Friday, May 14, 2010

It's In! Joey's Big Boy Bed

Many-a-blog-post later, I've finally set up Joey's toddler bed.  He's still pretty excited about it, and still checks to make sure it's still there several times a day.

I'm proud to say that I managed to put the bed together mostly by myself.  I did have to call in some help when I managed to crack one of the cross bars.  How was I supposed to know that there were different sizes of bolts??? They all looked the same to me.

Luckily, this little mishap doesn't affect the functionality of Joey's new sleeping arrangement.  We put some wood glue on it and a little duct tape, and voila! good as new.

Once Ron took apart his crib, we moved the bed in, set it up with his mattress and special train quilt from his great-grandma.  Isn't it adorable???

He made sure to move every blankie and binkie that he could find onto his bed, and sleeps in a big heap of shiny edged pink, purple, green, and blue blankies.

Getting Joey to go to bed has been surprisingly easy.  We do the usual routine of books, hugs, kisses, and covering up.  He knows when I leave the room it's over, there is no sense in calling for me to come back, and he's been really good about going to sleep.  It's getting him to stay asleep past 6am that has been a challenge.  And his naps have been annoyingly short.  He is getting significantly less sleep than he was say, a month ago, and it is really affecting his mood.  And mine.

As far as being comfortable in his new bed, I'm not so sure.  As excited as he is, three times when I went in to check on him this is how I found him:

Not sure what this is about.  Why did we bother to spend money on a bed when the child prefers to sleep on the floor?  I know he's not falling out because he takes his binkies and blankies with him.  I have a feeling he's just testing his new found freedom.  Like, "I'm going to sleep on the floor because I can if I want to."  I wonder how many more nights I'm going to find him like this.  Maybe it will save us money in the long run because we won't ever have to buy him another bed.  Imagine that several years from now.  My teenage son has a toddler bed in his room and sleeps on the floor next to it.  Now that will be a good blog post.


Christy said...

LOL! I woould LOVE to see the picture of him as a teen sleeping next to his toddler bed!

And I WISH my daughter would stay in her bed. We moved her to a toddler bed at about 20 months so the baby would be able to have the crib. She LOVED it!

And then I also started taking pictures of her sleeping half on her bed and half off, sleeping under her bed, etc.

She did well with actually going to sleep for a while, but now she is constantly getting up and playing and getting stuck somewhere...I really wish we could have more sleeping going on!

Marie said...

That's hysterical! Gracie slept next to her door for about a week when we switched her.

Mary Ellen said...

So glad to hear that Joey's not the only one who's having issues sleeping IN his bed! hahaha.

Carolyn Watson-Dubisch said...

Ohh! That is such a cute photo of his sleeping next to his bed! :)


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