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Oliver began standing up this past week. He absolutely loves […]

Oliver began standing up this past week. He absolutely loves standing up on his own. Unfortunately, he has not yet figured out how to sit down. He props himself up, looks around, and then begins to squirm. If neither of his parents looks in his direction, he yells until someone assists him in sitting back down. Then he smiles at this parent and stands right back up to say hello at closer range. This was adorable for the first 10 minutes. It was infuriating at 1:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. and 4:30 a.m.
We have attempted to help him learn, but the little guy just seems terrified of heights. Unfortunately, the height in question is about two feet. We sat and watched him one day to see if he could eventually learn how to sit on his own. After ten minutes, he plopped himself down on his bed and went to sleep. Victory! My wife and I gave each other high fives, clinked wine glasses, and celebrated the little guy’s new trick. And then he got up and squirmed around again, screaming for his parents.
Obviously, the little guy is thinking more than just, “I can’t get down.” I understand that he wants us to give him some attention. If I were to guess, I would say that his thought process is more along the lines of “Oh that light looks pretty … I want to get closer to it … oh hey I’m surfing … what does carpet taste like … I should try that … I should eat everything … someone get me down … hey, seriously, someone help me down and let me lick the floor and pull off your glasses and eat your hair because I love you!”
Author’s note: Before this post was published, little Oliver finally learned how to sit down and no longer requires our assistance throughout the night. He has now progressed to the point that he stands up and sits down about 10 times before falling asleep. Yes, even now, my child does more sit-ups than I do before going to bed. He must have great abs.

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