Monday, April 28, 2008

The Big Boy Bed

Ever since JJ climbed (and then fell) out of his crib we have been worried about him getting out again. Jerret’s idea to stop his ability to get out was to turn the crib around so that the low side (where we would typically reach in to grab him or lay him down) was facing the wall, and the higher side was facing out. This is all fine and dandy for Daddy who is 6’2” and has go-go-gadget arms. I, on the other hand, was having a heck of a time reaching down into the crib and had to ask him to stand up so that I could lift him out in the mornings.

The other day I was staring at him as he lay in his crib and I realized that he is a big boy! We didn’t need the stinking crib anymore, it was time for the big boy bed. So we converted his crib into the toddler bed, bought a rail to help prevent any falls, and tried it out. The big boy bed was a hit! JJ slept through the entire night and never once tried to get out of bed. Then Jerret had golf night. For some reason, when Daddy wasn’t there, JJ didn’t want to sleep in his bed. I didn’t have the energy to argue with him and I grabbed his blankets and laid them out on the floor. Surprisingly, it worked. JJ had no issue whatsoever with sleeping on the floor and we both feel asleep together until Daddy returned (and then we took some pictures).

Last weekend was a small carnival that I took JJ too. It was a cold, windy day, but here are some JJ pics before we left the house. A friend called to invite us over for a bit, and another friend was already there with her 4 kids, so I packed up JJ and off we went. Our friend has a 6 month old daughter who has hearing loss and has since been fitted with hearing aids. Of course, leave it to JJ to walk right up to that pretty baby and pull her hearing aid out of her ear. I don’t think he did it out of curiosity either, I think he just was being a bully and he wanted it for himself. He pulls this same stunt when he sees children with pacifiers in their mouth. He (who never used a pacifier in his life) will walk up and snatch the paci’s right out of the mouths or hands of whoever has them.


Tapsalteerie said...

Beckett's sleeping in a big bed now too. It's made mornings so much nicer as he just comes on downstairs when he wants to instead of wailing for someone to come get him!

Mom to 2 Angels said...

You guys are brave! We still haven't made the plunge to a big girl bed. C slept in his crib until he was almost 3!

SCmartins said...

Aliya would probably get up at 6 am or earlier every morning - so she stays in the crib for now!!!

jodi said...

ok so your gonna think i'm a bad mom but....Isaiah still sleeps with me and eric. one night I was going to give Isaiah some tough love and let him cry himself to sleep. after 15 min of nonstop screaming, i decided to check in on him. He had tried to get out of the crib, and fliped upside down but one of his legs was caught in between the railings (the only thing preventing him from falling on his head). Needless to say i was frantic, he was woozy from all the blood rushing to his brain. I never once put him in the crib after that. co-sleeping if it is good enough for the japanese than it's good enough for me. (glad i checked on him when i did, you know before he passed out!)