Humpty Dumpty Sat On A Wall...
Monkey, Monkey walked to some stairs,
Monkey's Mommy said, "Don't go there!"
Monkey, he tumbled and fell on his head
Mamma kisses—then to the stairs he tread.
The Itsy Bitsy Monkey ran to the flight of stairs.
Slipped on his bum, and tumbled on his hairs.
Run! Goes the Mamma to the wailing sound,
And the Itsy Bitsy Monkey survived to run around.
Oh, I could go on and on, but I'll stop there for your sake. The moral of the story is that Monkey is incredibly adventurous, but that does leave him prone to accidents. (He still has a faint shiny scar on his forehead from three months ago…) Saturday (at the birthday party) he was running around having a grand ol' time, and went over to the stairs. I couldn't see him, so I went over and hauled him back to the group. Later, he went to the stairs again… I figured he was fine, because he's good at stairs, but I went over to fetch him before he went too far out of our view… As soon as I heard "thump THUmp THUD" I started running, and got to the top of the stairs just in time to see him tumble down and land on the landing on his head… OUCH! (Of course, I scooped him up and gave him kisses, then brought him back to the group and gave him some pizza or cheesecake or something.)
Guess where he was 10 minutes later?
We're getting to the stage where Monkey's got more energy than Mamma and Daddy do, at the end of the day… That's sure an adventure! He's also such a boy, and climbs on and over everything he can. Case in point: Monkey playing on the window sill that's flush against the back of the couch.
We haven't been able to protect him from harm in almost a year, when he started getting mobile.* And I wouldn't want to. It'll take several times of tripping over the cats, falling off the couch, and slipping on papers on the floor for him to learn more about the world around him. It's hard to watch him fall off the stairs at the playground, but he'll know better for next time. And that's how I plan on raising a son that knows how to get around in the world.
*Correction: We haven't been able to protect him from harm ever. I'm just glad there aren't any pictures from when he was a couple weeks old and I tripped in the driveway, dropped his carseat on its side (thank goodness he was buckled!), and then fell on it…