Brandon and I were talking the other day about how when Lillian was Andrew's age, she was already in her booster at the table. I had thought about it before, but wanted to get good use out of our highchair. I finally decided today to make the transition. I cleaned up the highchair and put it away and strapped the booster chair to the kitchen table. Wow, my kitchen looks so open and free without the extra furniture!
I went on from there and asked Brandon if he thought we still needed the baby gates out as well and we decided it was time to pack those away as well. Andrew can climb the stairs well and if he does go up without us noticing, he just cries until we come get him since he is scared to go down yet, so we really don't have the need to block him from getting to the stairs anymore.
It was freeing to take the gates down and vaccuum really good around where they were. They have been in place since Lillian was crawling! It is also amazing to just walk through the doorways without watching where you step. I have already noticed myself automatically still trying to step in the space where the gate was before. Hopefully the baby stuff will stay put away for another 2 years a least in our house! Here is a picture of Andrew enjoying his lunch from the kitchen table for the first time....oh and a picture of his new shirt I just had to get at Walgreens the other day since he spends most of his time at the house in just a shirt and diaper.