Last week I was under the weather, and had to figure out how to keep the little ladies entertained/contained while trying to take it easy. One thing I did was to close the kitchen door and put a gate at the other entry way and let them play in the kitchen while I did dishes or just sat in a chair and tried to rest. They loved the change of scenery, and the kitchen was actually pretty easy to baby-proof. As long as they weren't wearing socks, they got along really well on the linoleum, and I think they enjoyed having a little more freedom to roam. What this taught me was that now that the girls are more steady on their feet, I can actually just take them from room to room and get things done around the house. I don't just have to use their nap times to try and clean like a mad woman anymore!! Today, they hung out in our bedroom while I cleaned our bathroom (I semi-baby proofed the bedroom first -- and then had to do it for real when I found Naomi teething on a wire hanger -- whoops!). This was such a relief for me, and I have noticed that they are really able to get their energy out and satisfy some of that wonderful 14 month old curiosity about the world around them when they are a little freer to roam. I call it their "free range chicken time"! I think with having two at once, Patrick and I are not always jumping the gun to see the girls into their next stages of development and independence. It feels safer and more manageable sometimes to get into a routine and just stay there. I am learning though, that it is really important for us to step out there with the girls and to take risks. They catch on really quickly, and they need us to foster their growth even if it all seems to be happening too fast for our comfort! I have found such joy in having my girls "follow" me around while I try and take care of our home. Here are a couple of pictures from our photo shoot during Thanksgiving weekend (courtesy of TimAlina Photography) - I will be posting more later this week!