As I have documented over the past six or so weeks, we have taken down the baby gate that used to separate the girls’ playroom (our den) from our open-floor-plan house.
[Perhaps I have documented this in such excruciating detail as it is pretty momentous in my little world!]
Mostly, things have gone very well. It’s SO nice to feel we’re all part of the same house…definitely a huge step in that warm-and-fuzzy “family” feeling.
In the spirit of full disclosure, though, I must confess that I am hanging on to one last stronghold…highchairs.
Yes, the girls are three years and two months old. Don’t judge.
The girls are fully capable of sitting in regular chairs; they’ve been doing so in restaurants for close to 9 months now.
But I’m just not ready to go there at home.
Our girls are very good eaters, and I definitely credit part of that to them being focused on the task of eating. I don’t force our girls to eat – there is no “clean plate policy” here – but I do require the girls to sit in their chairs during mealtime. Taking away the lure of playing allows us all to have a [relatively] relaxed meal together, and – I think – may encourage the girls to appreciate their mama’s cooking a little more fully.
And in the spirit of even fuller disclosure, I do sometimes take advantage of having them contained, even for a couple of minutes. As they’re finishing their snack, I might slip upstairs to put in my contacts in blessed peace. I also have the girls sit in their highchairs for messier crafts – namely glue and finger paint.
Still, I know our girls can’t sit in highchairs forever. I bought some booster seats last week – ones that don't even have a belt!
I’m still working up to take them out of the package.
My plan is to continue to use highchairs for breakfast and lunch, but allow the girls to sit in the booster seats when the four of us are at home together, usually for supper. And I anticipate being pretty strict, especially the first week or so. We’ll obviously have the highchairs available. If you play, you go back in your highchair.
Baby steps here. But I feel really confident that we’ll have them transitioned by Kindergarten.