Those are the two words I find myself saying ALL the time lately!! (In addition to "No Sir", "No No NO", "Hot, Hot!", and "We don't bite our brother!") The boys are truly experimenting with their climbing skills and showing off how fearless they are... much to Mommy's consternation! =(
Here is the short list of what they have been figuring out how to climb lately...
-Standing up on their Thomas the Train riding toy. Jack likes to put both feet on the seat and stand up with both his arms stretched up high (imagine a gymnast at the end of their routine), which is usually followed up a second or two later by a fall. Will likes to use it to climb up to get to other things (TV, windows, kitchen counter, outside of the stairwell, the couch--which is blocked off by a gate, etc).
-The outside of the stairwell--you know, the little lip on the living room side of the bannister. My boys are convinced that this little stairwell is made just for them.
Mommy and Daddy are determined to teach them the fact that it is NOT for them, and after DAYS of "No Sir", "Get Down", "No No No" and even spankings, our couch has a new home smack dab in front of it. I just had to pick my battles, even if it is a strange place for a couch!
-And the latest... William has figured out how to climb out of his crib. This one does NOT make us happy at all. The boys' cribs were the one safe place I could put them and feel like I could have a break. They only take a morning/midday nap now, but lately I've been putting them in their cribs for 30-45 minutes in the afternoon just to play, chat with each other, rest, and let me have a few minutes to get dinner started. But yesterday's escape just might change that. In five minutes that I wasn't watching the monitor, William somehow climbed out, and when I peeked at the monitor, I could tell his crib was empty. The monitor was quiet, and Jack was just leaning on the side of his crib and looking down, and my heart stopped because I was just sure that Will on the floor hurt. I sprinted up the stairs, into their room, and find William sitting in the corner, surrounded by the contents of an emptied out drawer, waving at me, smiling, and saying "Hi!". He just giggled as I asked him what in the world he was doing. Geesh! He escaped again after we put him to bed last night, this time, saying "Momma" after he climbed out. Justin and I went up and were determined to see how he did it. He was crying because he knew he was caught, but check out this video of him "performing" for us! He didn't go all the way to the ground, but the time before this when we didn't have the camera, he just drops to the ground!
We tried putting a mattress straight on the floor, but then it is below the bottom of the crib rails. So we just decided to put the cribs back flat against the wall to see if that will slow him down a bit, and today he hasn't climbed out again. Jack hasn't climbed out yet, but was sure watching brother carefully and I'm sure will be trying it any day! I also figured out how to connect my monitor to the TV in our living room, so I can keep a close eye on our climbers at all times!
Any suggestions for what to do with climbing toddlers? They're not ready for toddler beds yet, and we're not ready for them both to have complete freedom in the room. AHH! Help!
So that is the latest from these crazy Steiner boys! Many more great, adorable, funny, cute things have happened in the past few weeks, and I'm going to do my best to get a few more blogs up this week! But right now, I have to get myself ready for the next round of craziness that is sure to come when they wake up from their nap! =)