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Trouble with a capital T

Mary masters going DOWN the stairs.

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This new skill set could mean many potential problems for me. Before today, she would stand dramatically close to the edge of the top step, holding on to the small L-shaped bracket, that used to hold the railing, (which we removed for a quick paint job a year and a half ago), and dangle some toes in the air over the first drop of the top stair. It was enough to bring me sprinting– sweeping her into my arms with visions of toddler, toppling down the steps.
However our public library conveniently has a child’s play structure including three small steps, and child-size railings on both sides. Today, she mastered the art of going down these steps and while I sat and read through books on taking care of bunny rabbits, she practiced and practiced and practiced. I’m only praying that this new knowledge doesn’t translate into her attempting the steep, railing-less steps in our house, that also include a few of those fancy, triangle shaped steps that form a slight turn at the bottom. We could be in for some major trouble. Might have to dig out that railing from the basement. I don’t even think it’s been painted.  Better yet, might have to dig out the baby gates…

Mary masters going DOWN the stairs.

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This new skill set could mean many potential problems for me. Before today, she would stand dramatically close to the edge of the top step, holding on to the small L-shaped bracket, that used to hold the railing, (which we removed for a quick paint job a year and a half ago), and dangle some toes in the air over the first drop of the top stair. It was enough to bring me sprinting– sweeping her into my arms with visions of toddler, toppling down the steps.
However our public library conveniently has a child’s play structure including three small steps, and child-size railings on both sides. Today, she mastered the art of going down these steps and while I sat and read through books on taking care of bunny rabbits, she practiced and practiced and practiced. I’m only praying that this new knowledge doesn’t translate into her attempting the steep, railing-less steps in our house, that also include a few of those fancy, triangle shaped steps that form a slight turn at the bottom. We could be in for some major trouble. Might have to dig out that railing from the basement. I don’t even think it’s been painted.  Better yet, might have to dig out the baby gates…

4 comments on “Trouble with a capital T”

  1. precious pictures. Owen just started doing the back scoot down the stairs this week. but only a few steps at a time. He is now obsessed with stairs too. Very tiring for mommies 🙂

  2. These photos are so sweet! That’s really neat, too. Maybe I should look into those wee steps for my charge. They have a staircase she loves to climb up so it might be a safe way to teach her to come down…

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