Yesterday (with Daddy out of town) we made the transition...from crib and toddler bed to toddler bed and twin bed!!! Alex isn't even 2 yet and we were hoping to keep her in the crib until we move in 3 months - but that plan got thrown out the window when Alex learned how to climb out of her crib!
It all started about a week ago...one morning I woke up to the kids giggling and I headed into their room to check things out. To my shock Noah AND ALEX were sitting on top of the dresser! Noah's response was, "Look Mom, I helped Alex get out!" Definitely not a favor I wanted. So 2 days ago I put Alex down for her nap. She was pretty quiet, I assumed she was sleeping, but when I checked on her I caught her mid-climb. That's when I realized that all the things that had been sitting on top of the dresser were in her crib. She was climbing out onto the changing table, running across it to the dresser, and hauling things back to her crib!!! That night Alex woke up crying at 2am - I went to check on her and she was hanging halfway out of her crib. Then at 6:30am Alex came running into my room and said, "Mommy, I got out!" So, after escaping 3 times in 2 days I knew there was no going back. The crib days were over. Sad, for more than one reason: that she's growing up so fast and also that I can no longer keep her contained at naptime and in the early morning hours!
So, yesterday, all by myself, I took down the crib, hauled in Noah's "bed" which in our house means boxspring and mattress (hey, that's what Paul and I are sleeping on), and rearranged all the furniture (multiple times). Let me tell you, it was NOT easy to fit everything in that little room! I was worried it wasn't going to work but I managed to pull it off. There's not an inch of wall space left and all the furniture is butting up to each other but...it works.
Alex is very excited about her "big girl bed"
That is, until it's time to take a nap - which hasn't happened for 2 days now!
It took Noah some time to warm up to the idea...okay he had a complete emotional breakdown. Poor kid, he thought this meant we were moving, which he does NOT want to do. It was so sad, I was fighting back tears as I tried to comfort him! He eventually got on board with the idea though and is now very excited to show daddy that we "changed the room!" He even helped me re-hang his favorite pictures: a huge world map and a dinosaur poster, both directly over his bed.
I talked to Noah a lot about how we'd have to help Alex learn to sleep in her big girl bed now. He was so sweet he decided to pass down his treasured, giant, stuffed Nemo which he's been sleeping with since he was 1. Now he makes sure to give it to Alex when she goes to bed. He also "accidentally" woke her up her first night in the bed at 10pm because he was rubbing her back and filling up her bed with all her babies! Annoying, but sweet at the same time : )
I have a feeling this might be happening a lot...
I can't believe I don't have a kid in a crib! Now if we could just get Alex out of her diapers...