Sunday, March 15, 2009

I love my baby enough to share mini-eggs

I've always been a skeptic of the "terrible two's". Labels that cause expectations that are often not even true and induce false dread and false relief. I mean really, isn't "terrible" a little harsh? Kids are sweetly naughty because of their innocence, right? Plus we've all got our semi-terrible moments (well, me not so much), even those of us several decades old. So why put all the pressure on an innocent 2-year old to be naughty and difficult?! To let the age be the scapegoat of all unwanted behavior, I guess.

Why am I even going off on this? Well, because for me I find the difficulty in the 1- year olds and want some validation and perhaps some understanding. Here is some of my evidence 1 year olds are more of a handful than 2-year olds:

  • 1 year olds grunt, point, and pant their desires, which must be met immediately!
  • They want to do boring stuff like stand at the microwave for minutes and just open and close that door for what seem like hours.
  • They don't like the telly so how can long car rides work or using the telly as a babysitter? (super problem, I know).
  • That beautiful display tower of jello at the store? Gone.
  • They remember the taste of that m&m well enough to know where they are and to grunt you in the direction of them. Can't quite reason with them "treat after the sliced bananas, baby" (ok, shame on me for exposing my babes to the evil seduction of sweets)

The list goes on but so will boredom if I continue...

Steering away from all that negativity (if it's taken as that) and more on a "isn't he precious" note, here are some pictures of Samuel doin' some of his 1-year old hobbies.


Playing mop for a good 10 minutes. He also likes R's wooden shoe trees. You never know what makes a good toy for a 1 year old.


Look here- I'm impressed that he knows how to twist a screwdriver! I have to change our belt about every two weeks because of all the random dress-up scarves we have half-hiding, just within suction's reach.


What I have to put on the floor to keep to keep him entertained so I don't have to hold him while I do my important duties.


So those are my thoughts on this matter. But dang, as high-maintenance as he is, he is a GOOD boy. Labels and all.

8 comments:

stephanie said...

I totally get what you are saying about the one year olds. I happen to have one of those. But I still think two is pretty terrible.And then you have those who say three is worse than two.....

ddrussel said...

Erin, when Stockton was about 14 months old, I would put cheerios on the carpet and hand him the nozzle to the central vac and let him go to town. It was a better babysitter than the TV.

Terry and Melissa Rees said...

You forgot to mention the cranky, clingy 6 month old! Deacon is (hopefully) going through a stage right now where he doesn't want ANYONE but mom and dad, and hates being anywhere but home. I thought being a stay-at-home mom was a good thing?! I have so far resisted the powerful urge to buy the precious mini eggs. They scream my name every time I'm at the store, but so far so good...

Maria said...

Well, I can't relate to the kid thing, but the mini-eggs? Yeah. They are heavenly.

Megz said...

Let's not forget the newborn stage....No, every stage has their moments right? And Swam is so stinkin' cute. But it is really bad if you are giving him real candy instead of cheap substitutes like those WalMart Smile fruit snacks. Thems are nasty.
Anyway. I am sure in no time Sam will be watching princess videos with his sisters and you'll be wishing he didn't want to watch so much TV.

Karen said...

You're very giving! I have to hide my chocolate! What a little cutie you have there - he's also very handy. What kind of mop do you use, is it a steam mop? If so what kind and do you like it? I always like to hear about cleaning items that make life easier.

rut said...

I thought your "baby" was me, because you are kind to leave those bags in sight.

Good little boy. Darn those vacuum belts. 3 seconds of jam, and they break? lame.

LC said...

What's better than one one-year old? TWO! Sam and Cannon are going to love hanging out together this weekend.