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the joys of raising small children...


Saturday, June 15, 2013

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.
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CASEYSAUER 6/23/2013 6:43AM

    West Point! Beautiful post! You will enjoy your "hitch" there! Your kids sounds like lovely young people. Please continute to share their growth with us!

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BLITZEN40 6/17/2013 3:37AM

    Looks like your 14 month old is at that stage where you just want to put a helmet on him to keep him safe for the next year or so. They are so curious, active and fearless at that age. And I must admit, I do not miss potty training! Sounds like you and your wife are busy, busy! Good luck with the collecting of necessities and be very thankful you have packers for everything else. emoticon

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DARLY55 6/16/2013 1:29PM

    I smiled at this too, but not because I remembered those times, but because they are way behind me!!! Have fun with them, enjoy these times, they are gone fast! I enjoyed the read.
Good luck with the moving, it is a big thing, but can be a fun adventure for all of you!



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BIGPAWSUP 6/16/2013 1:12PM

    Wow - don't know how you keep up.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 6/16/2013 9:20AM

    Don't know how you handle all that.

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MERRY_XMAS 6/16/2013 5:16AM

    They always say that you lose the "pregnancy kgs" during the time when children learn how to climb and walk because you have to chase them all around and be careful not to hurt themselves. I don't know, but it definitely sounds like a hard job... Your wife is absolutely right!

I didn't move away from my home and it will be really difficult to do it. Losing friends at any age is heartbreaking. Maybe they can try to write to each other (via post or email). I did it once and I cannot tell you the joy I felt when I checked my mailbox and I saw a latter from my penfriends. We don't talk anymore (mostly it's my fault), but they are always in my heart.

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WILSONWR 6/15/2013 9:56PM

    Kids can be so much fun.

Good luck on your move!

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GOING-STRONG 6/15/2013 8:12PM

    Loved the story.. thanks for sharing. You have a wonderful family.


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ROXYZMOM 6/15/2013 3:05PM

    Henry is really cute! What a great age!
Enjoy every second of it!!

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COOP9002 6/15/2013 1:28PM

    Thanks for sharing. Our two are 22 and 10, so those days are long gone for us. Sounds like you're enjoying this special time in your life. Blessings to you on the move.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/15/2013 12:46PM

    Happy Father's Day!
Just wait until they are in their 20s - the issues don't go away. emoticon

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DOUGDC 6/15/2013 11:05AM

    Great blog. And clearly you're a great dad!
Happy Father's Day.

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BOILHAM 6/15/2013 10:37AM

  Nice blog, your 14 m.o. is so cute.
I'm probably closer to your Mom's age, and when she said "just tell him no" she was sincere.
Back in Ancient Tymes, we raised the children with a little more discipline than exists these days. Not saying who's right or wrong, or if there is a right or wrong. But when our kids were growing up we were stricter with them. We followed through on discipline, no empty threats. Today the trend is to let them "express themselves" and have a bit more freedom, self expression and decision making, etc.
If my wife DW saw one of our grandkids on a chair like you have pictured, she'd say "just tell him no" also. And she'd expect the "no" to be obeyed. It's a generational thing.
Love the blog and hope your move goes smoothly.

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NATPLUMMER 6/15/2013 10:32AM

    Some kids are just climbers.....I used to climb out of my crib and then I would climb up on the kitchen counters.....I still climb up on the lab bench when I need something from the top shelf.
Good luck with the move!!

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THINRONNA 6/15/2013 8:27AM

    Oh my! Good luck with the little climber! My son was not so much a climber as an emptier...whatever cabinet or drawer he could get to he would empty! We had to keep all of our kitchen utensils up on the counter for months and months till he got over it. Kids are funny and wonderful aren't they. Good luck with your move...I know...moves can be hard. Wishing you the best!

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CASSIOEPIA 6/15/2013 8:17AM

    My second one was a climber, and I used to find him in the kitchen sink too! I remember working in the yard one day and the kids were also outdoors with us. I found him in the child bike seat, and have no idea how he climbed up the bike which was leaning against the house. He had the biggest grin on his face.

Good luck with the move.

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GLUECIPHER 6/15/2013 7:36AM

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 6/15/2013 7:26AM

    So cute!!

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FITFOODIE806 6/15/2013 7:24AM

    Both of mine were/ are climbers too. It's fun and scary!

Hope the move goes well and that the whole family makes the transition easily.

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 6/15/2013 7:20AM

    My kds are still young, 10, 8, & 5.5, but still it brought back memories of a similar incident with my dd1.

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KELLIEBEAN 6/15/2013 7:15AM

    Reading this made me smile, brought back some memories. My kids are 27 and 22. I miss those days, although then I couldn't wait for them to get out of those stages.

My son was very similar to Henry, climbing on EVERYTHING!

The kids will be alright with the move. It will be hard for a while but they'll make it. You and your wife are a great team! Good luck with the packing this weekend!

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