Although it is Wednesday, I'm not actually at the 'rents today. Neither was I last week - the Easter Hols mean the InnerSister doesn't need a babysitter and I think the hip's coming along famously in any case.
But I've been remiss, and this pic is two weeks old.
Abby had for a while been expressing the desire to sit on a chair like the grown-ups do. She'd tried sitting on her scooter, but the wheels were troublesome and the handlebars got in the way of her toys. So her grandparents decided that what she clearly needed was a chair. One with a cat on the back.
There was no moment of joy and recognition of a new object that was hers (I think I'm going to miss this when she develops a sense of ownership), just an immediate knowledge about what to do, and she promptly climbed onto the chair. So I pulled out a coffee table on which to put her colouring book so she can start tackling the many problems that chairs present.
Here are some of the problems presented by chairs and tables:
- getting on to a chair in the first place. Abby's motor skills and brain development are way ahead of her allometric growth. Or more simply: she's much smaller than the smallest size baby chairs come in, and climbing up on to one is an Olympian task in itself.
- staying sat in a chair when your femora are too short to secure your centre of mass over the seat, and your tibias and feet too short to reach the floor. Fortunately, a convenient desk is helpful.
- holding the 'pen'* in baby fingers is a complicated thing, and it's easy to drop.
- Once the pen is dropped, you need to get off the chair to pick it up.
- Getting on the chair with the pen is a whole new ballgame. Getting on the chair requires both hands to be empty and chair-free.
- As the end result is you have both yourself and the pen on the chair, it would make logical sense to put the pen on the chair first, right
- the pen on the chair on its own has a risk of rolling off.
- If the pen doesn't roll off while you're climbing on the chair, the end result is chair-pen-Abby, not chair-Abby-pen.
- It is hard to get a pen out from under your bum without falling off the chair.
- Putting the pen on the desk is an option, but not one that's self evident, apparently, and needs to be pointed out by a convenient aunt.
Anyway, I gather we're now over these problems, as this later picture implies:
Note the improved grip on the pen? I wasn't here for this picture and haven't recieved any commentary, but I assume this means pen handling is coming on apace. I'm sure it won't be long until we have another writer in the family.
*The pen and book, I should add, are AMAZING. Apply water, get fully coloured pictures! Completely reusable over and over again and absolutely no ink in the pen to suck on