Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Don't fence me in!

Little Joe is now extremely mobile. That's "extreme" as in "extreme sports." As in, crawling at supersonic speeds. As in, hurtling head-first off of the couch or out of the high chair like a diver. As in, pulling himself up to standing in the grocery cart and then grabbing the magazine rack and then, as though that wasn't enough, bouncing up and down, much to the alarm of fellow customers (and myself, although I'm pretty numbed to the fear now). Just trying to keep this kid from seriously hurting himself is a full-time job. You can't stop watching him for a second. Turn around, and the chances are good that you will find him sucking on a power strip. Diaper changes and breastfeeding? More like wrestling matches than anything approaching "bonding."

As you can imagine, it's hard to get anything done with this whirling dervish in the house! Not a whole lot of amazing domestic activity going on these days. The houseplants are withering with neglect. The garden is an overgrown field (we prefer the term "meadow"). My dogs have reverted to characters from The Lord of the Flies. The house? Steve and I take comfort in this study showing that dirtier children are actually healthier children. Based on that reasoning, Joe will grow up to be strong as an ox.

So, most days look like this: work, then come home, carry Joe around a lot, chase Joe around a lot, feed him some solid food, feed myself something (mothers need to eat too!), put Joe to bed, try not to fall asleep while putting Joe to bed, fall asleep anyway, wake up in the middle of the night to brush teeth, wake up (often several times a night) to a crawling, slobbering, smiling baby, go to work ... you get the idea!

It's exhausting, but we are having so much fun.


  1. naked baby alert! wow, those might be the most gorgeous photos of joe yet. could the child BE any more exasperatingly charming?

  2. Oh my, what a beautiful baby! Love that photo of him looking over the barrier. But would it be insensitive to refer to him as "O Big Head?"


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