I walked into the front yard for just a few seconds. When I came in, I couldn't find Ami. Circling our very small downstairs, I realized there was only one place she could have gone. I found her upstairs, in Hope and Maddie's room, sucking on a pez candy.
I took the candy away.
What made this so funny to me was:
1. She hasn't really paid attention to the stairs before - hence the absence of a gate (now remedied). It's not like I'd ever caught her halfway up or anything - and yet she made it to the top in no time flat minus any falls or hesitation.
2. The room of all rooms that she chose to go into was Hope and Maddie's - no surprise, ALL the little tiny stuff is in there - it's a party for a baby!
3. Somehow, she managed to rummage through their shelf and find a pez dispenser which only had two candies in it. Then, she managed to open the dispenser, get out one of the candies, and put it in her mouth. All this - including climbing the stairs, in an extremely short amount of time.
4. She was clearly very proud of herself and also very fond of the candy - which, believe me, she truly tried to hide the fact that she had it in her mouth.