There are two sets of stairs and three levels in this home. The bottom floor is where the majority of the bedrooms are as well as a bathroom and the laundry/utility rooms. The second floor is the main living area and the top floor is the master bedroom. Wednesday was laundry day. I do Jason’s and my laundry all in one day if I can swing it. That meant trekking up and down the stairs no less than eight times. That meant moving baby gates or hopping over them holding a full laundry basket and trying not to step on a child who desperately wanted to climb the stairs or follow me.
We put the baby gates up further so that Henry gets used to them and if he slips it is only a step or two and not twelve. He’s getting really good at the stairs and wants to practice A LOT. He hand and foot walks up them (with one of us trailing behind ready to grab him) and tries to slide on his belly backwards. He can walk down them if he holds the wall or someone’s hand. Jason will be installing a second handrail within Henry’s reach to aid in his learning to navigate the stairs. I’m hyper aware of the gates and making sure they are secure, but I look forward to the day they come down!