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Yay! You’ve got a lively toddler. (Panic face)

Yay! You’ve got a lively toddler. (Panic face)

I’d love to know what the science is behind a baby’s personality. I haven’t got time to skip off to Uni and study psychology, but I’m eager to learn what decides whether your precious bundle of sniffable-cuteness is going to develop into a sit back, chill, absorb the word with your eyes, Snoop Dogg style bubba or a mini Road Runner meets Usain Bolt.

You see, it appears we have the later and I’m curious to know if it’s nature or nurture?

By default, we have lively off spring so this is nothing new,  but I clearly remember wheeling our freshly cooked Baby R down the corridor, in his goldfish bowl crib and onto the ward. Watching him take in his new surroundings and thinking, phew this ones a Snoop Dogg. There were no cries of ‘where the flippin hell am I, take me back I’m scared” moments at all. He just lay there, eyes wide open, chillaxing while I stared back in awe at my latest creation and listened to the other babies’ panic stricken cries. Gloating.

Turns out I was wrong though, In fact I couldn’t have been more wrong if I tried. As soon as our little smiler found he could get from A  to B, or more precisely dog bowl to toilet, he was off. With the blink of an eye our Snoop Dogg dusted down his trainers and was off!

so you have a  lively toddler, yay! come share my sorrow .

Along with a desire to touch & explore everything,  we soon discovered our little Road Runner had an appetite for destruction so intense that most of my day is spent exercising some serious damage limitation. I know his intention isn’t to damage or destroy everything in his path but the reality of life with an inquisitive toddler is that things will be trashed, through no fault of their own.

so you have a lively toddler, yay!
Don’t get me wrong, I love that he’s eager to fill up his neo cortex with as much information as he can, grabbing at life with both hands, and I’m amazed at how he will spend 10 minutes playing with the gate latch, working out how it opens and closes and sticking 2 fingers up at our desperate attempts at home safety.

It’s just bloody hard keeping one step ahead of him!

So fellow owners of a Usain, I hear you! Let’s gather in our smiles (and tears) and relish at the little Tasmainian Devils we’ve produce.

Then rejoice in appreciation of the play pen!

climbing is my favourite, i loce climbing. living with a lively toddler

I’m linking in with Twinkly Tuesday’s
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  1. 22nd July 2015 / 7:45 am

    aw this is totally happening with us too at the moment – pretty chaotic isn’t it? #sharewithme

  2. Ali
    22nd July 2015 / 7:52 am

    This is so my littlest one! He has just turned one and he is everywhere! A complete contrast to my two girls! He can trash the house in a matter of minutes and it is exhausting following him around making sure he doesn’t injure himself on the way!!

    • 22nd July 2015 / 9:41 am

      That must be so hard after two quite ones, at least I’ve always had it, my middle son wasn’t quite so lively but this little one I have now, sheesh!

  3. 22nd July 2015 / 9:02 am

    Ha!! I was so sure I had another Snoop Dogg on my hands with #2 but OH HOW WRONG WAS I! I am wholeheartedly with you in the full on, never stops, climbs everything, talks too much, mega tantrums boat over here. Love it though, my little firecracker never ceases to make me laugh 🙂 #sharewithme

    • 22nd July 2015 / 9:39 am

      Firecracker, I love that! It is fun watching what they get up to though isn’t it.

  4. 22nd July 2015 / 11:44 am

    Gosh those days seem a long time ago, mine are 10 & 15 but they were crazy things too!

    • 22nd July 2015 / 10:00 pm

      I have 11 and 15 year olds and the memories are coming flooding back although I don’t remember them being as destructive as this little chap is!

  5. 22nd July 2015 / 12:44 pm

    Yep, I have the panic face! My little one has just turned one and it’s been clear for a while now that he’s not a sit back and relax kind of child. It makes life more fun though!

    • 22nd July 2015 / 12:51 pm

      It is more fun, seeing how the world is such an exciting place for them is lovely

  6. 22nd July 2015 / 1:18 pm

    Haha my toddler started off like this and now she is 2 is like she is like a blender without a top on every moment. It is CRAZY but comes with a lot of good times, as well as hair tearing too. Hold on for the ride! #sharewithme

  7. 22nd July 2015 / 8:13 pm

    Finn has been a Usain since day 1! He is hard work and exhausting some days but I love his adventurous, confident nature. Our second boy is so chilled but now, at 9 months, I think that this may change. He isn’t crawling yet but I have this feeling that once he is on the move I won’t be able to cope! Loved this post and your pics!

    • 22nd July 2015 / 8:43 pm

      Thanks Amy, I felt lulled into a false sense of security so watch out you don’t fall into that trap!

  8. 22nd July 2015 / 8:29 pm

    Oh yes, this is completely our house at the moment too, chaos everywhere! Littlest especially loves destroying things in the garden, not stick or stone is safe and many flowers have been beheaded! Then there’s the climbing… xx

    • 22nd July 2015 / 8:41 pm

      We have a flower less garden too! And yes anything around a foot high must be climbed, even the dog.

  9. 22nd July 2015 / 8:44 pm

    It’s just amazing isn’t it, just tonight My sunglasses & a box of cotton buds have fallen victim to the toddler. Nothing is safe!

