This stupid step is one part of this house that I will *not* be sad to say bye to when we move.
Our house is your basic walkout ranch. I use the term "ranch" loosely though, because for some reason the designer felt the burning desire to make sure the kitchen/dining room at the far end of our home was exactly one step beneath the rest of the house. Stupid.
To my surprise no one complained about this while the house was for sale. And to be honest when we bought the house we didn't think much of it either. I mean, we are young and able...one little step wasn't going to kill us and it sort of added a little character to the house :-) ....well, that's what I thought *before* I had children.
Then the step became my enemy. ^^^^See how wide the opening of the step is? And the banister? Well it's basically impossible to babyproof that opening! With Raya we put a stand along plastic gate across the opening and then had to step over the gate every.single.time. we wanted to leave the living room and go to the kitchen. Annoying! I was so glad when Raya figured out how to go up and down that step on her own and we were free again!
I've put off babyproofing that stupid step for Brielle because we're (hopefully!) moving. So this morning, like all mornings, I had Brielle playing on the playmat in the living room while I used the computer and we both woke up for the day.
Imagine my shock and surprise (and horror!) when I looked up from my computer to see THIS:
HOW DID SHE DO THAT!?!?!?!?! I mean, the child can roll over and scoot backwards, but she has never never never done that amount of moving and maneuvering! (Don't worry, I put my foot behind her while I took the picture...I just couldn't pass up this photo opportunity!)
She was liike a little monkey baby, just hanging on to that step and enjoying the view LOL
This house move can not come soon enough!
So there you have it---Brielle's brush with danger, Mama's heart attack! Needless to say Brielle will now be playing on the far end of the living room, away from the "cliff"!
** Be sure to stop by later tonight for Brielle's 7 month post--don't miss sock monkey!!! :-)