Thursday, July 2, 2009

Braden's Activities

Braden is growing up so fast that it makes my head spin. We have seemingly in days went from tiny fragile baby, to sleepless nights in the living room, to semi sleepless nights in his room, to rolling over, to crawling, to crawling everywhere, to present day where Braden tries to pull up on things. Actually he successfully pulled himself to his feet all by himself for the first time yesterday. We were all pretty excited. Of course he proceeded to topple over right after that.

Braden is going on 8 months now and the world is his playground. He crawls everywhere. If we need some rest, then the cow gate goes up and he stays in the living room. While in there he constantly crawls to every corner of the room. He is always heading for my PS3 which requires us to go over and get him. Then he crawls to the other corner where there is a picture frame on the floor. We haven't decided what to do with it for months so it sits there. Apparently now its purpose is to attract Braden's attention. After that we take him back to the middle of the room again.

Next he crawls over to the gate. He shakes it back in forth and screams Attica! Attica!

Then, tired of all the nonsense, he crawls over to where his mommy is sitting, and grabs her legs. He tries to pull up until he is rescued by his best friend.

This is how it goes if the gate is closed. If you open the gate then the whole house is fair game. Many times he crawls out of the gate and heads straight for his room. He knows that there are plenty of toys in there so off he goes down the long hallway to his own bedroom carnival. Apparently the 100 toys scattered around the other parts of the house are not enough for him.

He doesn't like to be left alone though. If we leave the room he will crawl after us. If we are in the kitchen cooking he is in the Kitchen playing with the magnets on the fridge. If we are in the bathroom he is at least trying to get in there with us. If we go to the bedroom he is in there inspecting our shoes. That boy is everywhere.

I am glad that he is developing at a good rate. I am glad he is learning everything he should be learning. I am glad that he loves us and wants to be with us. I only wish we didn't have to constantly rescue him from danger whether to himself or to highly priced electronics.

What we need is a white padded room for Braden.


Baby News said...

That sounds SO familiar. Ethan started pulling up on things before he really got crawling down. He pulls up on EVERYTHING. The wall, the dressers, the cabinets, Mom and Dad. Everything. There's no stopping him. If I don't get him quick enough after bath, he's crawling out of the bedroom in a doomed attempt at escaping. He's now figured out how to pull up on one cabinet and open the other side. His favorite attraction? Cords. He'll climb under, over, behind, and around to get to a cord. I say, "No, Ethan," in my most authoritative tone and he turns and smiles, then continues on his way until I'm forced to go get him.

Basically, I hear you. On all points! And I'm glad you like the new look...figured it was time for something a little nicer!

surprised mom said...

Not only is Braden getting his exercise, so are you! So much cheaper than the gym, don't you think?
It's been a long time since I've had to chase a baby, but I remember it as clear as it was yesterday. There were some interesting incidents.
The snuggling and hugs when they finally come over to you are best!
He looks adorable as always, but he's looking at you like he wants to know why you're taking his picture instead of getting the block under the table.

Brandy said...

i'm not sure if it's a good thing I read your blog or not. Now I know what I have to look forward - lol.

PJ Mullen said...

I feel your pain, little man has gone from barely walking at 12 months to sprinting at 14 months. Trying to keep him contained in our living room after he had free reign at his grandparents house while we were on vacation was tough. Just when I think I have all the dangerous areas squared away, he teaches me a new lesson. Two more trips to the store for baby safety gear later and I feel a third coming on real soon.

Manic Mommy said...

Gremlin is four and he still follows me, picks things up that he shouldn't, and finds new things to explore. I don't know if my house will ever be 'decorated' as mostly it's just young family central. I guess I like it like that.

JonnyTam13 said...

Is it better for Braden to need a white padded room, or you and Arica? Can't wait til my little one gets to this stage...or can I?

mannequin said...

Oh.... I remember the days of being BoyX's best friend. I must have really changed over the years because now it's only acceptable to pal with mom indoors, where no one can see.

He's now at the age that dictates parents to be socially unacceptable.
Enjoy the ruckus!