there is a little tornado that sweeps through my house on a daily basis.
i try my best to stay one step ahead of her, pick up as we go, replace "undesirables" with "baby friendlies"...
but, i am not always successful.
case in point:
a box of tissues. an innocent box of tissues.
big people don't see the appeal and awe that the tissue box brings.
baby people see an amazing opportunity to put fine motor skills to use.
(or something like that)
as soon a i saw this
mess explored territory i sighed, rolled my eyes, thought about a new and out of reach place that we could put the tissue box. and then i laughed. hysterically. and couldn't stop laughing for about the next 20 minutes.
i laughed because once layla realized that i noticed what she had done she was so pleased, excited, happy and she wanted to share with me what she had found. so she laughed too.
(noticing me laughing, thinking about it, sharing her goodies)
(laughing, more laughing, holy cow this was funny)
(she really wanted to share her tissue)
after a few minutes (i know i said 20 minutes earlier, but it was more like a few...sorry) of amazing laughter she sat down to continue to play with her tissue.
when layla plays with a tissue it means ripping it to shreds and attempting to eat it every time momma turns her head.
i never turned my head.
i asked her to smile for me and this is what she did:
she's such a ham.
and at some point she lost a sock. it's probably in her toy box...
i should know how amazing these little messes are for her.
i worked with toddlers for years and i told parents day after day that every mess, every dirt covered dress, every misplaced remote control is a learning experience for their child. it's an opportunity for the child to discover and explore. they need limits but they also need to not have their creativity crushed.
so, the way i see things is this:
i am excited to let her explore. we are loving and dream filled people after all. i am kind of really looking forward to all of the other messes she decides to make in her attempt to discover this big wide world around her.
**if we happen to run out of tissues, i might alter my thoughts a bit...but we'll talk then** :)