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Pouring, Pouring and More Pouring

Posted by Kristen on April 9, 2009 at 7:07 AM in KristenNew BabyRaising Boys
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natewater.JPGI know it's developmentally appropriate for a two-year-old to enjoy pouring things and sorting things, but frankly, I'm over it. Wherever he goes, Nathan is pouring. Pouring water from sink to sink. Pouring powdered sports drink mix into his cheerios and then back into the drink mix container. Pouring chocolate chips into the popcorn (which is actually inspiring, yet highly inappropriate for a 7:30 a.m. breakfast). Pouring water over the side of the bathtub.

My mother was here last week and she let him do the dishes in the sink as I slept on the couch. Or should I say, I was totally and completely passed out on the couch from sheer exhaustion. Apparently he poured water from one sink to the other for an hour and twenty minutes. I'm not sure but I think that is equivalent to about a million years in the world of two-year-olds. He was delirious. That's the great thing about grandmothers: they don't mind cleaning up the huge puddles on the floor or changing the outfit three times because the boy was just too wet for his own comfort.

Marmie is gone now and I have resorted to removing all the chairs from the first floor of my house. No chair in front of the computer. No stools in the kitchen. No chairs around the dining room table. It sounds extreme, right? I'll put it in perspective for you. Today I found Nathan trying to reach the counter. He had found a box of pasta and was using it to get just a little bit more height. Now my removal of the chairs doesn't seem so ridiculous, right? He was desperate to get to the sink but I had just spent an hour cleaning the kitchen. I decided to give in and take the kids outside.

One hour, two shovels and a pile of dirt. It wasn't the same as pouring water onto the floor but it will have to do. I think he was happy.


Vanessa writes...

So cute!

You've gotta do what you've gotta do!

Patience writes...

oh the pouring, my lord, the pouring...i feel your pain! luce could spend hours at the sink too! he looks so grown up all the sudden...

nancy writes...

My DD LOVED doing that too. She would say, "can we play floody-flood?" How accurate!

I know you are trying to discourage climbing, but we could not live without The Learning Tower. (I know nothing about THIS company, but we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the learning tower. It was great for DD playing floody-flood at sink. We seriously use it numerous times every day, and have done so since she was a year old.)

Jess writes...

My aunt came over for Christmas and was delighted that she didnt have to untie the kitchen chairs to sit in one.

Honest. Want me to send you really long piece of fabric for your kitchen chairs?

Linni writes...

Teehee! My 2 year old just started pouring bread in a cup with water...and then eating it!!! :-) xx

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