We are trapped. Our home has been invaded by someone who makes it impossible for us to get around in our own house. We can’t go anywhere without running into barriers and locks. Her movement around the house keeps us all on edge since we have no idea what she is going to do or find next.
The short one is on the move. She is crawling and standing and showing off. No longer can we trust that she will be where we left her five minutes ago. We can’t even count on her staying where we left her five seconds ago.
She is crawling, but in her own style. Apparently traditional crawling is too slow. Instead she uses one leg as a ski and propels herself along with her other three extremities.
Of course the child locks on on many drawers and the baby gates are hung at the top of the stairs and bottom of the stairs.
This means lots of aggravation for the rest of us as we try to open cupboards and it means the other two kids being trapped upstairs or downstairs since they don’t have quite enough strength in their hands to open the gates at the top and bottom of the stairs.
Now we are watching to see what else she discovers that is not child proof to decide what to move, put away or tell her she can’t have. She definitely understands when we tell her “No.” Now we are training her sisters on how to say no and when so that she learns the small number of specific things that she can’t touch.
She has discovered the cat door to the basement and spends time waiting for her friend to come through the door and also spends time getting her fingers stuck in the door. Luckily it has a built in lock which means we can lock it to prevent little fingers from getting stuck. However that may also mean a cat stuck in the basement…
Lately she has decided to take up piano. It is quite ominous actually since she is all about that bass. She keeps pounding the bass keys and it seems like a bit of a warning sound track for what is to come. Who knows where she will go next…