Friday, August 31, 2007

Mommy-proofing

Since Little Elvis is rolling all over the place, we decided it was time to start baby-proofing.

I already put those plug protectors in all our open outlets -- and those suckers are hard to get out! Especially when you have a wiggleworm in one arm and you just want to vacuum under the table.

Last weekend, we decided to put cabinet safety latches on the cabinets under our sink. These cabinets house our garbage can, trash bags for the can, ammonia, bug spray and dishwashing detergent. So, the latches are definitely needed. And when I sat "we," I mean Bob. I was feeding or playing with Little Elvis.

Bob tried to explain the concept of the latches to me, but I didn't pay rapt attention to him. I'm sure I was doing something with the baby, or really tired. And I'm not a baby, so those latches shouldn't be that difficult.

I was wrong. The next morning Bob left for work, and sometime around mid-morning I realized that I couldn't get to our trashcan.

I pushed the latch. I pulled the latch. I cursed the latch. I gave up on the latch and hung a grocery bag on a doorknob to collect my trash for the day.

I also didn't mention my latch issues to Bob when we talked on the phone. It's kind of embarrassing to admit that you can't open a child-proof latch.

So he didn't know of my issues until he walked into the kitchen to find a mostly full Wal-Mart bag hanging on the door. I got a demonstration that evening, but it still took me two days to figure it out.

Hopefully those latches will be just as vexing to Little Elvis.

2 Comments:

Blogger Mom Tu-Tu said...

The funniest thing is that kids can usually figure out childproof devices faster than we can! LOL!

12:00 PM  
Blogger Lainey-Paney said...

the plug covers are hard to get out. So there I go, with a butter knife to the outlet...yeah, that's what I want my child to see me doing!

...and a story about Gage & cabinet latches....he was at his Memaw's house, and she had the under-the-counter latches installed. Gage could juuuuuust barely get the door opened a bit. He got frustrated...pulled, & pulled....and pulled the door right freaking off the damn hinges. Yeah...the latch was still holding though.

2:12 PM  

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