La La La, I’m not listening.

by statia on April 17, 2008

The Mini and I headed down to Baltimore to stay with Suzie, Tim and Josie. It’s funny, they only live in the same state as us, but people don’t realize that, while it’s not California, it’s a pretty damn big state, and they still live about six hours away. Since it’s only about a two and a half hour drive to Baltimore and I’ve been wanting to take the Mini to the National Aquarium anyway, I hopped in the car.

First of all, a hearty flip of the bird to the aquarium for not allowing strollers. It had been years since I’d been to the aquarium and the last time I went, it wasn’t like I paid attention to that little detail. I obviously had no reason to, and I completely understand why they don’t allow strollers. What, with their crazy series of escalators and ramps to navigate, but did they ever give a second thought to the parents who have to carry around their 24lb toddler, who still walks like a drunk and doesn’t pay attention to anything but his own two feet? Yeah, that might be an activity better suited for a time when he actually doesn’t ignore me when I call his name, and understands that holding my hand in public is NOT an option.

It’s funny how toddlerhood seems to come in like a storm. The last time I saw Josie bear, she was this little sweet thing who loved to give hugs and sit in my lap. Now she’s such a little person, complete with opinions and demands. “Screw you and your hug, lady, and get that kid off the stairs.” And most parents of toddlers will apologize, but honestly, once I realized I wanted kids, it seemed to not bother me as much and when you have one of your own, you really don’t think twice about it. You know you’re next in line. And a demanding toddler, is just part of the deal. Just like changing diapers, and puke. Sure, it tests every last ounce of patience you have, but sometimes, it’s also really funny, and it’s hard not to laugh at them, especially when they’re screaming because you won’t let them play with the jagged glass and crazy glue.

The Mini is showing signs of impending toddlerhood on a daily basis. Like any parent, I worry about his development, and because he’s my first, I had no idea what to expect. I thought he’d be asking for the keys to the car when he hit a year old. He’s still very much a baby, and even though he can sign, his communication skills are still clearly lacking, choosing to whine and cry when I say something that he wants.

Over the last couple of days, though, I realize that he understands a lot more than he wants us to realize, and that he thinks he’s amusing when he pushes buttons. This was great with a toddler that did.not.want.to.be.touched.EVER! While we were in Baltimore, he had Josie, accompany him in the back seat. The Mini reached over and stroked the J-Bear’s hand. Cute right? Not to Josie. He thought her reaction was amusing, but instead of laughing, would casually ignore her and pretend to play while he reached over with the other hand and would stroke her arm.

This kid is going to be such a ball buster when he actually can talk.

{ 5 comments }

electriclady April 17, 2008 at 10:37 am

Who needs to talk when you can fuck with people without words?

MsPrufrock April 17, 2008 at 11:13 am

Ok, I may have been living in another country for the past six years, but last time I checked the state which you inhabit does not also house the city of Baltimore. I am bursting my turd brain trying to figure out what you’re talking about here. They live on the other side of the state, but where does Baltimore come in?

Anyway, I miss the aquarium, and we intentionally didn’t go last time we were in the States because of the no-stroller policy. My kid hates to be picked up for extended periods of time, but I sure as fuck don’t fancy chasing the wee mite around a bloody aquarium either.

Jenn April 17, 2008 at 9:15 pm

Dude. You were in Baltimore and didn’t tell me? I’m like 20 mins from the Effing Aquariuam, not that I would have gone because I KNEW about the stroller rule.

becky April 18, 2008 at 5:06 pm

i’ve read that they’ll have around 10-20 words anywhere from 15-20 months. of course, now i can’t find it! i could have sworn i heard something about 20 words by 20 months is a good place to be. if i find it again, i’ll let you know.

jesser April 20, 2008 at 8:37 pm

Seriously?!? No strollers? WTF? At the aquarium? That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.

Damn it’s hard to dicipline when their misbehavior just cracks you up. It is all about pushing boundaries with them, I swear.

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