Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Proof my son is becoming a toddler


Don't let that innocent face fool you. He may still look like a baby, but underneath, the heart of an emerging toddler lurks. I've read several blogs talking about boys and the mischief they can cause. I've secretly sat back and laughed, because my baby boy has been so sweet and mellow and not into impishness of any kind. Now I get to eat my words (or my secret laughs) because Cam is turning into a little rogue. Today I bring you proof Camden is turning from baby to toddler.

1. I think he likes to see how many outfits he can get me to change. Now that
Poop-a-Palooza has slowed down, I don't change outfits near as often as I used to. Of course Cam has noticed this and must have come up with a plan to increase my laundry again. On Sunday, after spitting up all over his outfit at church and coming home early to change him, Camden took his nice clean outfit, which he had been wearing for no more than 20 minutes, and crawled over to the dog's water dish while I was getting lunch. He put a hand on either side of the bowl and lapped the water up like a dog. I laughed and then I turned my back on him for a brief moment. He took that moment to overturn the water bowl and splash in the water. Which lead to me changing his outfit again.

2. Yesterday I went to change Camden's wet diaper. As soon as I got the diaper off, he flipped over and crawled off. I laughed for a minute because he does have the cutest lil nakie bum. He crawled over to the vacuum, turned and laughed at me, and then peed on the floor.

3. Cam has developed a way to let us know what he thinks of the food we're giving him. If he's either a) bored with a food, b) full, or c)doesn't like a food, he spits it at us. Repeatedly until he gets the offending food out of his mouth. We're getting used to being covered in spit food on a regular basis. I've even learned to take my glasses off before feeding him so they don't get speckled with little dots.

4. If spitting the food doesn't work, Camden has another method for removing the poison we tried to feed him. Give it to the dog! Wait until Mom or Dad has their back turned, and then feed the puppy. It works superbly!

5. Camden has learned we keep the pacifiers by his bed on a little stand. He will stand up in his crib, reach over his crib bumper to the stand, grab the extra paci's, and then use them to bang against the side of the crib. It makes a lovely ruckus, especially at 5:30 am (the time he has woken the past five mornings).

6. Camden is learning to undress himself. He tries very hard to pull his arms out of the sleeves of his shirt and yesterday he figured out that if he rips at the tabs on his diaper, it will open and he can have his favorite play toy back. I fear for what will happen when he perfects the getting naked routine.

7. Camden loves it when we tell him no. Apparently it means do it more or see how far you can push it. He'll crawl over to something he shouldn't touch, such as a plant or one of Dad's 10 million chess sets. And he'll look at us, smile that innocent smile, and turn back to the forbidden item. We'll tell him "Stop" or "Off limits" and he'll laugh and inch his hand closer and closer. This goes on for a few minutes until he can't stand it anymore and he just grabs the item his heart desires. On Sunday (after the water incident and the 2nd outfit of the day) this involved overturning a plant when Mom once again was in another room.

I realize more and more that the fun is just beginning. My little baby is being replaced with a toddler. It's so much fun to watch him grow and learn, but I miss those innocent baby days where the only trouble he could cause was to poop through another outfit.

26 comments:

smartmama said...

yep we have mastered the flip out of the diaper and crawl away during pants time here

Cat Lady said...

My 10 month old can do the flip and crawl during diaper changes too! They grow up too fast.

Stacy said...

Oh I just LOVE boys!!! You are in for a BUSY and FUN ride! My 1yo RUNS away with a naked bum... THAT is fun to watch!
BTW - Cam is ADORABLE!!!

Goslyn said...

Apparently, Cam has been taking lessons from Tom. I laughed out loud at the bits about the diaper and the dogs water.

We actually baby gated the room where we keep the dog's bowls, because Tom will not leave them alone. Now he crawls over to the baby gate and howls because he can't splash in the water.

Also, he won't leave the dog's rawhide bone alone. It is nasty. But he takes it and tries to chew it all. the. time. Yuck.

Enjoy! Loved the post.

shannon from rocks in my dryer said...

Ah, yes, the boy mischief is beginning. It only gets funnier and funnier...

Nutella said...

I loved this post! He is so naughty and cute at the same time! I can't wait to get one of my own.

Dawnyel said...

What cute baby boy hasn't turned into a raging toddler?? It's fun, but not necessarily when you are going thru it! Those pics were adorable!! All I have left to say is: Welcome to the club! :D

LynAnne said...

Awwww, that cute face sure is deceiving! Do tell, though - what brand of diapers did you find to dam the poops?

scrapaholic said...

hahaha...I can relate! My son has figured out the undressing himself thing too...he always goes to bed with jammies on, and in the morning when I get him up he is down to the diaper. Thankfully not down to nothing! He LOVES to runaway during diaper changing time too!

GiBee said...

No!!! Stop it, stop it, stop it... you're scaring me! I'm not listening... lalalalalalalalalalala

Sigh -- I guess I can't deny it any more... my little baby WILL become a todler soon too.

Thanks a lot! Ummm, err... I mean ... thank you ever so much for the lovely reminder.

NOT!

Maine Mom said...

Great post! My son has been waking up at 5:30am as well, what is up with that?
Love the pictures!

Kristen said...

ROFL! Ahh...Camden. You sound like the perfect toddler to me. Rachelle, you were right: the fun is JUST beginning! LOL!!

emlouisa said...

The fun has only just begun! Yesterday my toddler stuffed a Jello Jiggler down a central vacuum plug in our hall. I can't reach it and we don't have a central vac! Either ants are going to take care of it (yay) or the next person that owns this house is going to wonder why that particular plug doesn't work. lol

Sheri said...

Well, it's a good thing he's so dang cute!!! And yes, the fun is just beginning.

mommy to four j's said...

My son is so like that he is almost sixteen months. He crawls away when I change him.He throws his food off of his tray just the other day I was telling my husband that I miss the innocent days. H e is also starting to scream and throw little fits.
Char

Heather from One Woman's World said...

Doesn't it just blow your mind how fast they grow?!

Lei said...

Brace yourself, Rachelle... the ride has just beguuuuuuuuun!!!

ShelahBooksIt said...

Watch out! The terrible twos start at one.

Meemer said...

I wish I could go back, it only gets worse... fortunatly it gets better too.

Carrie said...

That all sounds so very familiar. He has struck toddlerhood! Good luck.:) He also sound extremely cute.

Crazy and lovin' it said...

OH the blasted Dog water!! The home of all toys bread crust and orange peels at our house. It is like a small private swimming pool.

Taffi said...

ROFL... I love it!

Kimmy said...

Yup! He's all boy. And it's just the beginning ;)

Angela said...

Ohhhhh! You're right - this is so just the beginning! Yes, that is an evil laugh you hear....and yes, it's coming from me. He is so dang cute....those are the ones you have to look out for!

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Diana - Teacher Mom said...

I thought cleaning up after a messy poop was frustrating enough. Are these the type of things that I really have to look forward too? Yikes!