It has been about 2 weeks since the little guy moved in full time with his Mommy. Prior to the move, he would spend an occasional weekend or overnight with Mom and by all accounts seemed to absolutely loved it!
Yes! Like any good grandparents, we concur our baby grand is a very intelligent fella.
In the past when The K Man spent time with Mommy he often returned more determined than ever to exhibit his developing skill and talents, as he strove to be granted total access to...well...everything.
After all, the little guy had just come from his house of dreams...every two year olds' paradise. A place where he was encouraged and applauded for his vast array of navigation and engineering skills. In this Shangri-La for tots, he was allowed to figure out the finer points of cell phone use, remote controls, television tuning, the use and operation of water faucets and light switch's, all while being bathed in a flood of validation and adoration.
Um! Life was Good!
Mr K was the master of all he surveyed...no door was closed to him baby!
More often than not he was applauded, praised or laughed at as he scaled the tallest bar stool and danced a jig on the counter top like some modern day Sir Edmund Hillary, conquering his Everest and planting his flag.
Every new skill acquired was encouraged as proof of his developmental growth and intelligence.
Once the little guy returned to Maw Maw and Paw Paw's house he found himself stymied as his exuberant quest to pretty much do whatever he wanted was quickly squelched.
Oh the mournful wailing cries as he was frequently met with much resistance and little to no applause.
What was wrong with these people?
Didn't we know...couldn't we see that his genius needed to be fed?
Maw Maw and Paw Paw were no fun...and kept puttin those pesky toys in his face as if THAT was any kind of good time.
Apparently our little guy has aspirations to work in the computer field...as the boy quickly ascertains which button opens drawers, reboots and reconfigures any computer, modem or data port. His explorations have forced us to acquire many new skills as well as revisit some old ones.
- Computer key pad replacement
- Fast and fun ways with baby gates
and a personal favorite
- The reemergence and execution of the lost art of string...
or in our case, rubber bands.
Now that our little man has begun spending his days and nights with his mother, these previous acts of genius are proving to be less adorable to her.
My daughter shared concerns with me recently that our baby boy was being more obstinate than normal. Refusing to take 'no' for an answer, getting into her belongings and cupboards, destroying an assortment expensive cosmetics all while reenacting his rendition of Waterworld in her bathroom.
Seems Mr. K has no use for the kiddie toys that litter his bedroom and new home.
No...this little guy is interested bigger and better entertainment.
How did I counsel to my daughter?
Welcome to parenthood!
Life as you previously knew it is changed forever.
On another note:
My K's sister has been addressing her own boundary issues.
Seems her Paw Paw...tired of having his office invaded, used and abused by the wee folk around here, posted a sign on his door stating as much.
The sign read:
A few days later, returning home from a business trip, Mr B found the following posted on Miss Kyra's door:
The Amended and Hijacked Sign
Seems at 5 1/2 we have learned the power of print.
in case you missed it...the 'fine' print.