If any of you have visited our house in the past year or so, you’ve noticed that we had to place an ill-fitting baby gate at the bottom of the stairs. The reason was to keep Dexter (our dog) downstairs. His favorite hobby used to be running up and down the stairs, but after awhile we realized the toll it takes on the carpet, and the need to constantly vacuum the hair. We decided keeping Dex downstairs was the best decision. Now when we actually do let him upstairs, he thinks it’s a special occasion and gets very excited. However, the stair width was too long for standard gates, so nothing ever quite fit. We were forced to use a gate that was too short, and was very annoying to either step over or move all the time.
Now that baby is coming, obviously it’s not very safe to carry baby around and have to step over something when going up or down stairs. We continued to look around for a better gate, but eventually I decided that building one was probably the best option. Considering cost of wood, paint, and hinges, I realized that even though it might not be the most economical, it would probably be the sturdiest and best-fitting. I tried to find design examples online, but ultimately went with my own invention. The gate even has spring hinges so it closes on its own. Not sure of what we are going to use at the top of the stairs, but I figure we have a long time before I need to figure that one out.
Other than that, everything is going smoothly. I wanted to give a quick shout-out to my cousin Tara back in Ky. She had the same due date as us, but she was pregnant with twins! A few days ago she had to get an emergency c-section to deliver the boys because one wasn’t developing like it should. The babies are now doing fine, and they should catch up quick, but it’s a reminder to us that anything can happen. We still have a month and a half to go, and hope that all goes well. Although, I think Annie wouldn’t complain if it decided to come a bit early.
We want to thank everyone that has tuned in to the blog, and hopefully we’ll have more to report next week… including a picture of all the stuff we’ve gotten so far!