I swear the child is going to give me a heart attack!

@lilybug (21145)
United States
August 28, 2008 7:55am CST
This morning we were all in the kitchen and my kids were eating breakfast. My son finishes and heads to get a shirt down to put on. He calls for me, so I go in there to see what he needs. Baby is sitting at the table eating, so I just leave her and run in real quick. I could not have been out of the room 30 seconds. I go running back into the kitchen because the baby is no longer in her chair. She was on to of the counter getting the sugar out of the cabinet.! Now I already took the knobs off of the drawers. The little turkey climbed up the side of the cabinet door while holding onto the counter top and climbed up there. I cannot let her out of my sight for 30 SECONDS! Anyone else got a climber? What do you do to deter it?
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@MZKUMA (705)
• United States
28 Aug 08
roflmbo!! It's been a while since mine were so little. I never had one get out the chair on onto a counter. Good thing you came in when you did. One thing I know about little ones. When they get quiet, they are into something for sure.
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@marciascott (25553)
• United States
28 Aug 08
That is the truth, you are right when they are quiet they are into something watch out!
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
28 Aug 08
Oh yeah, if she is quiet she is up to something for sure.
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
28 Aug 08
Sounds like my daughter. She is 3 now but still gives me a run for my money sometimes. She climbed everything. She used to get up on the back of our couch and do a tight rope walk across it! Talk about heart attack! She also was really good at waiting till the 2 seconds you weren't looking at her to disappear. twice she ended up in front of our house right near the road. that was when she was a lot younger though. She is slowly getting better though. Fingers crossed!
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@lilybug (21145)
• United States
28 Aug 08
She has never gotten more than a few feet out the door since she had not learned to not let the screen door slam shut. Right now, Barney is keeping her occupied.
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@marciascott (25553)
• United States
28 Aug 08
That was so cute I had to laugh I am glad you got to them in time because they cold of fall off the counter top. I was keeping my 2 grand-twins, they are two and always into things I can close my eyes for one minute when I have them. the other day. I was in the front room they were in the kitchen they had got a hold to the butter that was on top of the counter and spread the butter all over the floor, they took my pepper and took the top off it was all on the floor. They are terrible two's. When I read you discussion it made me laugh and that was cute. That should've been a kodak moment.
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@lilybug (21145)
• United States
28 Aug 08
She is 19 months old. I guess she started her terrible two's around 14 months old. I bet that butter and pepper was a joy to clean up. My son once when he was about 2 used a block of cream cheese to Paint the window in the pantry.
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@ersmommy1 (12596)
• United States
28 Aug 08
We have talked about this. lol I still say your suggestion of duct tape to the floor is the best option. Just kidding. You have truly got your hands full. I didn't have this problem. I think the only thing you could have done was take her with you.
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@lilybug (21145)
• United States
28 Aug 08
Yeah, then she would freak out that I interrupted her breakfast.
@mikinikih (201)
• United States
28 Aug 08
2 of my 3 are daredevils (aka find the highest slide at the park and swing from the top of it), but not climbers. My friend's son that I used to babysit was a climber. For a whole year I had to keep the chairs to our dining room set on the sun porch (he hadn't figured out how to get past the babyproofing knob yet to get on the porch). He would climb out of his crib at night. My friend had to stack two babygates in his doorway, because he'd climb over if there was only one (and he could climb over the one at the top of the stairs). As for the kitchen counters, I think I may be speechless--you might just have to install cupboard locks on all those top cupboards, too (the magnet ones work pretty well, just make sure you don't lose the "key"). Here we keep our knife block in the cupboard over the microwave--even I need a stool to reach up there, but at least I know the kids can't get to it. Good luck & let us know what you decide to do!
• United States
28 Aug 08
Oh, yeah, and definitely make sure all your furniture is bolted to the wall--it's a pain in the rear, but the injuries from toppling bookcases, entertainment centers, dressers, etc can be tragic.
@deebomb (15319)
• United States
29 Aug 08
My youngest was like that. She loved any thing that was high.Every time zi turned around she was climbing something. good thing we had a small house or I wouldn't have been able to keep up with her. She was into everything too. She was the only one to find the toilet to play in. If she wasn't climbing she was washing her hands or toys in the commode.
@irishidid (8716)
• United States
29 Aug 08
My son was not only a climber, but also a leaper. Jumped off of everything. Height didn't matter. If he could have gotten on a roof he would have jumped off it. Only got hurt once. Broke his arm when another kid tried to stop him. I told the kid next time Kris wants to jump, let him. We had to chain lock the fridge or he would empty it on the kitchen floor.
