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April 03, 2007

They Grow Up So Fast

James Mehring

Last night my father-in-law installed a gate between the dining room and kitchen. It was just the latest move in a game of keep-away we are playing with my now sixteen-month-old daughter. It’s also another example of how she is growing up too fast for Lyn and I.

During the past couple weeks my daughter’s number one objective has been to sneak into the kitchen. Take your eye off her for a second and she will make mad dashes for the forbidden room. It’s been quite a sight as her running form has progressed from something resembling a tipsy Frankenstein into a real baby sprinter. When we keep an eye on her, my daughter will coyly make her way from the living room rug towards the dining room by throwing a ball or toy, and then spring for the kitchen when she thinks we least suspect it. And after a few failed attempts for the kitchen she will turn her attention towards the bathroom or reaching for a doorknob.

The seemingly overnight transformation from stationary baby to kitchen sprinter has caught us off guard. I am still trying to catch up with baby-proofing all the drawers, cabinets, and doors in our house. It doesn’t help that she is extremely curious or downright nosy as well. As soon as the new gate was put up, we tested it out by lifting the latch to open the door…in front of my daughter. Note to self: don’t let daughter see me operate any safety devices. She promptly walked over to the gate and tried to open the latch herself (she put her hand in the right place so we are in trouble once she grows a couple more inches).

I bring all this up not just because with both of us working we are losing ground in doing some of the little things around the house necessary to keep our daughter remains safe. It’s also a sign that Lyn and I aren’t soaking in the daily discoveries and developments that our daughter is making. If either Lyn or I were at home all the time not only would that gate have been up sooner, but we probably wouldn’t have been caught by surprise by the first time she made it to the dishwasher and let out a high-pitched squeal of defiant joy.

It’s also yet another example of how we are starting to genuinely sound like parents. I now catch myself saying things like “time goes by so quickly”, “where did the year go”, “you're getting so big” and other cliché’s I’m sure I rolled my eyes at as a little kid. But it’s all true and it’s bittersweet. It’s amazing to see how much my daughter has grown in what seems like a blink of an eye. It’s gone by so fast. Too fast for our liking.

04:50 PM

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I seriously just blogged about this!! It does go by so fast. I'm having the "baby proofer" come over next week. Good times.

http://selfmademom.net/2007/04/05/the-one-year-old-syndrome/

Posted by: Selfmademom at April 6, 2007 03:23 PM

...But soaking can be such bliss!

Hello James!

I enjoyed your candor about your family's choice of careers and the resulting impact on your little scientist. It sounds like she is struggling to master her world and your love language too. Thinking of my own 2-year old daughter, helps me relate well to your little ones quest for discovery. How powerful it can be for all of you to have your parents involved during this time.

Speaking of the kitchen... our food is much more flavorful because it thrills her to be adding the herbs and spices along with us. Our strategic plan has kept us from needing to child proof anything at all! It has helped us a great deal to develop our master plan around the changes that having a new addition require. We update it as she grows by the way, and have been thrilled at having her fully included in how we live life. The kitchen is just one aspect of this. So thanks so much for the opportunity to reaffirm our win-win strategy. Though parenting is an imperfect artform we are learning to "fail forward". Take care. :)

Adelaide Zindler, B.S. CC

Author of The Frizzamyer Principle,

Pre-school and Family Life Coach,

Motivational Speaker

Posted by: Coach Adelaide at April 11, 2007 02:55 PM


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