  10. 23rd July 2015 / 12:34 am

    Firstly, bonus points for getting ‘neo cortex’ into a post! Most impressed. Secondly, I too have a mini Road Runner. Tin Box Tot has always been a bit loopy loo. She has no fear, wants to do everything at 100mph and is on the go from dusk ’til dawn. It can be exhausting, but luckily Tin Box Baby seems to be more chilled out. I just hope she has as much personality as her big sister 🙂 #ShareWithMe

    • 27th July 2015 / 2:00 pm

      LOL! I’ve done a few development training courses where I’ve had to learn about the human brain, there was a time when neo cortex was a daily word! At least you don’t have too loopy loo’s to deal with, that would be exhausting!

  11. Emma's Mamma
    25th July 2015 / 10:31 am

    Haha I love this post! My daughter spent the first half of her life stationary. She wouldn’t roll over and once she started sitting up she pretty much just sat. Then, one day, she was off. And she tries to figure everything out. She knows how the lock on the front door works (thankfully she’s neither tall nor strong enough) but some days she says ‘bye bye’ and runs for the door in an attempt to unlock it. So I hear ya sister! 🙂 #bigfatlinky

    • 25th July 2015 / 10:43 pm

      Lol, I love that I’m not the only one who’s got a little one who’s managed to figure out locks. He’s even started to undo the stair gate and closes it behind him as if to keep me safe!

  12. 26th July 2015 / 9:14 am

    This is my eldest but going to nursery and growing older he is much more calmer and slow down the pace!

    • 27th July 2015 / 1:58 pm

      Gosh I hope that’s what’s going to happen with us, even supermarkets are exciting right now but pulling everything off shelves does not make us popular customers!

  13. 26th July 2015 / 11:01 am

    It seems my little one has the powerful combination of his dad’s curiousity with my bull in a china shop disposition. I want to encourage him to explore his environment but we do need to go to soft play for a rest where I can breathe away from the breakables!

    • 26th July 2015 / 2:26 pm

      That makes me feel so much better for my 5 visits to soft play last week, I thought I was the only one who went there for a break!

  14. 28th July 2015 / 9:20 am

    I found mine trying to climb out the bathroom window. He’d got up the toilet seat, onto the cistern then onto the window sil and had opened the window. All while my back was turned checking the temperature of the bath. Tinkers’! Beautiful writing, I really enjoyed the way you write. #twinklytuesdays

    • 10th August 2015 / 5:20 am

      oh my gosh, thats so scary, I have had a few panic moments too. It’s great he’s inquisitive but exhausting too

  15. 28th July 2015 / 5:56 pm

    I am glad that I had my Usain first – my youngest definitely seems a bit more Snoop so far. When I took them to a play group this morning, she actually kept looking round to see where I was. When we first took him to nursery for stay and play, he was like “Laters, mum. Meet you back here in three hours.” and he didn’t look back!
    Good luck !
    x Alice

    • 28th July 2015 / 6:43 pm

      Bless him, it’s great when they are confident enough to go off & explore but I guess that’s the advantage of a usain!

  16. 28th July 2015 / 9:11 pm

    Oi vey! I can relate to this ? I have a 16 month old, who was in th Snoop Dog groupie until recently becoming mates with the Usain Bolt team and now it is 100% go time!
    Great post, Love the photos 🙂

    • 28th July 2015 / 9:59 pm

      Oh no, that must be hard having to adjust. At least it’s the normal kid style for me. I do look longingly at the calm kids and wonder what it’s like though now and then.

  17. Jenny
    29th July 2015 / 3:32 am

    Oh bless you at least it keeps you fit and on your toes running after him all day long on damage control. I hope you have one good baby proof system. This is me just starting now with MM as we never baby proofed anything for B and then MM came along and climbs and gets into everything all the time. Nightmare sometimes to be honest I can relate. lol It’s great to have them be so curious about it all and learning as they go. Scary but great too. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me, I hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round. #sharewithme

    • 10th August 2015 / 5:18 am

      It is scary isn’t it, I’m always on the look out for potential danger spots!

  18. caroline
    29th July 2015 / 8:44 pm

    totally going through the same with my youngest, great fun isn’t it! #twinklytuesday

  19. 30th July 2015 / 10:11 am

    Great post! love it! My two went through this and to be honest they haven’t really stopped. The older they’ve gotten the more their mind wants to explore but sadly it’s with more and more things. Thanks for linking up with us on the #bigfatlinky hope to see you there this week.

    • 31st July 2015 / 12:51 pm

      Thank you, it’s funny the difference in children isn’t it. I have definitely got an explorer

  20. 30th July 2015 / 9:50 pm

    I have a Usain! And as a baby I had a completely chilled out dude who only cried if we put him down or needed food. He didn’t even care if he’d shat himself!! Now, he’s like a bolt of lightening and destroyer of built blocks, sandcastles and leaves! My poor mum…it’s her that has to deal with him more haha! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    • 31st July 2015 / 12:48 pm

      You sound like you’ve made a good move, I like your thinking!

  21. 19th September 2015 / 2:06 pm

    Ahhhh I can relate to this – my little one is only 8 months but SO lively – from the first scan at 12 weeks where he was doing somersaults and kicking around….he hasn’t stopped since and I predict a toddlerhood just like yours! X

    • 19th September 2015 / 4:11 pm

      It’s fun but exhausting sometimes, I even caved in and put cbeebies on the other day but he wasn’t interested. TV watching is just too boring to a lively toddler!

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