|Can you tell he was a little grumpy?|
You might think today is just a regular old Tuesday...and it might be for some people but if you're a monkey it's definitely not just any old day...nope. Today the monkey learned a few things - some of them hard lessons, some important lessons, some life changing lessons, and some fun. What on earth has the monkey done? - might be a question going through your head right about now...well, let me start at the beginning.
Time: Around 8am
What: "Oscar Incident"
Lesson: Life changing and important lessons = Chores
Let me start by saying the monkey loves the garbage can...I don't know why exactly - but he does...maybe it's because he secretly likes to hear the word "No" which is inevitably said every time he attempts to gain access to the garbage. (That just means he either tries to eat the trash bag, lick the garbage can, or pull himself up using the garbage can - which means the entire thing falls on top of him spilling all of the contents onto the monkey and the floor.) This morning however was a little different because it was garbage day and so the trash bag wasn't very full, which meant when my back was turned and he has access to the garbage he went for it...not only did he stand up (using the cabinet I'm thinking) and cruise over to the garbage, but once he got to the garbage can he was able to pull the entire plastic bag out of the can and start to chew on it! Luckily it wasn't full of garbage! But this was when I decided that since he has this attraction to the garbage I might as well start him out with taking the garbage out right? Or is 8 1/2 months too young to start chores?...hm...
Time: Around 10am
Place: Mom and Dad's Bedroom
What: "Mike Teavee" (The kid from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory)
Lesson: Life changing and fun lessons = TV
In our house the tv is rarely on...well unless it's sports - but for the most part when the monkey is awake the tv is rarely on...mainly because I don't want him sitting in front it mesmerized by it (which is what happens if it's on)...I want him to be playing, cruising, crawling, climbing, dancing...pretty much doing anything but watching tv (well maybe not anything - I'd rather he didn't play in the trash...). But even though we don't have the tv on very much, he loves it...I mean there's colors, things move...honestly, what's not to love?! I was getting a couple things together before we headed out this morning and he was over in front of our tv trying to grab and leave fingerprints on the tv - or at least that's what I thought he was trying to do...what he was actually doing was attempting to turn the tv on! Well I should rephrase that because he was successful. I stepped out of the room and all of a sudden I heard talking - and I know Owen isn't talking and I know that that is not his voice...so I step back into the room and he has turned the tv on with the little control buttons on the front of the tv! HOW he knew to do that, I have no idea - but he did...we'll see if it's something he remembers or not...
Time: Around 1pm
What: No Lovin' from the Oven
Lesson: Hard, important, and life changing lessons = Don't Assume
The monkey has been opening and closing the kitchen cabinets for almost 2 weeks now...he also likes to suck on the little round knobs on the door...There are 2 cabinets that he loves to open, (I closed off 2 of the cabinets - the ones under the sink - so he can't open them anymore) one of the cabinets has the water bottles and cutting boards and the other cabinet has the cookie cooling racks. (Ok, so the cabinets have more than that, but those are the things he goes for in them.) He knows how these cabinets open and close...he hasn't shut his fingers/hands in them - he's just that good...so of course when he cruised over to the oven (right next to the cookie cooling rack cabinet) he wasn't expecting it to open the way it did...it came as a sudden surprise when he grabbed onto the handle and it came down toward him and being unprepared he went down...BOOM! (That was the sound of his head hitting the hardwood floor.) I, of course, was not standing over my child I was getting kleenex from the bathroom, so I heard the BOOM followed by crying - it was horrible, the sound...he was fine after being comforted for a few minutes. But the lesson here is definitely "Don't assume just because you know how 1 thing works you know how everything works." I don't think he's actually learned that lesson yet, and so I took my SIL advise and locked the oven door so it won't reoccur on a daily basis (which is probably what would happen...I mean he is only 8 1/2 months old).
This video was taken prior to the oven incident...but it shows you how well he does opening and closing cabinets.
And I'll leave you with the last lesson that he is working on perfecting, but to be honest, it started a couple of days ago - but today he's been practicing for longer amounts of time...it's standing on his own without holding on to anything or leaning up against anything!! I think the longest amount of time he stood completely on his own today was 15 seconds...still too fast for me to get my camera, turn it on and take a picture (I'm sometimes a little slow - especially when I'm sick). I know that in the days to come I'll get a picture of it for you so you can be just as excited as I am about this new stage! For now I have this video where he did stand for a few seconds without support but it's hard to see from the angle...but still he did it!