Sunday, August 14, 2011

And So It Begins

BG (baby girl) has purchased herself a pair of naughty pants.  In the last month, parenting just stepped it up a notch as someone has been perfecting her Frankenstein wobble.  Lots of whines and cries can be heard through our open windows as we attempt to keep her out of the bathroom, off of the wine cabinet, out of the trashcan, from climbing into the dishwasher, and the list goes on.  This girl knows how to find a really cool activity that is neither safe nor beneficial.

Exhibit A: The Wine Cabinet.

Who wouldn't love the melody and tinkle a bunch of hanging wine glasses can make when uncoordinated hands run their little fingers over them?  When we move her from the scene she just walks right back.  In fact, she often makes sure we're making eye contact as she reaches out and unsteadily touches those tempting glasses.

Exhibit B: The Closed Bathroom Door

Apparently the bathroom is a room of endless possibilities.  There is a roll of toilet paper that quietly chants Lakin's name as she walks by, begging her to stop and play, like the One ring calls for Bilbo in The Lord of the Rings.  Heaven forbid her parents might like to use the bathroom without inviting her to the party.  Many a moments have been spent wailing on the outside of that door or sneaking around to enter through the second door in Mom and Dad's room.

Exhibit C: The Cry of Desperation When Someone, Who Shall Remain Nameless, Refuses to Pick Her Up that Very Instant.

When people do not pick up on her obvious cues that she would like to be held thankyourverymuch, Lady lets out piercing screams and wails that make everyone in a 10 mile radius want to put on their earmuffs.  She's not above clinging to your legs and holding on until you either pick her up or trip over her presence.  Forget the raw chicken on your hands, the steaming hot mug of coffee you are carrying, or that you're taking an overflowing load of laundry downstairs for wash, BG wants love and she wants it NOW.

Ah, discipline, you are a full time job.  Lord help us.


  1. Bummer! This is a less fun phase. I think I am on the other side of it (or getting there) since Daniel is exactly a year older. For somethings we did rely on Babywise PreToddler advice, like high chair manners, but the other things, we did what worked for us. We now keep toilet paper sitting on the sink because the rolling was too tempting, and Daniel is content to just play with the tube holder and practice jamming it in and out of the holder. Another thing that is probably the most important is doing the same thing over, and over. Of course, everyone tells you that. But I thought I would pipe up that it does work, but it takes like seven times of misbehavior+same parental reaction to equal a good discipline plan for both of us! You might want to skim Harry Karp's Happiest Toddler - its fairly helpful, not as helpful as Happiest Baby though.

  2. I completely understand what you are going through!! Duke & Daisy are teaching me a new level of patience every day! Last week I forgot to close the door to our pantry, and I came home to a HUGE surprise! Coke 2 liters busted all over the floor, bags of food ripped open with only the torn apart bag and crumbs left. It was a headache!! But it was my fault...I left the pantry door open. However, last night I found another surprise! I was cooking dinner and had the pantry door open for 3-5 minutes. Some how Duke & Daisy got the bag of flour out of the pantry and took it to our bedroom - under the bed of course - and went to town! I'm not sure when I would have found out about it, if it wasn't for their flour noses! God is definitely trying to prepare me for this baby!

  3. I have no idea what you are talking about. But I can imagine it. Sounds tough.

  4. Lakin's best friend needs a fix...can you please post a pic for her??!!!! Miss you all. Can't wait to see you next week :)