I started a post three weeks ago to commemorate the fact that Joshie FINALLY decided to get up off his rear and start crawling, but I never finished it or posted it. Such is life for a third child's milestones.
Now that post is sadly outdated because as of this weekend, he has mastered stairs. The "up" part he got pretty quickly after just one assisted trip up the stairs. It only took one almost-fall for him to realize that he needed to turn around to do the "down" part, but he had a hard time figuring out how to get turned around to come down backwards. Two straight days of practice and 100 supervised assists in the launch down the stairs and he's got it!
Just in the nick of time, too, because before he figured out how to get down, he figured out how to scale the baby gate. In their frequent trips up and down the stairs, the Bigs often knocked the gate over to about a 70 degree angle instead of it's fully upright position. Josh could handle getting over that no big deal, but on more than one occasion we found him halfway over the fully upright baby gate, clinging for dear life like a little monkey scaling a tree.
The caboose has officially mastered stairs and the baby gates are on their way out the door - hallelujah!