Ok, so we have two gates. The one guarding the stairwell is obvious... babies don't bounce. The one to the kitchen, that only makes sense when you realize dry and wet cat food sits on the tile floor. Especially when the wet (nasty, four-day-old-fish-smell) cat food comes out, it's like a black hole suddenly swirls to life, drawing, levitating, our child toward the kitchen. Quite disconcerting indeed to have your kid peering down through the mesh of the baby gate, looking at the cat food going, "hoot! hoot! hoot! hoot!"
Of course, sometimes the gate is down anyway...
Ellen: "No no no! No baby! No cat food for you!"
Olivia: "BAH BAH BAH BAH bweee BAH BAH!!!"
An aside... less than ten months in, and they're already yelling at each other... year 13 does not look good.
Ellen: "Just because it fits in the mouth does not mean you get to eat it!"
Scott: "No kidding! It was all I could do to keep her from eating quarters upstairs."
Ellen: "Oh that's all I need."
Scott: "Yeah, another Doctor--"
Ellen: "The doctor's not what I'd be worried about. I can just hear the daycare lady, [in lilting Persian accent] 'I'm very very sorry, but you are feeding Olivia the wrong thing again!'"