Please tell me this phase will soon pass! In the past two months, the bean has become a magnet for injury. Her little legs are covered with bruises all.the.time thanks to her school bus gym. I watch her climb in and out of it and cringe as she slams her shins against the plastic over and over completely unphased. On any given day she has at least one red mark on her cheek or forehead from hitting herself with a book, running into corners and/or falling, and just yesterday she took the skirt off her build-a-bear, tried putting it on herself (it went up as high as her ankles) and attempted to take a step. I think you know what came next… she went down in a flash. The crazy thing is that I was only about 6 feet from her washing a dish when it happened. That’s all it seems to take with this gal – 10 seconds unsupervised. We have baby gates, corner protectors, all plugs are covered and anything breakable is completely out of reach and yet the “owies” somehow manage to happen.
You can kind of see the bruised leggies in this picture.
You can definitely see them in this one. My little ragamuffin.
Growing up, I was such a little lady. I hated getting dirty and if given the choice between making a mud pie or playing with Barbies, the Barbies won every time. My wife on the other hand was 100% tomboy or “outdoorsy” as she would say. I’ve heard stories of her throwing her ballet slippers out the window on the freeway because she did NOT want to be a ballerina, ha! There are also the many stories of her beating up boys for her cousins (in elementary school) and crying anytime she had to wear a dress because it meant that she couldn’t climb trees and wrestle. As I compare me as a kid and the wife when she was younger to Grace, I’m thinking we have a “little Georgia” on our hands and that freaks me out! The bean is constantly climbing the furniture and has no fear when it comes to most things. Her new favorite thing to do is dive face first onto the ground and jump off the couch knowing that we’ll catch her every time. Thankfully, so far we have.
So, to the parents of older kiddos, does this behavior pass? Is there an end in sight? Will my little gal have less bruises any time soon? Please say yes!