Sunday, October 24, 2010

Trololo & Bad Parenting

Michael hit "more time out of the womb than in" this week. I'm not sure exactly how significant of a milestone that is, but there you have it. I didn't get a picture of him when we hit it exactly, but here is a picture from this morning. I had failed at getting him to go down for a nap and told DH to take him. He put him on the floor in the living room and the sun was shining in the front door on him and he was playing with his shadow. So happy and excited. Tired parenting turned into good times.

You've probably noticed, but I'm terrible at photography. Luckily other people are pretty good at it. So today we visited our photographer and had his 9 month photos taken. We got to take them outside at this in a very pretty park. I can't wait to see them.

At nearly 9 months we finally installed a baby gate at the top of the stairs. I've been worried that some roaming pack of judgmental moms would discover that I didn't have a baby gate up yet and call CPS on me or something. For the record, he's never gotten anywhere near the stairs on his own and we are pretty big into that thing called "parental supervision".

But props to DH. I think he did a good job on the gate. It's hard to tell from the picture but he did a great job matching the board he screwed into to the post. Bliss is protesting. (The cats can fit through the railing on the side but they can't race each other up the stairs anymore.)

And now for the really bad parenting. You all know that I don't let Michael watch TV, but for some reason I'm ok with showing him the Trololo guy on YouTube. Hey, he's my kid, I get to choose how I want to mess him up. I mean, a few minutes of Trololo can't be any worse than Baby Einstein right?


Celia said...

Trololo is creepy. But then I think Elmo is pretty creepy and I let Peter watch him everyday at 5 30. AKA Mommy is tired and Daddy gets home in 45 minutes. Ugh. 5 30 is poo poo.

Amanda said...

I think he's funny.

Celia said...

That picture is angelic, I think it is my favorite so far.

Michelle said...

It's hard to believe he is that old already. He looks like he's a happy boy though!
I wouldn't have noticed the board to the railing if you didn't mention that. He did a great job with matching it and I think it looks great.
I used baby einstein for really bad nights when K was little. And I was bad...I put it on repeat play and he watched it from my bed in the middle of the night several times. I'll say, that being in and out of sleep with that music and those puppets lead to some really weird dreams.

Chelle said...

I love that pic!

The girls are einstein watchers! Not so much now because they watch, "your baby can read" and baby signing. Elmo too. Sounds like they watch a lot of tv, huh?! not really, but I mix it up when they do. :)

Good Egg Hatched said...

I don't have a gate at the top of the stairs either. There is currently just no way that he will get to the stairs by himself. But I suppose I should install one too, for optics if nothing else. Sigh.

Anonymous said...

That is a great picture! He is adorable. How cute that he was playing with his shadow!

We still don't have a gate at the top of our stairs. We don't let her down on the floor upstairs because it's totally not babyproofed. We have two play areas downstairs - what used to be our dining room has one of those giant 10 panel baby gate yards, and then what used to be our living room is semi babyproofed and piled with pillows and toys and things for climbing on. We are going to be moving in the spring and we really don't want to put a bunch of holes in walls and spend a lot of time and money putting latches on every door and drawer when we will need to do that at the new house in a few months. Hopefully we can manage for the next few months.

I always said I would not let my kids watch tv. I said this as an early childhood educator who saw how tv destroys creative play. I have caved once in a while and will let her watch yo gabba gabba. It is kind of frightening how entranced she gets with it. I can see how parents with the best of intentions end up using tv as a babysitter. If we have had a hard night and I'm desperate for 15 minutes of calmness, I turn it on. I think I'm learning that balance is a good thing.

Sophie said...

BTW, my husband and I have been trying to sing Trololo style for the past few minutes, after watching that awesome performance ;).

Jessica White said...

What a great picture! We don't let A watch tv either (we don't have cable etc) but sometimes I just put Caillou on netflix instant watch, to keep her sitting still while I get dinner done.