Standing For Our Right

Cue the National Anthem. Alright, please don't. I don't want to hear the National Anthem until this country does a 180 and maybe loses an entire administration to the plague. Okay soooooo... Cue cheerleading smash hit "stand up! sit down! fight, fight, fight!"

We have a stander on our hands, er... We have a stander on his feet. He is currently eat-standing up in his highchair. Another favorite pastime? Standing between my legs, hanging on my zipper or button or the pegs I have sticking out of the kneecaps of my dress. (high couture) He stands in his stroller (tries.) He stands in his crib. (No, really, he doesn't even sleep anymore.)

Exhibit ABC:

"Goodnight pirate of the snails!" (tiptoeing out of the room)
"Deet deet deet!" (already fully standing up in 2.3 seconds)
"Deet deet deet!" (jumping up and down and holding crib bar.)
"Goodnight fritatta-bug-egg!" (sneaking out of room, not that he can even notice because he is so proud of his new accomplishment and his new found self-sufficiency, he's like, "mom? Who needs her?")

(peeking in at Archer)
"Deet deet deet!" (still jumping and holding onto bar. STILL STANDING)


(peeking in at archer, munching pop-corn)
"Deet deet deet" (not jumping as vigorously. Just kinda hanging out. Bug life, y'all)


(peeking it at Archer, bleary-eyed)
"Deet deet deet!!!!!" (proclaiming while standing spread eagle with one hand pointing at the ceiling a la Flashdance)
"Okay, forget-it, Chitty-chitty-bang-bang. Have it your way. Deet deet deet."

And so it goes, every night and naptime the kid stands up for what he believes in. I'm not quite sure what "deet deet deet" means but I have a feeling it's a cause well worth fighting for. It would have to be. He's standing tall and firm and he won't sleep until... deet, deet, deet is deeeeeeted. It's Deet and I support him com-deeeet-ley. Deet in the middle deet.



Anonymous | 10:19 AM

Hooray for Archer. Watch out mommy. It all gets just a little bit crazier now.

And PS (I think Deet is what they put in bug spray...)... :)

Anonymous | 10:22 AM

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL! That's right, Deet to the Middle Deet :)

Gina | 11:32 AM

Wow, that makes me nervous for when Liam starts that... the crawling is already driving me crazy at nap time and bed time. I am so happy to read your positive take on it! Your posts always make me smile.

Christina | 11:41 AM

Ha! No idea what "Deet" means. When Cordy was in that stage, she would say "Seeee...Oooohhh... Seee...Ooohh" over and over and over. We never did figure it out.

The excitement over his new feat will eventually lessen and he will sleep again. But expect a rough few days.

Kacey | 12:11 PM

When my Tater first learned to sit up on her own, she thought it was the greatest. I'm the kind of mom who tries to always put my kids down to bed awake, so - when Tater took a little longer than normal to go to sleep, I didn't think much of it. There was no crying, only "talking" and laughing, so I didn't interrupt the fun. Anyhoo - when I went in to check after the playing stopped, I found Tater sleeping with her feet straight out in front of her and her head laying on top her legs. I didn't realize that although she could sit herself up, she had no idea how to lay herself back down!

Elissa L. | 12:52 PM

The Phi (who I believe may be one day apart from Archer) is also in this stage, but she likes to say "Day-day" she says this all day long. I hear that walking is right around the corner and life as we know it will cease to exist!

Her Bad Mother | 2:04 PM



(Was that too bossy? Sorry.

Picture please.


To the best of my understanding, 'DEET' is the rallying cry of the Babies Liberation Army, dedicated to the emancipation of babies constrained by cribs, five-point stroller harnesses, leashes, jumpers and undeveloped jello legs everywhere. Archer's letting you know that the revolution begins at home.

Andrea | 2:16 PM

It's so funny that his word is "deet". My little one tickles to the tune of deet-deet. He'll poke a rigid finger into my cheek (sometimes my eye) and say deet-deet, then giggle himself into hiccups. Sometimes he slurs it together: dee-deet. But he's tickling me. His other favorite word is morlarlee. Don't ask me what THAT one means!

Emily | 4:14 PM

Yay for DEET, DEET, DEET!!!

(I will require some visual aide, it was freaking

Chris | 8:17 PM

Cool! It's so funny how when they learn something new, they'll just tune out the rest of the world for a few days.

I'm still waiting for my stander to start walking unassisted. And I feel for you with the DEET! At our house, it's DAH! DAH! DAH!

Sandra | 8:18 PM

Hooray for Archer! And for standing for his right to DEET.

I wish there was a baby translator some days :)

Unknown | 10:07 PM

I too wish there was a way to figure out just what it is they are saying. I wonder...

Leah's partial to guck guck. Have no clue what it means.

She also has taken to sitting down (Dit) and informing me she is doing so (Eeeeyaaaaay Dit). This means Leah sit. Then she proceeds to run through every single word she knows. She'll sit there for what seems like forever, just going on and on and on and on.

Anonymous | 8:36 AM

Two months.


He's climbing out and then you'll be wishing it was standing up in his crib for DEET. He'll be sneaking out in the middle of the night to all the DEET rallies and bugging all the relatives to show a little love (financially) to the cause.

I've seen where DEET leads. First it's toddlerville, then kidtown, and then, you blink, and they've turned into men on you.

See if you can turn him on to DOOT.

jess | 11:53 PM

gaaaah...looks like i have a lot to look forward to...i'm still hiding under the covers from the sweetest boy and hoping he wont see me and remember to get hungry in the middle of the night.

can't wait to hear what DEET winds up being, and i'm sure weeks from now it will be apparent. DADA maybe?

Anonymous | 6:39 PM

Congrats Archer! Isn't deet deet from an 80s song?

Mom101 | 9:30 AM

Ha on deet. Thalia's is "nye." Rhymes with hi. Sees the cat? nyenyenyenye. stand? nyenyenyenye. I'm excited to getht them together. Maybe they'll merge words and end up with "dye" and "neat."

Congrats on the standing. Thorougly exciting.