One of the scariest, most stressful stages of a baby's development into toddlerhood occurs when they learn to climb stairs...without knowing how to come back down...never checking for bum room before deciding to sit down half-way up the stairs for a rest. I don't like this stage. As soon as they start climbing stairs, I start trying to teach them to come down on their own. Ellie hasn't had a fall yet and I dread the inevitable one that is waiting to happen. Hopefully someone will be there to catch her. Charlie is such a mother hen and screams if she sees Ellie approach the top of one of the five flights of stairs in their house.
Here she is on her way up - probably wondering what the big deal is. She's so proud of herself.