Gregory Sare Landolt (gregoid) wrote,
Gregory Sare Landolt

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Human Jungle Gym

I was bored, so I went over to my sister's house for a while. After being there about 30 minutes, Noah (my 4 year old nephew) decided it would be a great idea to launch himself from the overstuffed chair onto me. I just caught the movement out of the corner of my eye and reacted without thinking to catch him. This was not the first time he has done this, but this was the first time he jumped without giving me any warning. Well, since it worked the first time he had to do it again and again.

After about the 10th time, Kylene (my 16 month old niece) decided she wanted some attention from Uncle Greg as well. So I picked up Kylene and held her in my right arm while Noah still continued to jump and be caught with my left. On the second Noah-jump while holding Kylene, I decided to just hold Noah too instead of letting this continue. I then began to throw them both in the air, as high as I could with two kids in my arms, and catch them again. Kylene thought it was the funniest thing and was really laughing. Noah, being older, wanted me to toss him higher. That was very hard to do having the other hand and arm occupied with his sister. I did manage to toss them about a foot in the air. I lost count after 20 tosses, which was fine because this little game, while fun for the kids, was tiring me quickly.

I set both of them down and Kylene grabbed on to my leg and wanted to be picked back up while Noah ran around and got back into jumping position on the chair again. I was able to handle Kylene, but ADHD Noah, didn't (couldn't?) stop. Finally I made my way to the door as Noah told his mom that he was going with Uncle Greg. I had to pick him up and set him in the chair then dash out the front door. My sister Paige came over and locked the door as I held it shut from the outside. Needless to say, Noah was less than pleased.

Paige and her husband will be taking Noah to see the Lion King tonight, so hopefully he will calm down enough between now and then. I didn't have to baby-sit my two nieces, which is okay because I don't feel much like babysitting tonight.

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