All hands on deck


Wilder Bedgood is a two handed job. And sometimes it’s more like four hands. He really is a superb baby. Superb. And strong.
He’s started doing what my sisters call the “alligator roll” when I’m trying to dress him or change his diaper, which is super fun when he’s had a super number two.
Daddy Bedgood did a solo nighttime recently that ended with both of them on the floor of the living room wrestling to get on the footie pjs and sweating. I picture it like a WWF smack down. In his words “it’s like putting a straight jacket on an octopus.”
I mocked him. But I have resorted to the floor recently after he not only flipped over on the changing table but then gripped the side and I had to peel his white knuckled fingers off one by one. So now I’m covered in sweat and wrangling wild Wilder and should’ve never mocked the daddy.
It’s like something from one of those cheesy family movies. I have yet to figure out a clever way to keep him occupied. And the strap on the changing table … He pretty much laughs in the face of it. Then alligator rolls on out. Leaving me with a strap streaked with number two and a little alligator all twisted up.


About Amanda Jean Elliott

I am a joyful believer in Jesus Christ, a mother, a sister, a writer, a maker of gluten free roux and a style editor. I love my son Wilder and the wild life that comes with a 4-year-old who has the energy of a pack of wolves. I also love naps (a lot). I love to cook and create my favorite dishes without gluten not because I'm trendy and anti-gluten so much as it makes me feel like I've been run over by a pack of wolves. I teach 5th and 6th grade girls Sunday School and have a classroom of the greatest girls I could imagine. Girls who often teach me more than I teach them. I believe these girls and many others are the spark to start a fire for The Lord the likes of which this world has never seen. I see more and more girls learning about more than just who God is ... but, learning about who God says THEY are. It is my prayer for every woman to know without doubt that we have a good good Father in heaven and whatever is not right on this earth, He will make right in this life or the next.
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