Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Evil Drums


*Alternate title for this post: Mama's in a lot of Trouble Now!!!*

It seems like just yesterday that Little One was still a tiny baby that didn't really do much at all. Well, except for sleep, poop, pee, nurse, repeat. Oh, and she'd give us the occasional super sweet smile, which we were convinced was not a gas smile!

How did she all of a sudden turn 15 months old? How is it that she now only nurses once a day and enjoys (and I mean really enjoys) eating whatever Mom and Dad eat? She went from not knowing how to even roll over to crawling. She went from not knowing how to sit on her own to standing!

Now, I fear that I am in trouble. Hubby caught Little One climbing the stairs last week. We have three flights of stairs in our house and each flight has its own baby gate. We just hadn't been very diligent about closing the gates all the time. We haven't had much reason to before. She was very mobile, but never went near the stairs. Now Little One is all over the place and into everything. Now the gates are closed all the time.

Even things I never imagined would be used to propel her onward and upward have become hazards. My sister-in-law from down south gave Little One a drum set. Inside the drum set are other musical instruments. Little One just loves her musical instruments.

I don't know if I'd go so far as to say she's musically inclined, but she loves how each instrument makes a different sound. Oh, and does she ever like trying them out!!!

Well, this drum set has been the source of anxiety headache concern for me. I love it. It's the cutest thing ever. However, when Little One takes the xylophone, maracas, drum sticks, tambourine, and other instruments out, they get scattered ALL OVER the house. I can't stand it when things are not in their proper place, but lately my house is ALWAYS a disaster. Nothing is where it ought to be. It's just a mess...even after I've spent the day cleaning.

Now, this evil drum is evil for more reasons than the mess it brings with it. Take a look and you'll know why!
Okay, Little One is quietly SITTING on her drum. Sitting!?!?! When did she learn how to do that?! It's like I blinked my eyes and she grew up!

Looks innocent enough, right? She's watching The Doodlebops on TV and looking at one of her many Sandra Boynton books. I'm still not too happy about her sitting on her drum! Dangerous! The kid has no fear whatsoever!

Even worse! She's learned that she can not only sit on her drum, but use it to climb onto things!
That's it! I'm hiding the evil drum! :)

17 comments:

Farmer John said...

She's a quick learner, just like her mom.

Patti McK said...

You can hide it, but she's a VERY smart little girl and she'll find it!! Good luck with that though... : ) Hey, you gotta earn some grey hair sometime right?!

Christine said...

Too cute!!!
I hear you on the clean and in its place dilemma....I am getting better at accepting the fact that my house will never be what it use to be like and that is after 11 years of motherhood. Call me a slow learner. lol

Frau Guten Tag said...

Regarding the house not being neat & clean: she just needs less toys. Joseph doesn't have enough toys to really make that big of a mess. Finances are tight for us right now & no one else spoils him & it works for us, LOL!!

But Joseph is 10 months & not walking yet & he already wants to climb on everything he can--he knows no fear! I'm assuming once he hurts himself he'll be more cautious??

C said...

Hubby:
Awwwww! You commented! Love you!

C said...

Patti:
You're probably right! LOL! Hope you guys can make it on Sat! Would be great to get all the kids together. I just realized that all the kids LO's and Samantha's age in our township are all GIRLS!!!

C said...

Christine:
You're too funny! :) I think I'm a slow learner too. I keep insisting that things get put in their proper place. It doesn't seem to be working though. Apparently, 15 month olds like doing things their own way...and they like undoing their Mama's work! Clean and folded laundry? Poof! Out of the laundry basket and on the floor! Sometimes I wonder why I even bother! LOL! ;)

C said...

Frau:
You are definitely right. Little One has A LOT of stuff. Unfortunately (or fortunately? Not sure!), she's been given a lot of things. I keep about half a dozen toys out and leave the rest in her toy box. I occasionally rotate toys. I take some out of the box after a few weeks and put some back in. When Little One sees the toys that have been hidden for weeks, it's like she's got new toys! LOL! She gets super excited to see them. We've given away toys and have lent some to other kids.

The funny thing (since you mentioned her needing less toys) is that though she has toys, there are only a few that she actually plays with (the half dozen I mentioned). She's actually quite happy to play with a Kleenex box or pots and pans!!! No joke! That entertains her for hours!

merinz said...

Oh wow she is growing up so fast. And is very adventurous. As fast as you remove things that she can climb up on, she will find others!

Ditch the tidy house expectations! Just have a big toy clean up each night before bed, pack a few away, and bring them out alternate weeks.

Deb said...

uh oh! she's a curious climber! good luck!

Anonymous said...

C, OMG, she is so cute!!!
I'm trying to get a hold of you, but I can;t find your e-mail, and my home computer is down!!! We are looking to start planning our vacation in Aug, and wanted to know where you suggest we say, that would be close to you, of course!!!
Talk to you soon!!!
Stephanie

Frau Guten Tag said...

yeah, it's the same with Joseph--he likes to play with lots of stuff besides TOYS, so I don't feel so bad that he doesn't have many toys because of that.

caninecologne said...

ha ha! that's too cute!!!

i remember putting tc in a laundry basket once (she was still pretty tiny - maybe 8 or 9 months old) while i was trying to clean something in my closet...i turned my head and the next thing i knew, she had pulled herself up by holding the sides. i freaked out! ha ha. good memories though!

well, with a baby, get used to mess!!!! :0

word ver:
gybar
as in, "It's Friday night! Let's go to the GAYBAR and check out the hot guys!"

Dina said...

I can't stand it when things are not in their proper place, but lately my house is ALWAYS a disaster

This made me laugh my *ss off. As your former roomie I can say this was SOOO not the way you were when we lived together!! BUT I do agree that things get a million times worse when babies get thrown into the mix. I try to keep a somewhat clean and tidy house but with 2 kids 1.5 and 3.5 that is a joke and a half!!

C said...

Dina:
HAHAHAHA!!! I KNOW!!! Crazy, eh?! Funny what having a baby can do to a person! Remember, I instead of putting my stuff away, I'd just shove everything in my closet or under my bed!?! HAHA! Too funny! Now, I freak out when things aren't in the right place or even if there's a bit of mess. *sigh* Times have changed. I must be getting old. LOL!

Dina said...

not getting old...just growing more like your mom every day :)

C said...

Dina:
Never thought I'd say this, but...
Sooooooo true!

P.S. I was laughing after reading your post because I remember the day you came into my room and I was trying to put on the new bedding I had bought for my bed. You walked in and had the oddest look on your face when you saw me try to put the fitted sheet on the box spring! LOL!!! I had never had any occasion or need to learn how to do anything like that before since I was a spoiled kid growing up, whose nanny/house keeper (and when we didn't have a nanny, my mom did everything and wouldn't let us do things around the house because it wasn't her way), did everything for us.

That will forever be the day when Dina taught C how to make a bed! LOL!!!!!

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