Now that Molly is a toddler, her personality is really shining through. Really shining. She is a handful. She is also sweet and funny, but I have to keep my eye on her all the time. Porter (especially in hindsight) was not like this at all. He pulled the usual toddler antics, but was generally pretty mellow. Molly likes to get herself involved in everything, and her favorite game (other than pulling unidentifiable items from the garbage can) seems to be gaining elevation however she can. Over the weekend, I found her here:
Yes, she did turn the water on herself. And yes, that is a hair dryer.
The table dancing, I pretty much let slide. No matter what I do with the chairs, she seems to find a way up there. And her balance is remarkably good. But clearly she can't be left alone, even for a minute. As I learned all too well the other day when I left her in the kitchen. This had previously been a fairly safe place for her, but we had gotten a new stove, and I wasn't aware of how easy it was to open. I came back in, and found Molly IN THE OVEN. It wasn't on, and she hadn't managed to close herself in, but good grief, the kitchen is obviously no longer an acceptable place for her to play. I'm curious to see how this all pans out when she gets older. Hopefully there won't be too many stitches.
I'm Cooking: Pasta with Peas, Ham & Parmesan Cheese. This is one of my go-to meals when I want something quick, easy, containing most food groups, that kids and grown-ups will both eat with no whining. I'm watching a couple of extra kids tonight, so we'll see how it goes down.