Things are starting to disappear around the house and the suspects are extremely limited. So far, the prime suspect in these thefts is someone named Maddie.
The good thing about these thefts is that the suspect is usually more than happy to produce the missing items upon request.
In just the past two days, my keys have disappeared into thin air twice. After a pair of exhaustive searches, I asked my 16-month-old daughter if I could have my keys. In both cases, she left the room and returned with the missing keys.
Today however, was a different story. My phone was missing in action early this morning and I was sure I had misplaced it. Maddie and I met her grandparents out for lunch. The whole drive I tried to remember where I might have left the phone.
When Maddie and I got home early in the afternoon, I set her loose to play in the house. At some point, she wandered back to her room and I thought nothing of it. Three minutes later she was wandering down the hall with my phone to her ear.
Obviously I had loaned it to her earlier that morning and she just forgot to give it back.
I slid my phone deep onto the kitchen counter where she couldn’t reach it and I could find it later.
About an hour later, it was naptime for the Mad Madster. I scooped Maddie up and took her back to her room for a quick diaper change. Once that was done, I was ready to put her to bed.
I picked Maddie up and as I went to lay her down, I noticed that my blackberry was already waiting for her in the crib. Really?????
Maddie is not a cup is half full kind of girl. She does everything with gusto and drinking from a cup without a lid is no exception.
The key is to put very little liquid in any cup. But once Maddie has wrested control of any container, all bets are off.
No matter how liquid is in the cup, she starts with a gentle tilt and then goes fully vertical. It doesn’t matter if she’s getting the last drop or water-boarding herself, the cup must be purged of all its contents.
I went out and got 4 little plastic Thomas the Train cups that are about 4 ounces each. While we eat lunch, I transfer scant amounts of liquid into her cup for our drinking practice sessions.
There are plenty of ups and downs, but for now we are using the drinking game as a learning tool. I have no doubt that Maddie is already an accomplished and proficient drinker, but she’s also determined that I will have to work for it before she is ready to share her new found skill with me.
One step into the pool and I had my confirmation – the water was chilly – but was it too cold for Maddie? The baby was kicking like crazy and obviously wanted a sample. I lowered her into the water and as usual, she only wanted more.
It turned out that the water really wasn’t too bad. We meandered around the pool and after a while, Maddie was ready for her personal flotation device. She hopped in and it was all systems go. With Maddie’s churning legs, she got us up to about 40 mph. The casual observer must have thought we were racing around in a hydrofoil because of the 30-foot wake coming off of Maddie’s floatie.
Soon it was time to set her free and watch her explore on her own. Unfortunately, Maddie took this as an invitation drink and be merry. The only problem is that we don’t want the baby drinking and driving. As a matter of fact, we don’t want her drinking any water that comes out of the pool.
Unfortunately, there was no distracting her from this task. The more I interrupted her, the more she fought and clawed to drink the pool water. After about ten minutes, I realized that there was no way to sidetrack this obsession. So how do we convince Maddie that the pool is not a glorified fountain drink?
For now, we will have to keep plugging away until we find a solution to Maddie’s strange cravings. Of course it won’t stop us from going to the pool, but it’s nice of our little girl to add another twist to our rest and relaxation efforts.