A Good Day to Walk

We’ve been watching Sawyer push his toys and the kitchen chairs around, walking on his knees, climbing, barely holding our fingers and walking along beside us. We knew it was just a matter of choice when he was going to take off. Apparently, today was the day. Right before bath he walked about ten steps in our room. After bath, he suddenly started walking. He just got up off his knees and started walking pushing the lawn mower (which does not offer any support. The handle lays on the ground unless he holds it up) back and forth. Then he ditched the mower and just started walking all over. He even made the barrier transitions from hardwood to carpet to foam mat to linoleum without getting down. He walked a few victory laps around the island in the kitchen. He was positively tickled with himself. We cheered and clapped for him the whole time.
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/This weekend the kids learned a new trick. We have pack n plays around the downstairs for time outs. Yesterday and today whenever we went to put them in time out, they were full of balls and toys. How many balls? Well, we have a little ball bin that came with about 30 balls, and all of them were in there. Plus some other fun things. Why don’t pack n plays come with lids?
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/Kimball wants to know exactly where the line begins and ends with limite. Let’s take the “don’t pull things off the table or counter” rule. That’s not clear enough for him. Can I touch the objects on the table with my hand? No. What about one finger? No. Can I just rest my hand on the table if I don’t touch things? No. What if I put one finger hanging off the edge of the table? No. If I put my toy up there can I retrieve it? Yes. Can I touch things on the table with the toy in my hand? No. Can I get my cup off the table? Yes. Once he tests every possible aspect of the limit, he finally leaves it alone. Mostly.
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/They’va decided that food from mommy or daddy’s plate is far superior to their own, even though it comes from the same pan. We give them fruit with their snack every day, and some days they eat it fine and other days they turn their noses up. Now, if I’m eating an apple or banana, I will be swarmed with open little mouths begging for a bite. Didn’t I just offer you this same fruit for your snack 10 minutes ago? I did. Did you eat it? Not really. They do a great job of biting off my apple. It’s hard to get them to take small bites of my banana. They try to get as much of it in their mouths as possible. Maybe they enjoy the novelty of eating directly from the fruit like we do. All I know is if I eat fruit (or anything else) when they are not in their high chairs or sleeping, then I’m not going to get to eat much.

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