In my ongoing quest to baby proof my apartment there is one thing I have been trying to give Clara. Freedom. I want the entire apartment to be her domain. Apart from crawling inside the stove or the fridge, or putting her finger in a outlet, I want her to be able to go anywhere and do anything.
My mother's biggest piece of parenting advice was "Never say no." I will addend this to "try to never say no." I will have to say "No" if she foils my childproofing of the stove and tries to crawl inside. Seriously. But I have made it okay for Clara to do some things in the apartment that I could try to forbid.
Clara's current favorites are:
1) Pulling out shoes from under our bed and making piles of them all over the floor.
2) Pulling all the stacked diapers off the changing table shelf, and flinging the diapers everywhere.
3) Pulling books off the bookshelf.
4) Opening her one of her drawers and pulling out all of her hats.
5) Pulling open a door on our dresser and pulling out all my stored maternity clothes.
6) Pulling colanders and bowls off a lower shelf in the kitchen and playing with them while I am cooking.
Does it get a little boring putting the books back on the shelf, or re-stacking the diapers? Well, yes. But judging by her laughs and coos and the tiny rebel gleam in her eye, she is having a good time and I can save my "Nos" for bigger, more serious things.