I'm not sure how, but we made it through Ivie's baby years without purchasing a single gate. It's not that I never thought about it, or didn't check them out online, and in the stores, a million times. But the process was (and still is!) just a bit overwhelming for me. What size do we need? Where would we put it/them? Should we get the screw-in-the-wall kind and risk us messing it up (not to mention ruining the walls!)? Too many decisions, too little time, and not enough motivation. So, in the end, we chose instead to spend several months making the trek to and from the stairway any time Ivie ventured in that direction.
The time has come for Macie to find the stairs intriguing, as well. So the chase begins again. Or, when we're tired of chasing her, we just let her go (following very closely, of course!). This was one of those times, as she went in search for the green plastic egg that apparently didn't get put back in the bin with the rest of the Easter decorations... Too bad the candy's long gone from it, or I would have been racing Mac to the top instead of catching her stair-climbing on video!