Wednesday, March 14, 2007

On the move...

Baby b. is officially on the move! He’s been rolling around for awhile now, but in the last few days he’s actually gotten up on his hands and knees and started…gulp…crawling. I have to confess that I’ve been dreading this moment. Even the most childproofed house poses genuine opportunity for danger and large messes for the crawling infant. I’ll never forget when the twins started crawling, and I came out of the bathroom to find both of them tangled up in a large roll of “ruffies” garbage bags that we used to line their diaper pail. Even funnier was the fact that they were in a gated off room with nothing except baby toys and a changing table (which is where they found all of those fun bags). And who could forget my frantic phone call to the Huggies hotline to sheepishly ask, “Are these wipes really non-toxic? Even if the baby sucks all of the liquid out of…um…two hundred of them?”

Baby b. seems to be following in his brothers’ footsteps in his nonchalance toward baby toys. As soon as I put him on the floor, he moves as far as he can from his extensive collection of Baby Einstein and Lamaze educational toys and grabs the real goods: newspapers, dirty shoes, and empty boxes. Last night he excitedly crawled over to his basket of diapers that sits on the floor—my husband had just refilled it, but left the open pack of diapers in its plastic packaging. There was a small corner of dangling plastic, and baby b. was delighted at the crinkly sound it made when he grabbed it. We probably have at least two hundred dollars worth of developmentally stimulating toys within arms reach, and what does he want to play with? The one choking hazard in the room.

He’s cute as a button, though, and the noisy boys are being especially diligent in putting their toys up where they belong. (Well, maybe diligent is the wrong word. Let’s just say they’d rather clean up all of their toys than give up watching television.)

Oh, and in case you were wondering: the wipes really are non-toxic. You can suck on as many as you want without actually dying. You might have an upset stomach, but you won’t die. And those little pellets that you put in the water to grow little sponge dinosaurs and elephants? If you eat those, the sponge will usually pass right through your system. You have to watch for it, though, just in case it doesn’t. Yeah. We’ve been there. Don’t even ask.

8 comments:

Emily said...

Ava has figured out, just today actually, that she can go from sitting to her belly to get stuff and then roll away with stuff in her hands to get better goods. She has taken garbage out of a bag that was a few feet away from her, taken labels out of a cd cover thingy and then tried to eat the label. She can also pull herself up to standing if she holds on to our fingers. I am glad our couches aren't really pull-up-able at this point. So baby b. is one week ahead of A. Maybe she will crawl next week.

Llama Momma said...

It's still kind of early for all of this, isn't it? Our babies must be very advanced. :-)

spaghettipie said...

What a fun - and tiring - milestone. My daughter only learned to crawl a few months ago (she's 18 months), but she's been walking for a loooong (note the exhaustion) time.

And it is funny how kids continually choose empty boxes, pieces of paper and your favorite breakables to play with over the mountainous pile of "educational" toys that we buy. And yet we keep buying them...

Maria Dodson said...

How fun! Great story, it made me laugh. My little one is 7 months and is rolling like crazy. Even when rolling it seems like the first thing he wants to do is get to the edge of the blankets that I've laid down for him so he can suck on the dirty rug! Glad to hear about the wipes, too.

Llama Momma said...

Thanks for stopping by, Maria! Yeah, I'm there...wondering why I bother putting a blanket down at all...

Charity Singleton said...

Maybe the twins can take on a corralling function -- at least keeping Baby b in one room or one part of the house while you make dinner! What fun!

Craver Vii said...

Fresh baby wipes? Mmmmmm... That's good eatin'!

This reminds me of the days when Mrs. Craver was a home day-care provider. My job had irregular hours, and I frequently got to spend time with all those little rugrats.

There was an idea for helping moms of tots that was supposed to make me rich. It didn't work as well as I had hoped. The idea was to make velcro diapers. Momma puts baby in the middle of the carpeted floor, with safe toys, and she should be able to go potty or sweep the kitchen with no problem. Why didn't it work? Naked babies found their way to the kitchen, and Fido found his way to the diapers.

You're thinking, "Really?" No, but it was funny, wasn't it. (Only the home day-care paragraph was true.)

Llama Momma said...

Charity - The twins are definitely helping to corral this little one. They've got special tubes (empty TP rolls) that they "test" stuff with. If it can go through the tube, it's not safe for baby.

Craver - Velcro? That's what duct tape is for, right?? I'm sorry to say all of my stories are true. We've had some interesting times around here!! And I've gotta hand it to Mrs. Craver. I don't think I could handle a home daycare!!