Little Ro is now completely mobile. She toddles around from room to room and can even go up and down stairs with supervision. As just about any parent knows, mobility is both a blessing and a curse.
For those of you who are not parents…
Mobility is such a blessing because it means that your child has successfully reached another very important milestone. It means that your baby is moving into a different developmental period. Walking typically occurs somewhere between 9 and 15 months old and brings a whole new level of fun (not sarcastic at this point) to the parenting game.
Mobility is a curse because you have to step it up! When I say “step it up” I mean you have to baby proof EVERYTHING, you are constantly on your feet chasing this small bundle of joy around trying to make sure that they stay safe because baby proofing doesn’t replace actual parenting, and you have to really hone in your sense of hearing if you ever want to go to the bathroom again.
Little Ro is so different than Lis when she was a baby…
When Lis was Little Ro’s age, she was perfectly content to relax on her chair and read a book or watch TV while I ran to the bathroom. She would snuggle with her blankie and all was well for as long as 20 minutes if I needed.
Little Ro, though, she’s a whole different story. I know that she’s not feeling well when she sits still for more than three minutes. She’s constantly on the move and has to be doing something at all times. It’s so much fun and so exhausting all at once!
Now for today’s story…
Little Ro and I were playing in the living room with her doll house. She seemed pretty occupied so I thought I would take the a moment to use the bathroom.
Now because she is so incredibly quick at everything she does, I have mastered the art of using the bathroom in under a minute. How do I know this? I can put my coffee in the microwave, pee, wash my hands, and be back to the microwave before the one minute it takes to heat it up is done. It’s a much needed skill at this point in my life.
So here I go. I kid you not, this child must have been waiting for this opportunity because when I came out of the bathroom, I found her not in the living room where I left her. Oh no! I found her in my bedroom playing with a shoe while eating a hamburger bun!
While yes, this is weird, it’s no surprise to us. This child will fight anyone to get their food if it just so happens to be a delicious carb. She know where all of her favorites are kept in the kitchen and has started climbing to get the ones she can’t reach. When it comes to bread and potatoes, personal safety is the last thing on her mind.
So here I am, sharing with you all the fun (there’s the sarcasm) times she and I share throughout the day fighting over buns. This is not the first time, nor do I anticipate it to be the last, that she has found a way to nom on some bread when no one is looking.
I suppose that the moral of this story is that when “the snuggle is real”, eat the damn bun if it’s going to make you happy. 😉