My dd turned 1 last week and although she's not walking yet she's VERY active. She had a big playpen to play in (2m x 2m) and she's been reasonably content in that, but in the last week she has been quite unhappy to go in there most of the time. She wants to be out & exploring. BUT, we have open plan L-shaped lounge/dining/kitchen with no easy way to block off any large portion of it (hence the mega playpen).
In the blink of an eye this afternoon she followed my 5yo ds to the toilet - first I knew was when I heard 'I don't want you in here!' - I hadn't seen her for about 10 seconds! Then she was behind me (lounge chairs face away from kitchen & dining room) and I thought she was happily playing (she'd been in that spot for about 30 seconds) and then she cried and she had fallen and was lying down next to the leg of the table .. I'm not sure if she hit the table leg or not ... she wasn't that distressed, but I was!
How on earth do I manage? She's been sick and she might be happier in the playpen when she's not sick, but I doubt it. I'm at home alone with her most days (school holidays at the moment) and at this rate I won't be able to sit down at all unless she's eating in the highchair or asleep. Please tell me it's not that bad.
I went back to full time work when my ds was 12 months old and I remember this phase was difficult. We blocked off the lounge/dining area from the rest of the house for him, but we've since changed where the tv goes and there's also more bookshelves and all of ds's toys in the area so it's a lot more tricky. I'm at a loss.