|photo courtesy of Amanda Brown Photography|
He also brings me many trials to overcome, like patience, and learning that you simply can't cry over spilled milk (or an entire bottle of water on your laptop as the case may be). Yes you read that correctly.
Up until this point in his 18 months of life, he has always clung to my side. He's great with independent play but wants to always be in the same room where I am. Just in the last week or so he has really seemed to grow up a lot. He recently grew a liking to "LaLa" (Elmo) and will actually watch Sesame Street contently for 10 minutes. It has been amazing. I was struck with a mommy moment Friday morning blow drying my hair in our bathroom when I thought about how great it was to be in a phase with him where he was okay to be in another room doing his thing while I did mine. Then I had a "duh mommy" moment when I realized he had been quiet for way too long. Heart started racing, and right on queue he walked in with my empty water bottle, "ba ba". Oh crap. An empty bottle in hand meant that there was a lot of water somewhere in the house. It didn't take long to discover what he was up to during his quiet playtime. He had pulled the kitchen table over to the island, climbed onto it, and dumped the entire bottle of water on my laptop. Awesome.
I quickly took the battery and hard drive out and dried everything out as best as I could. Per my techy geek sweets' instructions, we left it off for several days to fully dry out. It's now been 4 days since the event and when we plugged it in today, there was actually sign of life for a minute but then nada. I think it's a gonner. The laptop was 7 years old and nothing fancy, but all of my pictures are stored on that hard drive so I feel like a lost soul without them right now. I am hoping and praying that when we find a way to transfer the files to an external hard drive that they are retrievable!
Why am I telling you this story? Well primarily for your sympathy... just kidding (kind of), but mostly so that you will understand my delay for the remaining master bedroom tutorials. A tutorial with no pictures is like a boring encyclopedia page. I have also started writing a tutorial for how I re-upholstered the chair I found on KSL with a $10 canvas drop cloth from Home Depot. Get excited, folks.
From my experience I hope that at least one smart mommy out there walks away with more wisdom than I had. Quiet time for a toddler, as peaceful for you as it may seem can only mean catastrophe.