Monday, May 24, 2010

17 months old ... stayin' alive

Our living room has undergone a makeover during the past month. Actually, several makeovers. Not because we're redecorating, but because we're rapidly discovering that "baby-proofed" does not equal "toddler-proofed"!

Scaling fences, climbing on tables, tipping toy boxes, running on the couch—we've seen it all and more in the last few weeks. Ted has spent a lot of time moving furniture around (and around) to make the living room as safe as possible, but as soon as we think we have a foolproof plan, the kids (*cough* Jude *cough*) immediately find a way to subvert it. Just yesterday morning I about died when I turned to see Jude clinging to the top corner of the couch like a little, sideways koala!

Being naughty!!

I know, I know—everyone tells me that kids are resilient and that it's normal for them to fall (after all, that's how they learn, right?). Nevertheless, visions of horrible accidents flash before my eyes when I see my four little monkeys behaving so dangerously. I'm not a worrier by nature, but I do find myself praying that the Fab Four will make it to the 18-month mark in one piece!

An increasingly rare moment of sofa zen

The next (admittedly extreme) measure would be to completely remove the furniture from the living room (as we know other families of multiples have done). However, our house is tiny, and there's simply nowhere else to put our stuff. Oh, for a basement ...


Tina Michelle said...

Wow, that is scary! Mine (2 and 3) climb on my furniture and it drives me insane. They have been doing it since they could walk and fallen off plenty of times. Just keep remembering they will be older pretty soon! I wish we had a room of climbing blocks for ours. That would be awesome!

Christy AKA Trippin' Mama said...

I hear you on the "where do we put all this stuff?" I lived with a sofa in my front entryway for almost a year.

Then just when I thought I was going to have to pay through the nose for storage, a friend had a house to sell and no furniture to put in it. We staged her house with my furniture -- a LOT of my furniture! Sofa, chairs, end tables, lamps, queen-sized bed, dining room table (now that's a playroom). She's thrilled and so am I!

Just keep praying and remember that kids do bounce!



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