Well, we are officially in Trouble (notice the capital "T"). Owen figured out how to move around and of COURSE his most desired locations are: anywhere that has a power cord, small object, piece of paper, stick, rock, anything Zoe doesn't want him to have and/or under some low lying structure that could easily scrape up his little head, etc...he's completely mastered the army crawl, and folks, he is FAST. It feels like it's all happened in this last week alone, so it's a big wake up call for us. We didn't really have to do much baby proofing when Zoe got to this stage (but, of course we did because she was our first and we did everything you're SUPPOSED to do), but I'm already envisioning many a "NO, NO, NO DON'T TOUCH, OWEN!!" moments, and I'm sure I'll have to do the ol' finger sweep to retrieve all manner of sticks, stones and pieces of lint from his mouth more times than I can imagine right now. I'm just crossing my fingers that we won't have to do the Heimlich or watch him electrocute himself and we'll have to get those baby gates up at the top and bottom of the stairs ASAP. Here we go!
In Zoe news, she has officially hit the "why" stage. I thought we were in it before, but I was painfully unaware of the intensity and relentlessness of the ACTUAL "why" stage. I know, it's a subject that's discussed and joked about so much that you'd think people would be sick of talking about it, but it's just one of those things that parents will never stop marveling over. When you're not in the "why" stage it seems like one of those "kid things" that is more funny than annoying but I am here to tell you that it is, in fact, EXTREMELY ANNOYING. I will be reading a book to her and this is literally how it will go:
Me: reading "One fish"--
Me: Why what?
Zoe: Why "one fish"?
Me: Well. Just because. "One fish"--that's just how the story starts.
Me: reading "One fish, two fish, red"--
Zoe: Why "Two fish"?
Me: Just because, Zoe. "One fish, two fish"--
Zoe: Why is that one red?
Me: Zoe, just let me read okay?
Zoe: Okay, Mommy.
Me: reading "One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish."
Zoe: Why is that one blue and that one is red?
.....and on and on and on and on....seriously. There are times when all I can say is "I don't even know what you mean. Is that a question? It just IS because it IS. There is no why." and I don't think you'll be at all shocked to know what the next thing out of her mouth is...go ahead and take a wild guess.
.....Deep, cleansing breath.....
Anyway, we made another fun recipe (Tiny Tacos) the other day from Salad People. It was really cute because Zoe totally took the lead since the directions are all in pictures. It's just refried beans, guacamole, cheese and salsa sandwiched between two tortilla chips (you don't even heat anything up), so it was super easy for her to make them all by herself. You could tell she felt really proud of herself for making dinner for us....to top off the cuteness, we discovered at the end of the process that she thought each little "Tiny Taco" was a whole serving and that we'd each just have one! If you enjoy cooking with your kids, you should definitely check out this book...really fun and easy stuff!