My 14 month old has become a climber. Just like his big sister was. He is into everything and so much trouble these days! For a while we had to baby proof what he could reach from the floor, now he can climb up onto chairs, the couch, the counter, the table, stairs, his brother's bed, me, mom's head while she is sleeping. The list goes on. Some kids come along and obstacle in their path and go around it or through it. Henry is one of those who go over it. Here he is on his little rocking chair.
I don't even think he knows he does it, he just gets to something and his little leg just starts reaching up to stand on it. The two middle kids were not like that, but the oldest was. You have to keep an eye on him or else he will be on top of the table or counter with a big "Look at me!" grin on his face. When Heidi was little, my mom used to tell us, "Just tell her no". (I think it had been a few years since she had a willful toddler...) I think just saying no would be about as effective as telling my old chocolate lab not to fetch or swim.
As we get ready to move, I have been able to spend more time with him (which has been fun, but a lot of work!). My wife, a SAHM, is like, "See what I go through every day?"
So my 2.5 year old daughter is just about potty trained. She still has a few accidents here and there. Yesterday we were at a parking lot fair at the YMCA. My oldest wants a hula hoop for her 7th birthday, so we were checking out the hoops. We turned to see Elizabeth standing spread eagle on the grass peeing through her dress under covers... Before we could get to her, we heard other people asking "Where are this girl's parents?" and "Is that your daughter, does she need help?" All the moms with only one baby aghast at what your little girl is doing. Poor girl, she was a bit upset, though she forgot about it when she got a balloon and got to share a cotton candy.
The older two are really starting to get anxious about moving. Heidi doesn't want to leave her school and friends. Paul doesn't want to leave the house (and is starting to realize he is leaving his friends too). West Point is a great family community and there are a lot of kids in our neighborhood and on our street, they will adapt to their new home.
We are getting organized for the move, the packers come on Monday. Trying to separate some stuff that we can live with for the next month until we can move in and get settled in our new place. We spend part of that time in temporary lodging (ie an efficiency apartment) and part of the time at Grandma's near Cleveland.