Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Die Another Way

When Ryan and I bought our house five years ago we were young, and free, and not thinking about children. We fell in love with the house for it's new kitchen, mature trees, central location, and big porch. We loved it so much we were willing to overlook everything that made it hazardous for children. Very, very hazardous for children. The pond. The sharp corners. The old heating registers that aren't quite attached to the wall. Oh, and, of course, the death stairs.
That's right, for the past five years we have lived with a seven foot drop immediately off the kitchen. For the past five years every time we have had a child, or a drunk person, visiting we have warned them about the drop off, sucked air through our teeth and grabbed them when they got near the drop off, and prayed no one would fall off the drop off and sue us.

We always talked about getting a railing put there, but just never did it. Then Meg was born, and we knew time was ticking down. When she started crawling, time was up.


I would love to say I did it myself, but I didn't. I did write the check myself though, so I think that counts for something.

All night I have been in the back hall, marveling at the new railing. I would touch it, but Joe (who is now right up there with Rick, and Frank in my book) said not to wiggle it for 48 hours to let the glue around the bolts set. I so want to wiggle it, but I want it too be sturdy more. After all, I have a baby to protect.

Now, I guess we just have to do something about the pond.

11 comments:

Amanda said...

Do you now need the baby gate for the stairs?

Drama Queen said...

The "Death" stairs - how funny! It sounds like something I would have called them, too...I'm so glad it's not just me who makes up nicknames for things!

The new railing looks good - and should be safe! Way to go!

Riot Kitty said...

That would be a death drop for me, and I don't even drink! Seriously, it looks good the way you...wrote the check :)

LL Cool Joe said...

When we were going through the adoption process the social workers would come around to our house and tell us all the things we had to do to make the house safe. Get rid of the glass tables, gates on every flight of stairs, stickers on glass doors etc.

The railing does look good! Will you keep it as natural wood or paint it?

Aging Mommy said...

Oh my, those stairs and that drop would definitely have resulted in catastrophe. Now they look nice and safe with that railing

Kelly said...

See you were already babyproofing! Way to be safe Mama! Also, good for drunken friends. Maybe you can get a deduction on your homeowners insurance for babyproofing and drunk proofing?

Jules said...

Whew! Now I can drink freely at your house!!

Sam said...

Wow, I was scared just looking at that photo. Love the title, and am a big fan of throwing money at the problem. :)

Good luck with the pond (Saran wrap?)

Waiting Lisa said...

My husband is a claim's adjustor for home owner's insurance and he is always pointing out things that are hazards. He's kind of obsessed. I am pretty sure that picture would make his head explode. I am forwarding it to him now.

Dual Mom said...

The railing looks as though it's always been there. Good job Mr. Construction guys.

The pond - fill it in. Or fence it in if you're going to let little Miss in the yard alone for more than 5 seconds.

Kim said...

Much better solution than putting industral strength fly paper around the perimeter of every room.