managed to climb out of the bathtub, and I've found him attempting to sling a leg over the side of his crib.

This morning was the scariest, though. I had plopped him in his high chair at the table, forgetting that I now need to buckle him in. B was in the kitchen making brunch, and I was around the corner working/watching Project Runway Canada. I heard B gasp in dismay and went around the corner to see what was going on. By the time I got there, B was holding Campbell, but he said that when he turned around Campbell was standing on the kitchen table pulling on the chandelier. Double gasp.

On a slightly different note, we have a friend visiting this weekend. His kids are high school/college age, and he's forgotten what it's like to be in a house with little ones. The girls have been talking his ears off since he got up this morning, and now they've dragged him into the back yard to show off their tumbling skills on the trampoline. He's going to need a nap when he gets home to recover from our normal, everyday chaos.


Family Adventure said...

I'm such a worrier, I have to admit I didn't enjoy that phase when I had to watch the kid at all times, and s/he was an accident waiting to happen! It's amazing how quickly they get into trouble, too. Just a second or two is all it takes.

Sounds like the girls are having a good day, with an audience. I'm sure they are loving it!


hokgardner said...

I think Ella has made me numb to danger. It's nothing short of a miracle that she hasn't ended up in the hospital with the stunts she pulls. But then there's the little boy across the street, who is very cautious and who has very protective parents. He's 6 1/2 and has had salmonella poisoning, a skull fracture, a broken leg, a huge gash in the roof of his mouth, and two operations on his sinuses. I think it's luck of the draw sometimes.