Help! My Baby Keeps Trying to Escape & Other Stories…

My youngest daughter is 13 months old now. She has always been a fantastic baby – she slept through from 4 months, she has always self-settled herself to sleep, she loves her food and she has never cried incessantly for no reason. In fact, she has been so good that I duped myself into thinking that this whole 3 children thing was going to be easier than I had first thought. 

I. Was. Wrong.

Miss 1 is now pretty much fully mobile. As such, she is a law unto herself.  She has taken a fancy to the front screen door and if there is the slightest chance that it may be open, off she scoots as fast as her plump little legs can carry her.  Her favourite destination is the front verandah where she crawls from one end to the other, looking perilously close to falling off the edge, before retreating and, instead, finding something unsuitable to chew on!

On the weekend she actually managed to escape, undetected, and we found her (after frantic, frantic searching) standing happily in the sunshine on our front lawn. Now, how she got off that verandah without hurting herself I’ll never know, but she was certainly pleased with her efforts…pity we couldn’t share her joy as we were still feeling rather inadequate after letting her out of our sights! Needless to say we have all taken far more care when closing the front screen door ever since….

My daughter is also hugely enjoying nappy changing time – unfortunately I am not sharing her new found joy.  I have now come to dread it.  She doesn’t stay still (particularly when we’re changing number 2s…) and I seem to always be chasing her which is not much fun when said number 2 is in danger of going everywhere! But my little cheeky-chops thinks it is all a fabulous game and just giggles away while I try my best to clean things up…

Have I also mentioned her obsession with the toilet? And her ongoing need to put random objects in the bowl? Or her penchant for finding her brother’s books and ripping the pages? Oh, and her habit of playing with her sister’s pony figurines, especially when they have been lovingly placed for play?  Oh the joys of the toddler years, I had forgotten just how manic and frustrating and full-on they can be!

So, my unrealistic dream of easily handling 3 children has been dashed but, instead, I can look forward to seeing my baby grow into a cheeky, happy and inquisitive toddler.  I just hope we can all survive the transformation!

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10 Responses

  1. I remember those days! My son is now 2 1/2 and he USED to be into absolutely everything! Generally her mile-a-minute ways should slow down in a little while… (hopefully) 😉

    Found you via SITS!

    • admin says:

      Thanks Alana! I guess I am just amazed that I forgot about this stage – my older kids are 7 and 5 so we haven’ had a rampaging toddler for a few years now. I was lulled into thinking she would always be easy – and, you know, she is an easy baby but there is not such thing as an easy toddler! I will continue to post her exploits as she gets older, should be lots of fodder for more blog posts there!!!! Thanks again for taking the time to read and leave a comment here, I really do appreciate it!

  2. kp says:

    I don’t think parenting any number of children could be called “easy,” but it sure is rewarding! Well, maybe not the “number 2s”…
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    • admin says:

      Easy probably wasn’t the best word but I was definitely lulled into thinking having 3 kids wasn’t as bad as others had made out! They are definitely rewarding and funny and the best things that have ever happened to me – I may complain at times but I wouldn’t trade them for anything! And you’re right about the number 2s, never, ever rewarding!!!!

  3. She'sWrite says:

    Wow, I can only imagine how your heart stopped when you realized that your little one had snuck out. I love how you take a positive approach to the changes in her as she’s getting older and exploring/defining her independence. 🙂
    She’sWrite recently posted..Reveling In My Land Of Nod

    • admin says:

      Yes, there was a definite moment of panic when we realized she wasn’t in the house…but she was so pleased with herself that I had to smile when we finally found her! I am trying to be more positive with everything these days (having battled depression in the past) but I am genuinely looking forward to seeing how my little one grows and develops, it should be fun!

  4. Visiting from SITS. My little one is 14monhts and is every bit of a hand full. He has now developed a habit of sticking his hand in his diaper, constantly. Oh, did I mention he figured out how to take his diaper off? I wrote a post about it a week or so ago. I feel your pain.

    • admin says:

      Hi Feyella, just caught up with some of your posts this evening, you have been really busy at SITS! Thanks for stopping by and yes, our babies are certainly becoming more of their own little selves lately, aren’t they! It should be a fun ride!

  5. MultipleMum says:

    She sounds like she is heaps of fun! Other people’s toddlers are always fun. Having the little Houdinis yourself isn’t so much! Thanks for Rewinding x

    • Kirsty says:

      That’s the great irony of toddlerhood, isn’t it? She’s very cheeky and now almost running around so she’s even harder to keep up with…but I love her to bits and she always makes me laugh! Loved rewinding again, thanks for hosting!

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