@magna86 (1787)
• India
29 Aug 08
well thats a pretty naughty kid you have got there!!! kids enjoy such kind of adventure.. coz they dont know what would be consequence if they go wrong!! its upto to the parents to make them understand! hope your kid will also learn it one day!! but till then let your kid enjoy her freedom!!! kids are good when they are naughty!!! hahah.. even you would have been like that in your childhood troubling your mom!!! am i right?
@tlb0822 (1412)
• United States
29 Aug 08
My daughter just started the climbing thing. We just do a firm "no", but being 8months she just turns and laughs. But after a couple of times saying no she stops what she is doing and finds something to play with.
• United States
29 Aug 08
awwww how cute! scary though!!! ahh i couldnt imagine being a mother!!! i'd go crazy out of my mind!!!
• United States
28 Aug 08
When my son was about 2, he pushed the chair into the kitchen, got up on the counter, got the cookies out of the cabinet, and had eaten a couple before I came in. When he saw me, he turned and held out the half-eaten cookie and said, 'I got this for you'!! All I could do was laugh. When he was about 3 1/2, I was in the living room watching tv, he was in my room watching a movie. I heard a loud crash and ran in to see what happened. He tried to climb up my dresser, it tilted, and the tv fell off, fell over him and hit his foot(thanks to his guardian angel). I ran in and picked him up. While I was holding him, I saw his foot in the mirror and I started crying, then he started crying. I sat down and looked at it, it was just scraped but badly bruised. We rushed him to the ER, nothing major(thanks again!). He was mostly up set by, out of the whole thing, me teasing him about my broken tv, which actually wasn't even broken, it turned right on. I was incredibly grateful that his baby sister was taking a nap, the tv would have landed right where she liked to sit. Fortunately, my girls were not climbers. Now, I can't keep them out of the trees!!!
@dawnald (84076)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 Aug 08
None of my kids are climbers, thank goodness. I about drove my mom nuts though. So she sympathizes with you (well so do I)... I don't know what you can do to deter it other than NOT turn your back. Scary!
@SViswan (12071)
• India
28 Aug 08
lol...my second son (who happens to be the same age as your daughter) is a climber. I cannot let him out of my sight for a few seconds at a time. The hardest part is at school ....after school hours (his) I have to stay back another two hours for work and I can't keep an eye on him because I have lots of work. I have assigned one of the maids working there to watch him. He climbs on to places you wouldn't imagine he could! My older one (who also happens to be ths same age as that of your son) was never this way and I could safely leave him and go about my work. He liked to climb but wouldn't do it just about anywhere.
@twallace (2675)
• United States
28 Aug 08
That is the funny thing about little ones. When they start moving keeping up with them is a job all by it's self. You could blink and I think the move faster than a blink. To us 30 seconds is no time but to them it's just enough time to move and get were there little minds are set on. That is something, now you have to find another way to keep that from happening. Cause it sound like she moves fast and know when to do it too. When your not looking. Have a good one.
@seabeauty (1480)
• United States
28 Aug 08
My 4 year has done that many times. I always scold him for that. I even tell him if he needs something to ask me. He got a hold of some children's Tylenol pills and had eaten 6 of them. He can open up blister packs as well as child proof bottles. Talk about giving a parent a heart attack!
• United States
28 Aug 08
Oh lilybug, you are in for some fun. It has been almost 20 years now but my son was the same way. I remember my daughter was 2 and in the bathroom needing help, my son was 9 months, 9 months mind you, you would think you could leave a 9 month on the living room for laying on his blanket for one minute, not. I dont even know if it was a minute, came back in the living room and he was gone, I looked everywhere, now mind you I'm looking down, he is only 9 months. when I looked up in the kitchen he is on the counter getting to the cabinets. I thought I was going to die. My advise keep a close, close eye. When he was 5 we moved, my new neighbor came to my door telling me she thinks she scared my kids but they scared her and she was sorry. I asked what happened and was informed my 5 year old was on her roof running around it telling my 2 year old twins to come on up it was easy. When my boys came around the house I asked my son what he was thinking, he told me "mom look at our roof and look at hers, hers was much easier to get on and was safer for the twins" I use hair dye now, he is almost 20 and twins almost 17, if you dont hear your daughter know she is on top of something. I know it is scary when it happens but trust me you will look back and laugh if you heart can take it, hehe. oh I know the feeling.lmao, it will be good but watch carefully and be specific in telling her I am doing this for a minute, do not climb on anything while I am gone, it does help but we have to tell them or they will.