Monday, August 20, 2007

Ups and Downs

Isn't this just every mother's dream?? Now when someone asks how the kids are and I say they're "climbing the walls," it'll be for real! I have proof! And I'm serious when I say I'm proud of them. Isn't it great? I mean besides the fact my trim isn't on the door frame.

My oldest son, Connor, asked me a question the other day. "Mom, do you like superheroes or barbies better?"

This may appear to be an innocent question, but I knew I had to handle it with delicate honesty. After a few moments of thought I replied, "well, when I was a little girl, I used to play with barbies. But then I grew up, got married and had three boys who love superheroes, so now I like superheroes, too." He just beamed.

Also, my baby started walking last week. It's like he grew up overnight. All of a sudden my sweet, cuddly boy has decided to become independent. He no longer crawls anywhere. If he falls, he gets back up and goes again. It's soooo cute and he's soooo proud of himself. He's become quite the little man.

However, his pride was a little stung this evening when he took his first tumble down the stairs. I have tried explaining that if he plays on the stairs he's going to get hurt, but he's a determined little guy and I learned after my second son, Benen, that you just have to let go. So, I choose not to look. When he's going down the stairs, I turn away so I don't have to watch what appears to be an Evil Knievel stunt.

Anyway, this evening he was sitting on the stairs and his blanket was on the step below him. He leaned waaaaaay over to get it and lost his balance. He gently slid down four steps on his nose and landed in the porch on his forehead. No harm done, it didn't even leave a mark. But it shook him up. I had been watching him and told him no less than five times to "turn around backwards," which he understands. He just didn't want to listen. The tears were few and before a minute had passed he was on his way....downstairs, going backwards.


Jen said...

Oh my gosh! They are so cute! Hope you are well - just swinging by to say Hello! Take care!!

Becky said...

Hi Shauna, it's Becky from Gists house of Gab. Your boys are really cute. My older son does that exact same thing in our laundry room doorway! Must be a boy thing. I know the feeling of looking at your baby and thinking, "Where did the time go?" My toddler doesn't look or act like a baby anymore, either, and it seems impossible that it's been almost 2 years since I had him! :-( Love your blog, btw.

Shauna said...

Jen, thanks for stopping by. I certainly think they're cute, but then, I'm biased...and love it. ;-)

Becky, they grow up too fast, don't they? My baby boy, Kolten, is now 18 months old. I can't believe the time has passed so quickly. He's becoming such a little man. :-( On the bright side, I'm seeing the end of diapers in the not-so-distant future!

Jenster said...

I LOVE the pictures!!! Those are great!!

So were you as relaxed with your Connor as you are your baby? I would have done the same thing as you, but I was just curious. :o)

Shauna said...

Jenster, oh no, I was't that relaxed with Connor. I was so uptight, I earned the nickname Sargeant Major. And I can't dispute it. LOL! If Connor fell, I was racing to pick him up, concern overflowing. My second boy, Benen, broke me of that. LOL! And now I'm much more relaxed. You can see Benen in the picture, legs stretched out as far as he can, determined to climb the wall because his big brother did. I'm not as strict with my discipline anymore either. I've learned not to sweat the small stuff. Kids aren't perfect and I can't expect them to be. ;-)

Travis Erwin said...

Looks like you got two superheros yourself. Won't be long and the little one will be right up there with them.

Jenster said...

Taylor looked at these pictures with me this morning and he was extremely impressed. Especially with Benen because he just fits perfectly.


angela said...

Lauren mastered the fireman pole at the park today. It was a proud moment, so I can relate to you...and you know how I relate to your boys;)

angela said...

My son loves the pictures, too.