I thought I’d given myself enough time for this post, but once again, I’ve procrastinated. …and by procrastinated, I mean I’ve cleaned, chased babies, did laundry, made meals, and cleaned some more. Hello, I’m last minute Margie from Double the Giggles. I’m so happy to be a new addition to HDYDI, a blog I’ve turned to for multiples advice many times in the past.
As a mom to two very active ‘almost‘ two year old boys, I face many challenges. Daredevil was never something I’d thought I’d have to deal with…well, not just yet, I guess. My little Andrew is very strong and loves to jump, leap, climb and flip. The kid does a better summersault than I did after years of gymnastics class. That’s problem #1. Problem #2 is that my little Wesley is not as coordinated (ahem, bull in China shop) however, has a severe case of the Monkey See, Monkey Do’s.
Insert Band-Aid here.
The boy’s latest feat is the bookshelf in their room. The bookshelf has been stripped of it’s many toys and books (by the boys, themselves) and is now used as a playground toy. Fear not, it’s firmly bolted to the wall. My husband and I have come up with all sorts of innovative baby-proofing in our house, but where does it end? If I tape poster board over the lower shelves to deter climbing, it will only get torn off. The changing table/dresser has already been removed from their room due to climbing… Is it time to remove the bookshelf now, too? Is it crazy to have just beds in their room?
My question to other moms of multiples who have dealt with this is: When saying “Don’t Climb” and/or “Feet on the Floor” don’t work, and your toddlers are determined to climb and jump beyond where it’s considered acceptable (say, at a playground or in a bounce house), what tricks worked for you in keeping them grounded? I have endless kisses for boo-boos, but all these Band-Aids are getting pricey…