Wednesday, October 22, 2008

That's Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn is, by far, my most "physical" and, let's face it, assertive child. From very early on she could navigate stairs safely. And bossed her siblings around. She makes SURE her wishes are known (and doesn't always require words.) Her first words in fact were "no" and "iwanit" (or translated, "I want it.") She is a sweetie, but don't be fooled, this kid is also one tough cookie.

And at 19 months old, she has decided she's done with her crib. Done. D-O-N-E done.

Two weeks ago we'd put her down to sleep, and the next morning she'd somehow managed to heave herself over the side (the crib is at its lowest setting, too) to come happily wake us up. At 5 am. Over the next week or so, we kept putting her back in, but then she ended up with nasty bruises on her legs from her maneuvers to get out. Lovely.

So now she's sleeping on her crib mattress, on the floor in her sister's room. Wich equates to us putting her down for bed at night, only to make multiple trips back downstairs to put her back to bed. Because she keeps.getting.up.

But that's just Kaitlyn. And we say that a lot. To explain, for example, why when she tired of riding on the old-fashioned merry-go-round at the park, she just up and decided to fling herself off while it was still moving. And didn't really care. Just brushed herself off and dashed away to go conquer another part of her world.

Because the girl has ideas, and she's tough as nails. And I really, really love it.


Cat and Mark said...

Wow. She'd really get along with my 2 year old. They could compare bruises. And notes on the best way to get their older siblings to do exactly what they want...

Heather said...

I have one like that... she's 10 now. Luckily she has parlayed all of that toughness into some pretty incredible (albeit expensive) gymnastics.... hey, at least she lands on mats there!!


Mike and Rachel said...

What a little fire cracker!!! I cannot wait to see her in action.

joy said...

maybe it's the pigtails? i which case, i better stop fixing esther's hair that way!

Joanie said...

Wow, I have never heard of flying off the carousel. I guess she's not the only one on a wild ride!

I'm reading a book that calls this independent-mindedness "research," as in the toddlers are researching just how far they can go with our limits and boundaries!

I just love how all of your kids have that sparkle in their eye. They know who they are, and that's a good thing.

Christy said...

I am laughing out loud at this one! You keep it up, lil girl!


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