1.05.2009

DON'T YOU JUDGE ME

I did it. I wasn't going to, but then we got the Disneyland Annual Passes, and that changed everything.

I finally bought Luke a leash!

Of course, he wouldn't put it on right away so Kelley and I had to pretend it was really cool so that Luke would get excited about it. When that wouldn't work, we bribed him with candy to get him to wear it.

As predicted, he lied down the minute he felt any tension in the leash. Let's hope he doesn't do this in the middle of Main Street at Disneyland and get crushed by a stampede of people.

We tried it on Charlie, but he just thought it was a teething toy.

Here's Kelley, just walking her "dog."

I'm still questioning whether or not I will really use it. It feels strange to put a leash on my 2 year old, without at least giving him a helmet too. You know?

15 comments:

  1. Finally you made a good decision! Yeah you should just pretend that its Halloween when you go to Disneyland and dress LUke up as football player with knee pads, helmet and everything so you don't have to worry about him.

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  2. Cristin i think the "leash" is a GREAT idea! I'm already planning on getting one for Chandler for amusement parks- better than loosing your kid, right? I can't wait to hear how Luke does with it at Disneyland... And that SNL clip is one of my favorites :)

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  3. Our Tanner is a kid who will run in the opposite direction any chance he gets. We live less than a county block from the largest amusement part in our region, and so to take him there was IMpossible. One day we were shopping at WalMart and found a 'Monkey backpack' which is actually a leash. It's a cute stuffed animal with a long tail (and you know what the tail is for). Maybe try that - it may make it a fun thing for your little guy like it did for mine. BTW, he's now 5 and still likes to put it on and play with it (I took off the tail, of course - he and his 8 year old brother might try to make a noose out of it - you never know!!!)
    :D

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  4. I have 3 boys (ages 8, 4 and 8 months) and I love using the leash. Don't worry at all about feeling odd having your kid on a leash - it's far better than the horror of losing your kid! When we go to amusement parks, the rule is that the kid is either buckled in the stroller (or wagon) or attached to the leash. Once you establish that this is something that just is and it is NOT an option, they get the idea and go with it. Good luck and have fun!

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  5. Kaitlyn loved hers, but it was a little dog backpack that had a detachable leash. I would let her wear the backpack around the house so that she got used to it. Then when we went out she wouldn't get upset that she couldn't walk more than three feet away. :-) I hope it works out for you! Disneyland is a scary place to lose a child!

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  6. Haha! I love your pictures! We got a leash for Zeke last year when we took him to Disneyland, but didn't really use it a lot because he hated it. It had been a long time since we used it, until I went to the post office before Christmas. The lines were so long, and Zeke loves to run outside and I didn't want to lose my spot, so I put it on him there and he hated it still. I felt mean, but I really needed to mail my package.

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  7. I've got to admit, I think the leashes are weird, but I may change my tune when my son reaches toddler-hood.

    But I thought I would share a family story: My parents took us to D-land when we were all itty bitty, and to keep us under control my dad tied rope around each of us and then attached the ropes to his belt loops. So basically he looked like an octopus walking around D-land. I can't imagine it was an easy thing to do. So, I guess in comparison, leashes aren't all bad.

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  8. How did it GO???? I looked for you everywhere but didn't see you, which was a bummer. But we ended up going with two kids ourselves (not ours, obviously), so I guess it could have been sheer chaos if we HAD met up. Still, though, it would have been so cool.

    Maybe in March?

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  9. That is one of my favorite SNL clips. I love the pictures, the best is Kelley walking Charlie.

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  10. Leashes are pretty funny. Our stake had a giant Primary leash when I was growing up. The adults would go to the Saturday night session, the Primary would host special activities (free babysitting) for the kids, and as we went from room to room we each had to take hold of a loop on this twenty-foot rope.

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  11. charlie is so cute. I love the picture of him chewing it. and me as a dog too :)

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  12. We succumbed and had leashes for both David and Caroline. When he was around 2, Dave would unlock our front door and wander several blocks. We finally got a key to the deadbolt (on the inside)...

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  13. Until I had a toddler of my own, I thought the babyleash was cruel. Now I think it's the greatest thing EVER. Emma has a little monkey backpack with a leash attached. It is the only way we get our weekend chores done.

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  14. I had a leash for Hayden and I used it often. I loved it. Mine would harness to me as well so I didn't have to hold anything. That way he couldn't get away and I didn't have to do anything...just the way I like it.

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