|Expressing that he doesn't want the banana.|
Being a toddler also means not sitting for more than a minute at one time. Mike and I used go to a restaurant and E would be content sitting in his carrier watching the world go by. Now we bring plenty of toys and crayons to keep him occupied but we usually end up taking turns walking him around the restaurant. We're getting more and more take out on those days when we don't feel like cooking.
Mike and I are trying to figure this discipline thing out. It's hard with a 14 month old. I don't want to squash his curiosity or his spirited opinions, but at the same time I want him to learn manners and the proper way to behave. Not to mention some of the "No's" are for his own safety. I also don't want to be the mother that's constantly harping on her child chasing after him yelling "No, no!. That's not fun for either us. Mike actually saw one of those at the library the other day, he said it wasn't pretty.
We do our best to redirect E when he's in the "naughty zone" and remove anything that could possible hurt him. I've learned that childproofing is an ongoing process. We've got some time to figure it out though. Mike and I are settling into this phase because we'll be here for a while and the fun is only beginning.