|E checking out his new stool: How sturdy is this dowel? Can I sit on it??|
In the past few weeks, E has decided that he wants to be front and center whenever I'm doing something in the kitchen. In fact, he wants to be in the middle of it when I'm not doing anything at all. He'll walk over to the pantry, pull my apron off the hook, wait for me to put it on and then push the dining room chair to the counter so he can climb up and get into position (for what, I don't know). Then he looks at me expectantly like I've got a zillion fun things up my sleeve. Seriously, talk about pressure to perform. Side note: that's how he ended up with oatmeal cookies at 10 a.m. this week. In my defense, it was his half birthday (if I say it often enough, I think I can make it a thing).
Right so, the chair situation isn't exactly what I would call safe. I'm able to push the chair next to a corner of the counter, which means only one side is exposed, but sometimes he bumps the back of the chair and I swear he's going to take the whole thing down. A friend of mine (hey, Jody!) recently built her daughter a step stool with rails and I decided this would be perfect for E. Even better, it's easy to build and affordable to boot. Here's the original post from Mint in the Middle. My friend's stool looks just like that one, but she painted it different colors. Our stool ended up slightly different because we had some measurement issues.
Here's K enjoying her new stool.