Little has reached the age where she wants to help with lots of things around the house. She is very good at getting a diaper from the package and throwing away wet diapers. She helps with the laundry – her favorite parts are putting laundry back in the hamper after I’ve sorted it and closing the dryer door (because what better sound is there to little ears than a loud slam?).
One of her favorite tasks is helping to load and unload the dishwasher; she runs to the dishwasher anytime she sees – or senses – that the door is open and usually wants to play in the dirty silverware and knives (exactly what she needs to be doing, right?). Matt and I try to load/unload at times when both of us are home – so one can keep Little distracted – or while she is eating and strapped into her booster seat.
Today, however, I didn’t get everything unloaded before she finished her lunch. She immediately made a beeline for the dishwasher and began trying to get the bowls out of the rack to hand them to me (silverware tray had already been removed). It is really cute when she is actually attempting to help and I didn’t have much left to unload, so I let her continue to “help”. After we had emptied everything from the racks, Little shut the dishwasher door (see comment above about dryer door – the girl enjoys closing doors) and I thought that we had completed the task.
I was on the phone with my Mom and continued to talk and to work on something at the kitchen counter. When I heard the dishwasher door open again I didn’t think much about it; it was empty, not a big deal. The next thing I know I look down to see her pushing the bottom rack of the dishwasher across the kitchen floor! Apparently she thought it was a good idea to remove it from the dishwasher and go for a joy ride. She rolled it into the living room, stayed in there for a minute, and then brought it back into the kitchen.
And all I could do was laugh because she just looked so cute (and funny) pushing the dishwasher rack around the house!