A friend once told me that the hardest part about being a family of three was when her daughter started walking and exploring her surroundings. Since our youngest son started exploring and making his mark in our home, I see that she couldn’t have been closer to the truth! We have had to take many safety precautions now that my youngest is on the move!
We have had to gate off all doorways, tie down the kitchen table chairs, lock the refrigerator, fasten all toilet seats closed, remove cat food from its usual location, and most recently, we’ve had to figure out how to handle our little explorer’s discovery of the family Christmas tree!
I find myself shaking my head with a smile on my face most the time. However, this weekend was trial and error with the number of events for our tiny explorer managed to conquer. First, it was the kitchen table chairs, resulting in him sitting criss-cross apple sauce on the table enjoying a beer. He also made his face into his own personal canvas with a dark blue marker. The cat will no longer go within an arms reach of Dean since he tried to rearrange the cats face. The ladder to our bunk beds now lives on the floor. The diaper pail has been removed and now replaced with a taller pail equipped with a lock (nothing like tracking down that dirty diaper he got ahold of and hid while heading to his next exploring location)!
Ah and then there is the tree! At first, I started to panic when our house was suddenly quiet. I called for Dean and started searching the house frantically looking for him. Was he in the shower? NOPE. The closets? NOPE. Upstairs? NOPE. Then I heard it. The dink…dink..dink..dink. Then I saw it, the tree lights…On..OFF..On..OFF! Wouldn’t you know it?! Our little explorer managed to get himself wedged right behind the family Christmas tree! It’s hard to keep a straight face when he is so stinking cute!
In order to keep myself sane, I have resorted to letting things go! It’s OK that the kids picked out the strangest tree at the tree farm. It’s totally cool that my Christmas card looks like a flashback of late 70’s photography. It’s cool if things are not in complete order or don’t look picture perfect. My little explorer has taught me to chill, take a breath, relax, and if all else fails, just put a bag on your head because we are in for a long ride!