Jake and hardwood floors no longer jive. Getting the house carpeted is not happening (dude leaks pee 24/7 and even the best diapers in the world fail every now and then and it’s easier to replace area rugs). So my solution, lily pads.
I mean he eats frogs. Why not be one.
The lily pads help him maneuver at a more upright position. He may knuckle, his legs may not be at all steady, but he can still stand for a bit on the pads and that helps lesson his frustration and muscle strain.
So if you come to our home (and you are always welcome) you should know that the random floor carpets and yoga mats are supposed to be there. Although many ask ‘did you mean to drop this yoga mat right here, in the foyer?’. This has been a hard transition for the interior decorator that lives inside my soul. Love is better than decorating. (I chant that daily).
Jake hops from surface to surface, just like in the game Frogger. And sometimes, when on the small patch of hardwood, or if he veers off course because he sees food in the kitchen, it is truly as if a car runs him over. SPLAT! (the good news is that these patches are helping him learn to drag).
Why do you keep calling me a yogi? I’m a frog-dog.
The path from foyer to fireplace.
The trip to the mudroom (behind the couch option).
The trip to the mudroom – shortcut option.
We have the same set-up upstairs for my little frogger.