Sunday, April 15, 2012

Busy BradyBoy

He is everywhere! 
Brady is into everything and on top of everything and nothing is out of his reach or off limits.  I don't know how I'm going to keep up with all his energy and busyness once Little Monkey is here, I'm barely hanging on as it is.  This pregnant momma is worn out and in pain most of the time from lifting his 26lbs of cuteness and removing him from one room to the next.  Hopefully, Little Monkey will be a new source of entertainment and he'll stay close by more to check out what's going on.  I'm sure we'll manage fine, but I definitely need to Brady-proof alot in the next week.
Brady is a climber, he climbs on-top of the table, over the back of the couch, up the steps, into chairs, up on beds and he's smart enough to figure out how to shuffle things to climb where he needs wants to go.  He pushed a cooler we had in the kitchen over to the cabinets so that he could see what fun things were to be had there, a glass of water, which he spilled.
If the kids leave step stools out he is sure to be brushing his teeth with their tooth brushes in the bathroom or one day last week he was trying to make himself a peanut butter sandwich at the kitchen counter with a butter knife in one hand and the jar of PB in the other.
It's not for lack of supervision, he is very fast and most of the time I'm in the same room with him when he gets into trouble.  We are constantly having the kids check on him and see where he is and what he's into.
He pulled everything out of the bottom drawer in the kitchen, potholders, dish towels and baby bottles, then he climbed into the drawer for a fun place to sit.  Very quickly he realized if he stood in the drawer, he could reach over the kitchen counter and see everything up there.  He is really bad about reaching up on the counter and grabbing things off while standing, my counters are always covered, especially when we are constantly laying things up there to keep out of his sight or grasp.
One day last week, he even reached up and touched a hot pan on the stove.  I have never had any of my kids do that, especially not at 16 months.
He loves to play in the toilet if someone forgets to close the bathroom door, the chances of that happening are very high.  He enjoys dumping out boxes of Uno cards, baskets of coloring pencils, jars of pencils, raking entire shelves clear of books, emptying and dumping whatever he can find.  All things that are easy to keep out of reach and put away, unless you have 3 older siblings continually getting things out and playing.
He loves playing in laundry, clean or dirty he doesn't care.  He throws the laundry around outside of the basket and tries to put it on by draping it around his shoulders.
 He likes wearing Joe's hats for a short, very short, time.  His hair grows so fast and he loves for me to play with it and brush it.  Sometimes he walks up to me and lays his head in my lap, for me to play with his hair.  It's funny, reminds me of a dog wanting to be petted.
He isn't opposed to me cutting his hair, but he certainly doesn't sit still.  I just do the best I can with it and thankfully his hair is very forgiving and grows fast enough that we'll try again soon.
We're at a new transition and it comes just as Little Monkey arrives.  It's going to be a big challenge and time of training, redirecting, disciplining and praying for strength and patience.  I'm already telling myself he won't be in this stage forever and not very long.  I know which stages will soon follow and that makes me content to just deal with today.  I can do this!
He is such a sweet boy, although teething and the desire for independence have made him more testy and vocally disapproving of our interference with his plans.  Thankfully, he loves bedtime and taking naps as much as I love the rest and quietness they bring to our house.
A little part of me is always sad when I know the days are drawing to a close for one of my little ones as "the baby".  I'd be lying if I didn't tell you I think about it every single day and every time I cuddle with him.  He'll soon look like a giant and act 3 times his age to me when Little Monkey is here.  The funny thing is my babies have always handled that transition far better and seemed less phased by their new role than I.  Soon I'll have two babies and how cute they will be together!!


Jillian said...


Missed you all on Saturday for Easter, but hope you are doing well! We will be praying for you all as you welcome a new little one! Take care!

Miranda said...

Thanks Jillian! We missed being there too, I was pretty worn out from our busy week, so we stayed home. We stopped by to visit Grandma on our way to Fort Harrod on Friday and it was really great to see her doing so well!! Hope you all are well too, thanks for the prayers! :) I'll need 'em!

Sarann said...

Wow, you do have your hands full! I'm sure he will be a great big brother!