Nobody who hasn’t been there understands just how much effort goes into keeping a baby alive when there’s an active toddler in the house. Flora’s three months old in the following vignettes. Cinder? About six weeks short of three years, and the most loving big brother imaginable. Yet their parents are terrified Flora will not make it to her first birthday. Why?
Babies are for wrestling:
J: Why is Flora crying?
C: Because I wrestled her.
J: Did she like it?
C: No, that’s why she’s crying. She’s too little. I’ll try again tomorrow when she’s bigger.
Babies are for jumping on:
J: Cinder, what are you doing?
C: I’m going to build a mountain and jump on Flora.
J: I don’t think that’s a good idea.
C: It is a good idea. Flora said she wants to play with me like that.
Babies love to play leap frog
C: What, mama?
J: You’re stepping on Flora.
C: No, I’m not. I’m playing leap frog, like Franklin and Rabbit.
Brothers like to poke babies
C: Mama, can I poke Flora in the eye?
J: That’s not a good idea. We have to be very careful about eyes.
C: Mama, can I poke Flora in the ear?[etc. Etc.]
J: How about we don’t poke Flora at all?
C: But I like poking Flora.
From Life’s Archives, April 5, 2005.
2012. Poor Flora. She’s going through it all again… with a baby brother. At least this time around, she outweighs him. Although, because I make giant boys and small-boned girls, not by much. Do you have a “But I like poking Flora” story from your toddler/baby life to share with me? I’d love to hear it. Tell me I wasn’t alone with this phase…