Monday, March 16, 2009

John Michael's latest obsession

OK, I don't know if this is really blog-worthy, but it's a memory I want to keep, and if I don't write it down, I'll definitely forget it.

For several months now, John Michael has had a "thing" for my vacuum cleaner. Aren't kids usually afraid of vacuum cleaners? This particular one is so powerful, I don't doubt it could suck up little fingers and toes if they weren't attached so well. (Disclaimer: This is not an endorsement of any particular brand and, no, I'm not being paid to advertise, but it is the most powerful vacuum cleaner I've ever had and I've been using it for several years now. It picks up everything.)

With four kids in the house, I vacuum crumbs and dog hair off the tile at least every other day, sometimes daily. On weekends, the older kids take over the vacuuming duty. I do it so often, the dog starts heading for the back door as soon as I roll the vacuum out of the closet. John Michael, on the otherhand, will crawl from wherever he is, as fast as he can, to touch it and, yes, even kiss it. It's disgusting! Maybe that's why he's been relatively healthy? Kissing the vacuum cleaner?

It's actually quite funny at times since I literally have to play "dodge the baby" with him. I vacuum and he chases me to get his chunky little fingers on the goods. It makes my job go a whole lot faster, that's for sure. If I'm not in the mood to speed through cleaning while being pursued by a 27 pounder, I put him in the high chair at snacktime. We had a little extra fun this morning since I also had to mop the floor. I use a plug-in steamer mop, which he thought was pretty cool. His jeans actually helped dry the floor in record time :-)

Oh, and yes, that's my Christmas poinsettia in the kitchen window in the distance and mini potted Christmas trees outside the window. I don't have the heart to toss them out while they're still healthy and vibrant, but I'm ready for spring!
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  1. He is too funny and oh so cute! Sounds like he will love helping you clean the house: )

  2. I agree that is too funny!! And I would totally be crossing my fingers that he will want to take the job over some day :) But, I'm sure once he is old enough, he'll want nothing to do with it. Although, Adam loves to unload the dishwasher and he does a great job!!

  3. That's so great! Kole is just the opposite - he starts crying whenever I use the vacuum, electric knife, or anything like that. More typical, I guess. His favorite thing these days is baths. He comes a-runnin' (actually, a-crawlin') whenever he hears the tub start running.

  4. Thank you for your comment on our blog about Cody's achievement. Your little guy is darling. He looks like he is so healthy and doing so well. Aren't they so much fun.

  5. ha ha! I love it! I'm with John Micheal! I used to love my Mum's vacuum too- I called it Max and I used to feed it paper - I think that got me into quite a bit of trouble :-)

  6. John Michael is so BIG!!!! I can't get over him! What a healthy boy he is!
    Yes, we have Carly as our Music Therapist and we are so excited to start it! I'm glad to hear JM loves it. How long have you been doing it?
    How old is JM now? 15 months? So darling!!!

  7. I have a 'thing' for that vacuum, too! Now that I've seen the dyson, the oreck just isn't cutting it anymore!


    Great blog!

  8. OH! I love this blog entry! My little guy, who is turning two in the beginning of May, and also blessed with the extra 21st chromosone, is TOTALLY obsessed with the vacuum cleaner as well! I play dodge the baby all the time! He especially loves when I take the extension off to get in those hard to reach places and vacuum for me! Just wait- he'll soon be taking paper towels and pretending to be dusting or cleaning for you too! (He also uses kleenex to clean with too- oh what fun!)