It’s been a few weeks since I told you about how the stairs are my enemy and then just days later how Violet fell down those stairs. Well, this week she became fascinated with our gas fireplace and started to crawl in it. Yes people, there are so many ways a baby can risk her life in my little home.
Well, I found the time to thwart her incredibly fast crawl and nimble climbing skills. I am, after all, a mother. If there is one thing more important than just loving my kids to bits and pieces, it is keeping them alive so I can do the aforementioned loving.
Meet my new best friends.
This is the North States Superyard. It is the only gate I have ever found that will work with my wonky high molding and very narrow original to the house stairs. They did not send me this gate for free. I bought it and I love it. It comes with 6 panels and I only used 2. It can also be used as a playpen and of course it could save lives or just your sanity too. I just love it. I’m going to order the extra 2 panels and make a play yard out of the 4 I have left. I love it! Even better…it is also blocking the bathroom from sneaky Miles who loves to fill everything he can find with water. And it is super safe because to place a gate on or against the stairs would allow a toddler to use the stairs to climb over it and get some serious injuries (Yes, this has happened to us with previous gates – not the injuries but the toddlers launching themselves over the gate). With this that is not an issue.
And this is the smallest fireplace screen I could find for my tiny little fireplace that I adore. Violet seems to love it too. She was scooping up the fake embers and trying to eat them. She was trying to get on the logs. She was probably fascinated by the pilot light. She was making me nauseous just thinking about possible outcomes. She started out confused and then got bored. It was exactly the reaction I was looking for. I then proceeded to terrify Sophia and Miles, telling them that they could get burned if they touched it and to tell me the minute anyone stepped on the tile. It might have been overkill, but I like that they believed me. Again, saving lives can be tricky.
With these two fancy little numbers, not only did I save my baby from 2 possible death threats, I also kept buckets of water from being poured on my floors thanks to Miles. And another plus? Without worrying about the grim reaper visting Violet I was able to actually clean the kitchen, fold the laundry and spend 10 minutes tweeting with the kids in the house. It’s not sexy but it was oh so good.
All in a days work!