We seem to be quickly approaching toddlerhood in our house. Although Hayden, at 15 months old, isn’t technically “toddling” around yet, he may as well be for all the mischief he’s been getting into these days. Luckily for us, and for him, a good dose of sweetness is mixed in with little fits of temper tantrums and testing of the boundaries. If anything, it keeps us on our toes and gives us funny stories to tell after the kids are all tucked in for the night, because during the naughtiness, it’s definitely no laughing matter. Here are 10 ways Hayden made it on both the “naughty” and “nice” lists last week.
Naughty and Nice
Look at that adorably sweet face. How could it do any wrong? Well click through to find out how this one cute baby can get into a lot of mischief. Fellow mommas of 1 year olds, I’m sure you can fully relate!
Feeding the Dog
Let’s start with the most common of offenders; the feeding of the dog. What is funny about this the most though is, our dog rarely takes the food because she knows she’s not supposed to! He keeps trying and trying though, until the dog usually gives in. At which point he gets upset that the dog ate his food out of his hand. It’s almost as if he’s trying to get the dog in trouble! Naughty little guy.
Throwing Food On the Ground
Hayden is a very good eater, so I can’t complain there. But he routinely throws food on the ground when he’s done with his meal, instead of signing for all done. He had been on a great signing streak, but this past week or so, he’s resorted to grunting his demands, and throwing plenty of good food on the ground before we can catch him. The dog has become his best friend.
Throwing Clean Clothes On the Ground
I guess throwing plenty of good food on the ground wasn’t exciting enough for him, because I also found him throwing a huge pile of clean folded laundry on the ground too! He had crawled away to our room, and all I heard was silence for about a minute. I just knew something was up, and sure enough, I walked in on him laughing (!) as he was tossing my folded laundry on the ground!
Crawling Into the Street
Hayden loves to wait outside and count down the minutes until it’s time to pick up brother and sister from school. Well last week, he crawled right down our walkway and headed to the street. I blocked his way, of course, and said “No, no!”, but he kept persisting. He was hollering and trying to get around me, literally pushing me out of the way, to get to the street. He did not love it when I sternly scolded him though, breaking out into a fit of huge crocodile tears. Sorry, but safety first, buddy!
Screaming Demands at Us
Just after I posted about our moderate success with teaching Hayden sign language, he goes and throws it all out the window, opting for shrieks, grunts and screams to express his demands, wants and needs. In fact as I type this, I can hear him in the other room with my husband screaming at him! It’s gotten quite loud in our house, and by the end of most days, I’m quite honestly so tired of him screaming at me, and I’m tired of repeating “Use your words!” over and over again. This too shall pass, right?
Biting, Biting, Biting
What started as rare occurrences, which were almost laughable, has turned into a full blown habit — Hayden is officially biting. While he is only biting when prompted, mainly when big brother gets too close for comfort or takes toys away from him, it’s biting nonetheless, and we need to nip it in the bud. At this age, we will continue with positive reinforcement, as it always worked with our other two, and keep a close eye on him. We are also working closely with big brother, teaching him how to be a good brother now that baby is getting a will of his own.
Waving & Clapping
While there was plenty of naughtiness last week, there was also plenty of joyful happiness. Hayden continues with his cheerful, social self, and waves to everyone and anyone who will pay him any attention. He waves hello and goodbye, and thoughtfully claps for you when you’re happy or proud. He’s gotten quite good at reading social cues and knows how to express and display all these wonderfully happy emotions! It’s truly a delight to be around.
Hayden’s newest trick is blowing kisses, and boy does he blow them freely and joyfully. And for the record, it is really, really hard to be upset with a baby when he blows you a kiss.
Sleeping Through the Time Change
The majority of the country turned their clocks back last week, and with that came multiple status updates and tweets about how tortured moms across the country were with this fact. Kids were now waking up at 6 and 5 a.m., and one friend even reported a horrible 4:30 a.m. waking. Hayden, however, rolled with it and only woke up early for the first day, and then went right on with the schedule as usual. Thank you very much for that Hayden!
While we may be chasing our tails with this little guy, we are experiencing a ton of joy too, and his overall mild temperament makes even the worst of his tantrums and naughty behavior short lived and easy to forget. This is proving to be a good and bad thing though, because I’m going to have to work really hard to stay consistent with disciplining this little rascal!