We clearly gave Elliot the wrong middle name.
He's not especially advanced in most ways, but he does have an uncanny ability: You can set him down anywhere, and he'll find the most dangerous thing in the room and crawl directly to it. It could be stairs, electrical outlets, fireplace tools — he'll seek it out.
We took him to the doctor yesterday and they ushered us into this giant play room. Every surface was soft and child-proof. I put him down for a moment, figuring there was no chance he would get into any mischief.
He immediately scrambled off. He passed all the fun toys in his path and found the door to the supply closet, which somebody had left ajar. By the time I caught up with him, he was pulling down a large metal stand onto his head. What the heck? (The good news is, the doctor said he has "rock-solid motor skills.")
I'm trying to figure out if there's some commercial application for this skill. Maybe he could work in a uranium mine? In this economy, we all have to contribute.