Friday, August 29, 2008

Is my house really that dirty?

So, Asher can really crawl now. This has created two new problems: He can reach the toys that Brennan thinks he's saved when he moves them across the room (but still on the floor), and he's finding every stray crumb, rock, and other small object that the adult eye (and vacuum cleaner) miss. Today Asher took his first venture outside of our living room. He headed towards the kitchen and dining area, with some pit stops along the way. Souvenirs included a cheerio, a small piece of bark, and the cap off of a door stop. The bark was the only item I caught before it went into his mouth. At this point I relocated him to his high chair so I could finish getting breakfast ready.

And the toy thing, Brennan is not pleased. He's not used to having joint-ownership with his things. When he was very young I tried to teach a non-ownership lifestyle, but by 3 years old he'd long figured out that the world doesn't operate that way. This has created some strife lately. What I'm now trying to do is make the rule that if Asher finds it on the floor, he gets to play with it for 2 minutes and then Brennan can exchange it for some other toy. This also means that every minute I have to remind Brennan that if it's on the floor Asher can play with it. My couch is getting pretty full because that's where Brennan now puts his things after each reminder. (And here I was hoping that it would cause Brennan to start putting his toys away during the day... no such luck!)

I have a fear though: I'm starting to think I've got a major climber on the way. As Asher learned to crawl he picked up another new trick - he uses something/one to get onto his knees and then onto his feet, almost to standing position. He doesn't get past a 45 degree angle without some help because his standing balance is just not that good, but he sure tries. If you help him to standing position, he'll continue trying to climb you like a tree. Oh no! He's g0ing to be the kid that starts climbing out of his crib at 9 months or that we'll discover sitting on top of the fridge when he's 18 months. (I have a friend who found her 18 month old there.) I think he's gonna keep us busy.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

Wow, sounds like those boys are keeping you busy! Good idea with the toys on the floor and letting Asher play with them for 2 minutes, I will have to remember that for the future.