At the beginning of his 7th month I decided to do my little exercise again, this time crawling on all fours. Again, not too much potential trouble; we would have to put some foam on the sharp corners but all in all it seemed pretty safe. Besides, he hadn’t been irreparably harmed so far, right?
What I apparently had forgotten to anticipate was that not only would he soon crawl, but also he would start kneeling, sitting up, pulling up, standing… A week after my second round of baby proofing he discovered the lower shelf of the changing table. I came out of the bathroom to find diapers and wipes strewn everywhere, and Man somehow ON the shelf, happily sucking on the end of a tube of diaper rash cream (the crimped end thank goodness). How did he learn this? Am I watching too many Bear Grylls videos with him nearby?
My baby proofing strategy also did not foresee that he would enjoy squeezing into spaces that would be uncomfortable even for a Chihuahua. He loves the space between our shower and sink; he thinks the space next to the refrigerator is fascinating, and he’s practically built a nest in the space between the wall unit and the wall.
His new daily occupation is finding trouble in areas of the house that were unreachable the day before. He recently added to his repertoire of tricks: standing at the dog’s food and water bowl and splashing around; I found this adorable at first, until I realized he liked eating the dog food as much as he enjoyed the splashing. Even today, I looked down to answer a text and by the time I was finished Man had managed to get himself into a cabinet…and pull out the flour…and dump it on the floor… and then make it into a paste in his mouth (maybe he was telling me he was ready for playdough?). I couldn’t help thinking that even after moving it to the third shelf, “Oooops, I thought I had baby proofed that cabinet!”
*Blogger’s note: Incidentally, this is also a good way to find long lost items stuck in random never-seen places within your home.
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