Friday, January 1, 2010

Joey's Big Boy Bed!!

I've known it's been coming for awhile...

Joey has been holding onto the rail of his crib and jumping in such a way that I don't know how he hasn't catapulted himself out and onto his head yet. He tosses and turns in his sleep so much, and has gotten so big that he bumps his head on the crib rails several times a night, often waking himself up. He's been asking to sleep in a big bed...

There's no way around it. It's time to get rid of the crib and put him in a big boy bed. And this time, we're not simply sticking the crib up in the attic for a few months until it's time to get it down for the next little Wells kiddo. This time, it's good-bye to the crib for us. I'm a little sad, but hopefully Harvest House will find someone who will get as much love and use out of it as we have...

We don't really do the toddler bed thing. I'm not even sure I knew what a toddler bed was when we moved Conner out of the crib. We just happened to already have a twin bed, so we put the mattress on the floor (so he wouldn't be falling far if he rolled off). Then when he got used to sleeping in it and stayed on it pretty good, we put the mattress up on the bed. That's what we did for Micah, and that was the plan for Joey, too.

...and then my grandmother passed away this fall, and there was a full-size bed and matching dresser that needed a home. So we snatched that right up!

So now, Joey is on a full-size mattress (with cute little sheets that he got for Christmas) on the floor of his room, waiting to get good enough at staying on it that we can put it up on the bed. The old, pretty much worn out, not-so-nice chest of drawers that was in his room has been moved, and he now has a nicer dresser with a mirror. I think GweGwe would just be tickled pink to know that the bedroom suite that she and my grandfather bought just after they were married is now being loved and used by their youngest great-grandson.

So...this morning Bret set to work disassembling the crib. He of course, had lots of helpers.

At one point, Conner came into the kitchen with a ziplock full of screws and other random small parts. I played it up real big, pretending to get on to him for taking apart my furniture. He thought that was hilarious. So then Micah came in with a few parts, too.

(Yes, his underwear is on backwards. They're new, and he wanted to wear them where he could see the picture.)

About halfway through, we considered just stopping and keeping what was left for use as a cage. :)

Then Bret took the crib away, and we had to wait for him to go pick up the mattress and bring it home. Wouldn't you know it was naptime...and there was no bed in Joey's room. So I made a pallet, and figured that if nothing else, we might at least be able to get a little bit of downtime. And then, believe it or not, Joey actually went to sleep in that pile of blankets!

Then Bret came home with the mattress, and we had to jump on it...

and then we got the bedding on it and we had to jump on it again...

and then we had to put on our responsible parent hats and stop the fun to lay down the law. No more jumping or karate on the bed! Conner and Micah, this is Joey's new bed, and it is for sleeping, not wrestling. ;)

Now, having done this switching-to-a-big-boy-bed-thing a few times, we thought we knew what to expect. We were fully prepared for Joey to have an extremely hard time settling down and going to sleep, and figure that he'll wake up in the middle of the night and pull out all the toys. We expect that everytime he rolls over and opens his eyes the tiniest little bit, for him to be reminded that he is in a different bed and suddenly be wide awake. But leave it to the youngest to remind us that we are not -- and never will be -- parenting experts. That child went right to sleep (well, after he made it quite clear that he would not be sleeping under the covers, that is), and hasn't made a single little peep yet.He just looks so tiny in that big ol' bed!

I wonder what the night will bring...

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3 comments:

Bonnie said...

I just love how kids can make a party out of anything! (and you are to be commeneded for letting them & fostering it.) I particularly love that picture where Conner & Micah are wrestling, but Joey seems to be ready to settle down for a sleep. He knows what his bed is really for!

Gammie said...

He looks so tiny! It isn't often that we get to say that about the 3rd jolly green giant;)
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Rachel said...

I remember that day I wish me Micah and Josiah could all together again