What She Learned From Her Brother
The Doodle is very fond of her big brother who teaches her many new and creative ways to be in the world.
He teaches her things that shock other people, like how to pick her nose and say “boogie” while wiping the freshly harvested boogie on you. He teaches her how to build forts out of blankets and pillows in the living room. He teaches her how to torture her big sister by asking the Doodle to go and check to see if Bella has a poo-poo, and to do this, the Doodle has to pull down the back of her sister’s pants.
Bubaloo has also taught the Doodle another new trick – how to drink from the tap.
The other night as we were getting ready for bed, the Doodle was in the bathroom brushing her teeth. She was standing alone in the middle of the bathroom floor when I left to go get her room ready.
As I folded back her comforter, closed her blinds and turned on the night lights, I heard the sound of running water in the bathroom. It took me second to make the connection that running water and Doodle alone in the bathroom was not a good combination.
In the 10-20 seconds I had left her unattended, the Doodle had managed to push her stool over to the sink, climb up on it, turn the water on, and take a big gulp of water.
My reaction was a mixture of surprise and horrified astonishment. The Doodle was startled for a second and then burst out in gleeful giggles at having been caught doing something that’s supposed to be off-limits.
The photos below are a reenactment of what I witnessed when I walked in to the bathroom.
It’s pretty cute and awesome that your kid can help themselves to a drink. I’m all for self-sufficiency. I mean, even better, drink the water from the cup that is right beside the tap you just turned on.
What we’re not fans of can been seen down by the tippie toes. The vertically challenged toddler doesn’t have enough height to safely reach the faucet (a down fall of the wall mounted taps) and she has to balance precariously on the edge of the counter. In doing so she pushes on her legs which causes the stool to jut out.
One time she got stranded on the counter. Another she almost fell in the sink. And well, she can’t actually distinguish between the hot and cold taps, and while it takes quite a while for the water
I guess this is a time where safety trumps self-sufficiency in toddlerville. No more tap drinking.