I’ve been after the kids constantly about the pile of Legos in the front room…you know, the room that’s supposed to be the formal living room but no one ever uses because they don’t have the furniture to fill it? (at least, that’s been our experience) It’s our ‘play’ room. I don’t mind if they play with their Legos in there, but since we moved in I’ve been warning them that they would have to do something about them once Emma was mobile. Well, we’ve reached that point. She has yet to crawl from one room to another, but she can definitely get all over within one room. I finally boxed up all the Legos and got the other remaining ‘stuff’ off the floor in there. The new rule is that all Legos must be put away before Emma is up from her nap(s). If they play with them when she’s awake it has to be on a table or in their rooms.
Boy, is she enjoying the freedom! Before, we had to keep vigilant (don’t worry we still do) because she was always trying to get to those little pieces. Now that it’s Emma-safe in that room, she can crawl along, play with her toys, look out the sliders….and I don’t have to pull her back, even once. I’m able to do some things I need or want to do (like blogging) and still watch her, without feeling as if she’s going to harm herself if I’m not hovering. And she has the freedom to explore, as babies should, in a safe environment where she can develop properly. All this makes for a happy baby and a happy mommy….always a worthy goal, I think!