9.23.2008

Decorating for the Diaper Set

Some of you may remember my dining room.


This is what it looks like today.

The tagline for this blog says "decorating for real life". Well this is real life right now at the Shabby Nest! Three is now 18 months old and he has learned to climb. And boy does he climb. Even though I've had three others go through this stage before him, I've never had a climber like this. He climbs on everything! So the bar stools have taken up residence upside down, underneath the dining table. I used to put them right side up, but he figured out how to push them out from under the table and up to the kitchen peninsula. He'd then climb up and get himself right into the sink where he would promptly turn on the water and soak EVERYTHING! So now they are upside down. Thankfully, he's still much to small to turn them over. For some reason, he really doesn't push the chairs up to the peninsula... although occasionally I catch him trying. Then they take up residence in the living room. The container on the table is supposed to be holding some lovely fall mums, but let's just say, they won't fare well with Three pulling all their heads off. It currently houses some plastic toys and a few sea shells that he has put in there when he's been able to sneak away and climb up on the table. I can't wait for this phase to be over. In the meantime, I'm just holding my breath and hoping that he doesn't figure out how to climb the walls! ;-)

22 comments:

Laurel MacD said...

This is a great post - I love to see the "real" part of life show.

Jen r. said...

That sounds like my house. I tell people I belong to the 4 foot and over decorating club!!!! And that my home is decorated in early, post-modern little tyke's!

Robyn said...

LOL! I remember this with my nephews!
Hugs,
Robyn

Ms. Tee said...

Oh how funny - so smart, he is. :)
I remember these days very, very well!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

I guess just think of the motor skills and muscle development. This too shall pass...and then they grow up and leave your "nest". I only have my baby left at home. Thank goodness she is attending our local community college. : )

Darlene said...

That is so funny...yes, they somehow figure out how to get what they want! Hopefully, the destruction phase won't last too long and you can decorate again....lol

letters to elijah said...

Just keep telling yourself: this too shall pass. Your dining room is still very pretty!!

Kelly said...

Great to see someone else's home looking like mine! My 13 month old is in to everything too, though, thankfully, not climbing yet.

Joanna said...

It still looks great! I remember the climbing days. Kelsie climbed up and into and all over everything! *smiles*

Tammy (Mom to this crazy bunch) said...

You'll think the climbing is no big deal once he starts jumping off everything. The height won't matter. As the mother you will foresee all of the broken bones and ER trips... but the smile on his little face... Awww!

Valarie said...

I had one of those! He was all the time climbing on the counters. :)

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Oh my gosh, hilarious! I am so glad you showed that! It is refreshing to know that other mamas are dealing with toddler-izing their houses! It still looks beautiful!
Carrie

Shannon said...

That is so funny! I remember the little boy I keep going through this phase. They can figure out everything! :)

Erin said...

We have the same problem here! DS loves to climb on the table- right now, three chairs are stacked on the table and the bench is pushed underneath. We don't even use the table right now to eat- maybe someday we'll get our dining room back?!

Rachel said...

I can so relate! My second son Parker was and still is a climber. He's 8 and I don't see it stopping anytime soon. Good luck with your little monkey.

Sandy Toes said...

Oh the fun is just beginning! They are creative creatures! Hold on tight!

I love the stools upside down...soon those will be covered with sheets and made into a massive "fort"!
-Sandy Toes

Melissa said...

When my oldest son, now 21, was 2 years old I found him on top of the refrigerator. My younger son, now 18, would climb to the very top of any tree he could. So I know what you are going through

Kelly said...

How beautiful, Wendy! Functional, beautiful - that's what matters. :o)

Angie said...

I have a 14 month old and he is everywhere! He hasn't tried to climb anything yet. I hope he doesn't start! He loves to walk all around the house and inspect everything. So far he's been good about being careful with my decorative stuff - we'll see if that continues!

Cristin said...

I'm smiling a very big smile!

Susan in the Psych Ward said...

I have that same light fixture in my dining room... hmmmmm, I knew I liked you!!! Love the blog!

Susie Harris said...

I remember those days, hehe. Cherish! They go by too fast!