Crawling, ie why I need to clean my floors more
Fiona has mastered the art of forward motion… I tried hard to keep her stationery with slick hardwood floors, keeping her in socks and pants at all times and generally not encouraging this because as awesome a milestone as this is on paper in reality it means she MOVES now…
Not only does she move, but, she is hell bent on getting her hands/mouth on all the things that have been out of her reach so far like tasty tasty dust bunnies or books or any of the other ‘stuff’ that ends up on the floor. So far she has not outright licked the floor but I know it is coming because the other two did it at one point. So, today’s task is to seriously attack the floors and all small items upon them and for the next who knows how long I’ll have to do a nightly patrol so I don’t end up running interference between her and an old sock. I also need to do something about our 4 sets of stairs. Yes, we have FOUR sets of steps in our house, baby gates were something we did not even think about when we bought the house. The other two were in daycare for the majority of their waking hours but not Fiona, she is here with me and it is my job to keep her from plunging to her death.
On the other hand, Fiona is getting much easier. She sits up in her bath so I don’t need to do everything one handed (other hand under her) anymore. She can pick things up and put them in her mouth and that is a great feeding skill and she is my first kid to actually eat two entire mum-mums at a sitting, the picture above is her chowing on her first sweet potato fry. Fiona also thinks that pulling things out of things is the most grand adventure so all I do all day is restock her baskets of toys and she takes them out again. I read somewhere a long time ago that it is easiest to just have one basket or box of kid stuff per room so there is always something to direct them too. The bigger kids are not so needy like that anymore but they still do love the little basket of ‘mommy room’ or ‘office’ toys because they don’t really ever leave those rooms. This technique also keeps general order because I can toss toys into the nearest bin quickly and every so often go through them and rationalize what goes where to keep sets together. My house isn’t Martha’s house but it is getting better and this tip has helped for years.
Last week, because I knew crawling was coming, I bought a membership for an all natural cleaning stuff company. I’ll reserve judgement until I try the stuff but for the safety of my little mouth monster I need to cut out the chemicals and water can only do so much. Now I need to stop writing and start cleaning unless I plan on keeping her in a pen.