Life As We Know It…Posted: February 27, 2008
Erin is crawling.
This is fabulous. This is wonderful. This is great stuff. This is what being a parent is all about — watching your child try so hard to do something and then — boom — one day, he/she is doing it.
So why is life as we know it over?
Well, let’s see.
We have to re-kid proof the house. As Aidan got older, we didn’t take the same precautions with some things that we did when he was smaller. And, for the last eight months, we didn’t have to worry about Erin getting anywhere. Now, of course, we do.
But, it’s not just where she’s getting — it’s what she’s doing when she’s there.
And, what’s been amazing to watch is that as soon as she could crawl, she lost all interest in her toys.
She only cares now about getting across the room to where her brother’s things are. And, well, let’s just say he’s not as happy about this crawling thing as we are. Now he’s got someone interested in his territory and in his stuff!
This is an easy way to discover what kind of temper your child really has. And, let me tell you, sweet little Aidan? Yeah, he can bring it.
I didn’t know that sharing was going to be the hardest thing for us to deal with as parents. But, I’ve got to tell you, so far, that’s what it is. I’d rather be having the sex, drugs and alcohol talk right now than doing some of this sharing thing.
It’s soooo hard. I can imagine what it’s like for him. But here’s the way this game is played, he can’t imagine what it’s like for Erin (or for Renee and me, for that matter).
The strange part is, there are moments when he completely gets it and it’s not an issue. But, those are rare. Mostly, he doesn’t want her near her stuff, and he’ll literally drop on the floor and spread his body across a pile of blocks he doesn’t want her to play with.
He used to say that he “wasn’t going to share until he was 10.”
He’s changed his tune — and not for the better.
Now, he says, “I’m not sharing until I’m a thousand.”
And, us? We’re scratching our heads, counting to 10 and being as patient/caring/supportive/nurturing/strong as we possibly can — at least for another 997 years.
What else? I got nothin’.