Life As We Know It…

…is over.

Why?

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’.


7 Comments on “Life As We Know It…”

  1. JenBun says:

    That is SO funny… incredibly frustrating for you, I’m sure, but funny for your blog readers! =)

    You can do it… just 997 years to go!

  2. Molly says:

    997 years isn’t THAT long, right? πŸ˜‰

  3. Melissa says:

    How frustrating – for all of you! And why is it that the little ones always want what the older ones are playing with? My nephews are the same way.

  4. Stephanie says:

    So cute that she’s crawling. You must be a proud papa. πŸ™‚

  5. I love it!! I understand this completely!! this too will pass and hopefullly it will not take over 900 years!! frustrating but it is good times!

    we used to have a piece of tape on the fridge, and it would be how high the twins could get…so above the line it was safe, below the line was fair game!!! the tape is gone, as one will think of how to get up high and the others will do it for him!!! Good Luck! Right there with ya!

  6. Fritz says:

    well at least Aidan is in pre-school, i used to tell my parents that since i didn’t go to pre-school, i never learned how to share…

  7. Chelle says:

    Q: What about the toys in your office? Would you share those with someone else for awhile just to see how the sharing thing feels?

    A: I’ll let play with my eight ball, if you let me play with your easy button.


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