It’s happened. Eudora is growing up. Her infant behavior is getting more complex. She’s learning to crawl and explore… and she’s learning to get into things. Some of the things that she likes are the same things that Norton loved.
Both of them love anything to do with my laptop. Eudora wants to pull out the power cable, or she’ll lunge forward to try to type when she’s sitting in my lap. Other times, she’ll slide my laptop desk away. (It’s just a little portable table that I keep in the living room. Nothing heavy duty.)
Today, I told her “no” for the very first time as I took something away from her. She cried.
Of course, I understand that this is age appropriate infant behavior. She’s supposed to object to having things taken away. Up until this point, though, I’ve been able to give her something else and she’s been fine. Of course, up until this point, the only thing that I’ve had to take away was a dryer sheet that she picked up when I was folding laundry on the living room floor. My laptop is far more exciting, I guess, than a dryer sheet.
Now that she’s starting to roam around the house, her little fingers will invariably pick up things that I’d rather they not find. No matter how well I think I’ve childproofed, there will always be something. Maybe it will be one of Norton’s treasured toys (he already freaked out when she was chewing on Pillow). Maybe it will be laundry. Either way, the world is filled with appetizing things for her to chew on that don’t belong in her mouth.
On the bright side, she’s got such a sunny disposition that she doesn’t stay upset for long. That makes it a little easier to cope with the less pleasant aspects of infant behavior.
Have your children ever found a forbidden object particularly fascinating? What was it?