The Baby is Thirteen Months Old

There was a little girl, who had a little curl...

There was a little girl, who had a little curl…

James was carrying the baby yesterday and her legs looked so long.

She sits on my lap at the table, or in her high chair, and shovels brown rice and grated carrot and bits of potato pancake (stopping to poke a finger in the sour cream and smear it on her tray) into her mouth.

“Nursing’s just for snacks,” Athena says. “Now she eats real food.”

What happened to our tiny newborn? She’s morphed into a walking almost-talking toddler.

I don't know what you think is important in life but for me, at 13 months old, it's all about communication

I don’t know what you think is important in life but for me, at 13 months old, it’s all about communication

We have a small green statue of the Buddha on our dashboard. James, who likes to pimp out the car in Buddhaware, rubs its pudgy belly for good luck.

This weekend Leone sat on my lap during the state gymnastics meet watching her 11-year-old sister compete. Right before it was Hesperus turn on each event, I rubbed Leone’s belly for good luck.

But. Sitting. Is. So. Distasteful. When there are so many messes to be made, dangers to encounter, and pennies, Legos, and bits of carpet fuzz to put in one’s mouth, why would anyone want to stay still?!

Leone starting walking earlier than her siblings, right before her first birthday. She clomps unevenly around the house, one shoulder up by her ear for balance, arms out. She walks so awkwardly that each foot falls with a thump.

She’s taken 93 steps in a row. Athena counted.

Thirteen favorite activities of a thirteen-month-old:

1. Push the button on the dryer. It goes on!

2. Push the button on the dryer. It goes off!

3. Push the button on the dryer. It goes on!

4. Push the button on the dryer. It goes off!

5. Bother big brother. (”Baby, ouch. Don’t sit on my head!”)

6. Bother big brother’s toys. (”Noooo, Baby! GET AWAY FROM THERE!!)

7. Hold phone up to ear and say, “Hi!” Hold truck up to ear and say, “Hi!” Hold match stick up to ear and say, “Hi!”

8. Try to pull those pesky clear things out of the wall sockets. “Uh, uh, uh.” Almost got it.

9. Find one of those clear things on the ground. Clomp hurriedly to wall socket. Try to put it in the wall socket because that’s where it goes. Why doesn’t it fit?

10. Say “Hi!” to friendly strangers. Hide head if stranger says “Hi!” back.

11. Push the button on the dryer. It goes on!

12. Push the button on the dryer. It goes off!

13. Push the button on the dry–

Wait, wait, don’t pick me up! Waaahh. Can’t you see I’m busy here? Uh. Uh. Uh. I just need to reach that button one more time…

Athena and Etani have nothing to do with this post but I love this photograph

Athena and Etani have nothing to do with this post but I love this photograph

Do you have a toddler? What are some of your baby’s favorite ways of walking into trouble? (and if you’re wondering if you’re crazy because your toddler’s driving you crazy, you can read real-life stories by other parents who have survived the toddler terrain in the book I edited, “Toddler: Real-Life Stories of Those Fickle, Irrational, Urgent, Tiny People We Love” (Seal Press.)


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