Monday, July 27, 2015

I do myself

Our Baby T is in the middle of a big outbreak of "I do myself."  Unfortunately, not everything she wants to do are things she's either capable of or allowed to do.  On the bright side, her struggles 1) keep her busy and 2) lessen my responsibilities (until cleanup time, of course!).  I need to bear in mind that we need way more time to get ready to go somewhere than we used to.  (Yesterday it turned out that 30 minutes wasn't quite enough time to get Baby T out of the house after a nap.)  Here are some highlights:

  • Baby T graduated herself from the feeding seat a few months ago.  The first sign of the handwriting on the wall was her insisting that the feeding seat was just for her stuffed animals.
  • Baby T has also been insisting that her stroller is primarily for her to push her stuffed animals in.  But I still manage to get her into the stroller, probably 50% of the time.
  • Baby T wants to open the minivan doors and if she finds it already open, she is indignant.  Ideally, I should wait until her hands are on the handle and then push the button to open the door.  She thinks she's opening the door as long as she's touching it.  
  • She wants to do the buckles on both the stroller and her car seat.  She manages the top buckle in the car seat pretty good, but it takes so looooong for her to do the stroller snaps.
  • Related:  If I start doing something for her that she wants to do herself, she has to go back several steps to the beginning and start the whole process again.
  • Baby T is now primarily using open cups at home.  She is very fond of the Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse toddler souvenir cups I bought the big kids when we went to Disneyland 4 years ago that the big kids never really used.  
  • She likes filling her cups up with water herself.
  • She is constantly pushing the stepladder around the kitchen to get at the sink and cupboards.
  • She likes getting her own spoons from the drawer and her own dishes from the dishwasher.  Fortunately, so far she just goes for the baby stuff.
  • She is now able to open the lids on her baby yogurt pouches.
  • She likes opening up packets of crackers.
  • She wants to pour milk and cereal.  I got a Rubbermaid cereal keeper and a quart bottle of milk and provide a little discreet help.   
We've also removed her crib from her room leaving her with the crib mattress on the floor, so she is freer than ever before in her room.  I also often find her asleep face down in the carpet or on a blanket on the carpet. 

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