We've gotten very good use out of the bumbo, that handy blue seat that has helped our girl to sit up for months now. I remember asking early on "How long can she use this?" To which Kev replied "Until she can get out of it herself."
Well, she's been working on it for weeks now, working at propelling herself up and out of her bumbo.
And today was no different. Late this afternoon she was sitting in the bumbo in the middle of the livingroom floor, playing with a stuffed animal. I was pouring myself a glass of suntea I'd been looking forward to all day. I looked over to see her rising up, up, up higher and then OUT. SHE SUCCEEDED! I quickly moved in her direction thinking that she was going to end up head first on the hardwood, but somehow she landed on her nicely padded, cloth-diapered behind (her diaper and wrap being her only clothing on this hot summer afternoon!) I called daddy to see and he scooped up our rather astonished looking little girl and celebrated her graduation from the bumbo! Her eyes remained widened for some time, but she never cried and she soon smiled. We were giving her big smiles at this accomplishment! Kev strapped her into her feeding chair and attached the tray; he gave her a teething toy on which to munch. She immediately started banging and squawking, apparently appreciating her elevation! She was making such a racket that Kev did something he's been wanting to do for awhile. He pulled out the Tao Te Ching, from which he thinks she should begin reading now to foster greater calmness in our ACTIVE girl. He didn't have time to do a reading as he was prepping dinner so he just handed her the book. TO HER DELIGHT!
Click on the image below to see a series of images from Caroline's first encounter with the Tao. She was most thorough in her approach. And daddy had a LOT of fun with the pictures mommy took!
She's growing up. She really is.