Tuesday, November 27, 2007
My littlest girl is growing up... Sigh. This weekend we moved her out of the crib and into a 'big-girl' toddler bed. We did it now for a few reasons. First, she has been wanting to climb up onto Hannah's bottom bunk in the girls' room and pretends to sleep on it, complete with tucking a blanket around her and snuggling with her stuffed animals (yes, it's darn cute! See the picture below...). She loves climbing onto the bed in our room as well. She's also tall for her age and I've noticed a few times where her little feet have gotten stuck between the crib slats - something that might be contributing to her midnight awakenings, I think. And, the timing worked out perfectly for a swap as well.
You see, my friend Mary is pregnant - her baby is due on Becca's 2nd birthday, in January. They have 2 older kids (10 and 4) but had gotten rid of all of their baby gear after Emma grew out of it. The crib that they thought they could use didn't work out, but they did have a wooden toddler bed that Emma is no longer using.
Cue *light bulb over head* moment that I had in the van while driving back from Detroit a couple of weeks ago...
We have a crib - Becca is ready for a toddler bed. Mary has a toddler bed but needs a crib. I'm sure you can see where I'm going with this.
Our crib converts into a toddler bed, but even on the lowest setting is still too high for Becca to climb in and out of easily. But in order to get her used to the idea, we went ahead and converted it last weekend, like this:
She did really well sleeping in it, with just a couple of exceptions. Then, when Mary came up, Ron took the crib apart (Abby helped - she was so proud that she was allowed to use the screwdriver, LOL). and we put the toddler bed in it's place. Then Ron loaded the crib parts into Mary's van and we were all set. :)
Becca is very excited about having her own 'big-girl' bed that she can climb in and out of by herself!
Now I just have to figure out what to do about the fact that she's always slept in the other direction! We'll probably look at re-arranging her room a bit to get the bed facing correctly with her head where it's supposed to be. Her room is a bit trashed after the weekend anyway, so that's the rest of my tackle for this week - to get Becca's room all set and figure out pillow and blankets and all of that. She's slept in the toddler bed for 3 nights now with no fuss, no climbing out when we don't want her to be and very little waking up in the middle of the night. We'll see how it goes from here.
My baby is growing up! *sniff*
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