bumps and lumps

Mr. Bug climbs on everything.  It must be a boy thing, because none of his female peers do it.  He recently decided that jumping off of things he climbs is a good idea.  This is actually even more hazardous than it would normally be as he doesn’t really know how to jump, so really he just throws himself off of things while yelling “I jump!”  We wound up with two big bumps in two days, one of which actually broke the skin and bled a little.  I also now realize that cartoon bumps weren’t much of an exaggeration.  The worst part is he won’t let me put ice on the bumps.  He doesn’t like how cold it feels, and he’s never much been one for sitting still.  So I can’t even get the swelling down, though I’m really not sure how important it is to do so.  He also has bumps and bruises all over his legs and, for the most part, I have no idea exactly when or how they occurred.  He’s constantly running, and tripping, and climbing, and jumping, and falling.

Squeaker also has bumps, though not nearly so severe.  More like little red marks that last a day.  This is because Mr. Bugs idea of sharing a toy with his brother usually consists of him throwing it in the play pen, or shoving it in squeakers face.  Squeaker doesn’t seem to mind most of the time, and when he does cry it seems to be more out of surprise than actual hurt.  I guess it won’t be long before they’re actively fighting with each-other the way my brothers did.  Even play fights typically ended with a few new bruises for them.  Sometimes I wonder what other moms might think.  But then I figure, if they have active boys like mine, they’ll understand.

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