sweeping generalizations

Karis is officially crawling now. At six months, this is earlier than either of her siblings learned to crawl. To be honest, I'm not that thrilled about the early milestone. I've always loved the stage when babies are old enough to be really playful, and yet young enough to sit where you plant them. She seems to have skipped that phase altogether. Every time I turn around, she is booking it across the room, with her eyeball on some small speck of something that she wants to put in her mouth. And judging from the still-intact Spiderman sticker I discovered in her dirty diaper today, I'm guessing she's succeeding more often than I realize. I've made a note to myself that I need to be more careful, and make sure that I am constantly sweeping the floors to rid them of anything she could eat.


Also seemingly overnight, she learned to feed herself finger foods. She is crazy for the brown rice, and also a fan of the Cheerios. This is yet another stage I don't particularly enjoy - the constant sweeping of the floor to clean up the 75% of the food that didn't make it into her mouth. If I am barefoot (and I am ALWAYS barefoot), I usually have the pleasure of a parasitic cheerio on the bottom of my foot for half the day. Again, making a mental note that I need to sweep more.

Then I started thinking . . .
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I mean, Karis spends all day scouring the floor looking for something to put in her mouth.
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I spend all day cleaning up the stuff that doesn't make it into her mouth.
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Why don't we just cut out the middle man, and let her eat the cheerios straight off the floor? That's an acceptable practice . . . right?

6 comments:

  1. I know you are half joking, but I bought/received a rechargeable kitchen sweeper 4 years ago and I love it. I can get the majority of the gunk off the kitchen floor with that and just need to sweep the edges after dinner. AND your two older kids could totally operate it. Mine was a $30 version sold at Target. I think the brand is Shark.

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  2. I so feel your pain. My six-month-old bypassed the cutie "sit where you put them" stage too. I am not the kind of housekeeper who should have a highly mobile baby. LOL.

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  3. I'll be honest - when my kids haven't been eating much, I have been known to put food on clean parts of the floor to get them to eat it!
    Strangely, it works every time. The only problem is not letting them pick things up off the floor when you're out and about!

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  4. I say it's brilliant. Either go with that or get a dog, or borrow a neighbor's dog... :)

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  5. I vote get a dog. I mean really. You'll have 4 kids. How can you not have a dog? It's not American. Dogs eat what the kids drop. That makes them almost worthwhile all by itself. Just aim for something that doesn't shed much and doesn't HAVE to be walked.

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  6. Well . . . your plan of letting them eat off the floow worked for me when you and your sisters were growing up . . .
    Love, Mom

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