Heaven for a one year old.

IMG_0898So, what is heaven for a one year old?  Is it walking or emptying the cupboards.

This past weekend, John Caleb really started to walk with a few steps in a row.  It still scares him quite a bit, but he tries to do it when he’s not too tired.  He’s probably like most babies that way in that he learns to drop down to his little bum really quickly whenever he feels.

From the perspective of a 39 year old father, what babies really like is places that have just been cleaned up.  In the kitchen, we have the lower end cabinets filled with non-breakable things for this purpose. 

John’s favorite thing to do, besides playing ball, is to empty the lower cupboards.  Here he is with a cupboard that has just been cleaned up.


Take a good look at the clean floor and the cans and jars back where they belong on the shelves, ’cause the it won’t last long.

The lighting here is just the indirect afternoon light coming in the window (while the other boys take a nap).  One thing about having a baby, a todler, and a young boy in the house at the same time is they are rarely sleepy at the same time of day for a nap. 

Thankfully, they do basically get sleepy at the same time in the evening and sleep through the night.

3 Responses

  1. Hey, Matt! This brings back fond memories. I used to do the same thing…just make the lower cabinets and drawers safe, try to keep the floor clean, and let the guys explore. I didn’t even care if they took out the pots and pans. I thought it was all cute and far less stress to just put the breakables away or up high for a few years. Kid friendly homes make everybody happy. 🙂 Rhoda

  2. Hi from all of us in Memphis! I agree with Rhoda, what fun memories of our little ones playing in the kitchen. After all, they want to be near us and we moms spend a lot of time in the kitchen and laundry room (our laundry room happens to be next to the kitchen). Before our girls were born,I remember our next door neighbor’s little boy loved to come play at our house. He had his own cabinets to play “in” here in our kitchen. One time Craig got home from work and noticed Nicholas had been over to play. I wasn’t sure how Craig could know that. It turned out I had missed one of the plastic containers in the floor. Craig knew it was a sign of Nick’s being here. Sweet memories. Nick is now graduated from college. And of course, our little April is in college and Selah not far behind. Love to all, Dorothy Ann

  3. Hi Mateo!!
    I am so excited to see your blog! It is wonderful!! So warm, funny and beautiful!

    I loved seeing the pictures, and have finally succeeded in in getting here – don’t quite know how I finally found this place to write, but hope to again – after we see if it works! 🙂

    I have looked at “Heaven for a One Year Old,” Eagle Release, and Happy Birthday to Me!” They are very special! Thank you for sharing all those musings – just sorry about my illiteracy, and having missed so much. Betty subscribed for me but I’m just not too quick on the trigger!

    The second picture of John Caleb looking over his shoulder while he checks out the cabinet especially looks like John Charles I think! We have just been watching videos of John Charles’ first Christmas, and he does look like John Caleb – which I know will please him! They are going to be 14 and one this week! Amazing to remember being there at this time last year.

    I am running off a copy of this to take John. I know he’ll love it too! We have been wanting pics of John Caleb walking and exploring – of course always love the pics of the other boys, Holly and you!!

    Hugs to all!

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