Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Perilous Ventures

Elise is ten months old now and is "cruising" - pulling herself to stand while holding onto furniture and walking alongside said furniture. It's very cute, but it has also made us realize how dangerous growing up really is. It is 11:21 in the morning right now. So far today, Elise has: 1) fallen off her favorite climbing toy (i.e., Mommy's filing box) onto her head, 2) fallen backwards from a standing position onto the linoleum floor, and taking a heavy piece of petrified wood with her (we use it as a bookend), 3) gotten her finger stuck in the wheel of a pull toy, and 4) bonked herself in the face with Daddy's keys, which make a splendid rattle. All before her first nap. I can't wait to see what the afternoon holds.

Now some of you might be thinking, "What negligent parents!" You either recognize the aforementioned events as normal perils associated with graduating from babyhood to toddlerhood, or you think these minor injuries are the result of parental negligence. If the former, you are correct and discerning. If the latter, well, phooey on you.

Addendum: While I was typing this, Elise crawled under swing and tried to stand up, which resulted in not only hitting her head on the bottom of the swing, but also in the swing swinging and coming back to hit her in the head a second time. Maybe being indoors today is a bad idea.


Beth said...

F still does that with the swing all the time; at least she's learned to anticipate and accept it and doesn't cry anymore!

On Sunday we went down to our car to find the doors unlocked and the trunk open. F is no longer allowed to play with our keys.

janenetindall said...

I shouldn't be laughing, but I am. I'd like to think that when I have kids, I'll still be laughing, even if I'm crying at the same time. :)

I think perhaps that anyone that thinks you are a horrible negligent mother probably has never spent the day with a mobile infant...