I think our daughter watched a little TOO much Olympic gymnastics and diving! Thursday night my 18 month old to the day, 31.5 inches tall, and 21 pound “baby” displayed her first perfect dismount from her crib. Even her bunny (lovey blanket) somehow made the jump, making it the perfect 10.
It was one of those moments when you instantly think “oh shit…this could get ugly”. My husband and I were relaxing on the couch catching up on some Masterchef and playing footsies after I put her down. She fussed a bit then after a few minutes we both glanced curiously at each other like did you hear that? It was the pitter-patter of little feet entering the room with a little smirk and then a hop onto the couch with us. I couldn’t help myself but to start cracking up laughing, seriously where does this child come from? Oh yeah, that is right-she is my replica; my poor husband. I jumped out of the crib at 9 months. “So she doubled your time in the crib at least” my mom stated unsympathetically. I could almost feel her shit eating grin through the phone and the whisper of….payback is a bitch.
We put her back in the crib and watched from outside the room as she hoisted herself up and wrapped her leg eloquently over the top again like she was mounting the beam so that was the last straw for that night. We let her fall asleep on the couch and then put her back in. I went to bed PRAYING it was a rare occurrence and that we didn’t wake up magically with her in bed with us. She’s still so young and does not obey me when I tell her to stop. How is she going to comprehend this is your big girl bed, now stay the F in it until 7am…or else mommy and daddy (especially) may lose their shit?!?! People tell me they have their kids trained to stay in their rooms until a certain time and I am just amazed by that. I hope someday we can have a child as disciplined and courteous.
SO…the crib worked well for the past three nights. But this morning we awoke to hear her on the monitor chugging her water, a little crying to say get me out, then not even a minute later a major THUMP. Half asleep my heart was instantly in my throat, I sprinted to her room and was petrified she hurt herself. Luckily she was fine, standing up, just scared. Last straw, time to convert her to a big girl bed.
I must say I love our Baby Cache convertible crib. It was effortless to put together, lower the mattress, and now remove the front panel to create the toddler bed. It seriously took my hubby 7 minutes. Somehow, someway I remembered the “special place” I put the directions in! Miraculous! She loves the idea of her big girl bed so far.
It could be a couple of interesting upcoming nights of back and forth to her room. I hope she doesn’t decide to raid the fridge and pantry, Daddy get’s his beauty sleep so he isn’t a bear the entire time, and most importantly she learns that this is her room, her private sanctuary to chill.
As I type she is taking her first nap in her big girl bed.
As you can see in this picture she attempted to put her Dora PJ’s she loves oh so much on (not sure when/how she acquired this love for Dora). She raided her PJ drawer while we spent some down time in her room pre-nap. I laid there for an HOUR while she bopped around. If I left the room, she left the room. If I shut the door, she screamed. Finally, after she dressed herself in her Dora PJ’s she laid back, played with her Violet and asleep she went. AHHHHHH!
There is one thing I wish at this present time I MAY have considered doing a little differently from the get-go. I LOVE our Sony monitors and always have. They don’t require batteries, came with two rechargeable monitors (one which we only used for back up because our house isn’t that big), and never had interference issues. Oh and I we can go down to the fire pit in our back yard and still hear everything perfectly. I remember the big debate between if we wanted a typical monitor or a video monitor. I figured since we did not have two stories and had a small house there was no need. Plus, if I did have a video monitor I would be that psychotic mom watching to see if their kid was breathing.
I had also heard mixed reviews on monitors with the video option. We have great friends who have the Summer Infant Secure Sight Handheld Video Monitor with the extra camera and they love it. Ever since we have visited them from day one, I won’t lie I was slightly jealous we didn’t splurge on the video monitor because it is cool to see your little ones at rest. (Or lack thereof in our case most times.) Now with 2 children: a baby and an almost 2 year old, they can scroll from room to room to see what each one is up to, there is a clear video and sound and you can see a good portion of the room. It is great because they too just switched their daughter to a “big girl bed” and she is SO well behaved that she will sit in her room and play. When they see her get out of her bed, just walking down the hallway she scurries back into her room and back to bed she goes. Us, on the other hand will have to stalk our daughter from another room so she doesn’t see us and go bonkers to want out of her room.
Well, 40 minutes into her nap she woke up and realized I wasn’t there. I got there quick enough to intervene and lay back down with her and asleep she went again. Oh…I’m scared tonight is not going to be a good night! But, you never know…she may surprise us! Keep you posted!