So the little dude is into EVERYTHING, as is customary for a 10.5 mos old. If he's not supposed to have it, he wants it....the remote control, the cord to my computer, my glass of wine, a piece of loose chokable carpet, antique books, the cats food...all items are fair game. And why should he not want these things? He doesn't understand the concept of danger yet, let alone the concept of "off limits." So DG & I do our best to just re-direct him at this point. We feel if you say "No" all day long, it loses it's value...Mind you he certainly knows "NO" is a serious thing, but he's still to young to understand why he can pull his books down off of the low shelf in his room, but not the ones from our giant book case in the living room. This of course leads me to baby proofing....
We live in a pretty small condo, which sounds easy in theory, but we're sorely lacking in storage space. We've put locks on all of the cabinets in the kitchen, sans the tupperware one, as it's a temporary distraction while trying to do the dishes or cook. Charlie LOVES pulling everything out and clanking it all around....or simply chewing on it.
We did recently purchase a Munchkin brand plastic sliding baby gate, which we LOVE. It's super easy to use and remove, plus it's the perfect height for us midgetly inclined peeps. Yes, I just said midgetly. Moving on...
Now the gate we have is great for keeping the little dude from roaming down the hallway while we're in the living room & moving around into different doorways as needed. However, it doesn't come close to fitting the space that divides off the kitchen from the living room. He is obsessed with the storage area below the oven (where you keep extra pots & pans.) Plus he's so curious about the cat food & has taken an interest in our pub-style chairs. All this said, we need to invest in another gate. They seem pretty expensive at Babies R Us and even on Target.com....but luckily a Mommy (on a Mommy page I belong to) posted about being in search of an extra wide one as well, and quite a few Mom's recommended Walmart.com. Here in So Cal, Walmart is kind of a joke...most of us are Target people, but I'm fully willing to admit we purchased our glider from Walmart, as well as my current work desk. Both of which arrived super fast and were exactly as described. Plus, you truly couldn't beat the price.
So off I went to check out baby gates on Walmart.com.....
*Please excuse the picture of my computer screen...I couldn't save the pics or figure how to take a screen shot of just the photo in particular. I'm lame, I know.
Anyhoo, this was the first I came across, but it was too short....and um...
Is it 1990? Or is that how Moms dress? Umm if that's the case....apparently I'm not dressed for the part.
Then I found one more like the one we already have....nope, still needed a longer one...
Kids are smart, see how she's pointing!
Little does Mommy know, Rover just had the runs.....
all over her lilly white duvet.
Then I narrowed down my search, for EXTRA LONG gates...and this is what popped up:
Pssst...don't tell little Billy that he could ride his trike on the grass,
AROUND the gate.
Then this one came up...it's not extra long and it's for use with stairs, so not going to work...sigh...
Kate Gosselin wants her hair back.
And then folks, I think I found it, the holy grail of gates, but low and behold it was out of stock.
Till next time!