You can finally see your bundles of joy evolving into tiny people, in which we toddlers. When you thought they couldn’t get into anything else, your walking baby dolls are now reaching for things on top of the table, opening cabinets, pulling out drawers and taking out whatever interesting things they find. As they are discovering the world around them, you will truly find entertainment watching them.
Hopefully you took baby proofing serious when they began crawling because it will definitely benefit you now. Though we placed safety locks on drawers and cabinets, baby proofed all power plugs, and placed everything that could be harmful out of reach, they still managed to make a mess. They took absolute advantage of their mobility running from room to room pulling out any and EVERYTHING! As long as it may have taken me to clean up, in a matter of 5 minutes my hard work could be reversed. Initially it drove me CRAZY when my angels would take everything out, but I learned how to tame the tiny tornadoes, only allowing them to take a few things out at a time.
As you can see from the photo, they love my pots and I took full advantage of their interest while I was cooking. Allowing them to play with my pots allotted me more time to cook while enjoying the musical stylings of my little wonders. Of course putting back my pots several times a day can become monotonous, but it’s a small price to pay for peace of mind. If you are a neat freak ( as I once was before children), you must learn how to become somewhat flexible, allowing your toddlers freedom within reason. Toddlers, in my opinion, experience the world by making a mess. Taking things apart, turning things over, putting things in their mouth and even breaking things just to learn more about their surroundings. Luckily toddlers are little sponges, so just as you teach them to operate a toy is the same way you can teach them how to clean up. After watching me clean so much, my daughter takes out the diaper wipes and wipes down all inanimate objects within her reach. It’s actually quite adorable to watch her clean. She’s even gotten her brother interested in cleaning.
Learning to deal with your tiny tornadoes can be difficult in the beginning, but once you learn to operate within chaos, your world will become easier and even amusing (and you thought it couldn’t get any better). As always, enjoy your little marvels. Time flies so enjoy every waking moment.