BABY STEPS: Climbing Stage Means More Disciplining | Entertainment

Once Alice starting walking, she started climbing.

Most parents know that this stage is full of heart attacks because you don’t want them to fall and hurt themselves. However, there is only so much baby proofing you can do. That means it turns into the disciplining stage that most parents dread.

You know the period where you say no 547 times a day? I must admit sometimes I got so tired of saying it; I would just grab her off of the couch and put her on the ground. But now that my husband has really enforced it, it seems as though it has been working well.

I know the slacking off part sounds like I am just being a lazy parent, but sometimes I get frustrated especially when my husband is at work two days at a time. Sometimes I just need a break. All you moms out there know what I am talking about.

Alice so far has been testing the waters at least a couple of times a day. She climbs on the couch and then we tell her, “No.” Sometimes she looks at us and starts crying, which seems to show us that she understands what we are saying, but then she goes and does it anyways. This results in us telling her, “No” again and then taking her off the couch.

I always laugh when the nurse at my doctor’s office asks me if I have been exercising. I have an 11-month-old who walks. What do you think is my exercise?

Needless to say, out of all the phases, I won’t be missing the climbing phase. People always say watch out when they start crawling or walking. Well that stuff can be controlled by safety gates. But let me tell you, there is only so much you can do when they start climbing.

In general we have hit the stage where Alice is curious about everything. I’m talking about things that have been there for months and she never paid attention to, but now she does.

The other day, Cody was using the printer and she wanted to touch…

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