Thursday, May 03, 2007

Houdini...Again

Or maybe I should just call him Spiderman.

Nicholas has figured out that he can climb out of his crib. Technically, he has been able to do this for over a year now, but has only done it on 3 or 4 different occasions. Yesterday he climbed out 5 times.

It began at naptime. He had fallen asleep in the car at 11:00 for about 10 minutes. We then had lunch with Daddy and came home for naptime. The brief 10 minute nap through him off. He couldn't fall asleep, and was playing and talking in his crib when I left him. I read to Katie, and left her to take a nap since she has been extra tired lately (I'm thinking growth spurt), and I went to lie in my bed and read. (I have been fighting with bad allergies, asthma, and a cold.)

Several minutes later I hear the pitter patter of little footsteps downstairs. There is Nicholas running around the kitchen table with a big grin on his face. He had climbed out of his bed. I put him back in, but he climbed out a few minutes later again. So I rocked him to sleep.

That night, he again climbed out two more times before finally falling asleep on his own. At 2 A.M. a voice called Mama and came wandering down the hall to our bed.

Seems like it is time for the big boy bed.

I have delayed this day as long as possible. Nicholas has never been a great nighttime sleeper. But lately he has been sleeping all the way through the night at least once a week. I was hoping to have him sleeping through the night, every night, before putting him in his regular bed. It doesn't look like this is going to happen.

I am fairly sure the next several nights will be a challenge as we teach him to stay in his bed, and even more importantly, not to fall out. But what hasn't been a challenge with this 2 year old thus far?

3 comments:

mom-in-training said...

I think the whole sleeping challenge with toddlers is the hardest by far. Now that Amy has been weaned off nursing, she's lost the thing that always put her to sleep at night. So now I sit in my bed with her while she plays until she finally gets tired enough to start fighting sleep. Then I gently hold her down and sing to her (through her crying) until she falls asleep. It's making for late nights for Amy and long nights for me!

Good luck with the big boy bed. You never know. He may take to it really well since he sees Katie getting into her big girl bed every night. Just really play up the whole BIG BOY thing! :)

Mom to Four said...

Well, at least he waited until now, unlike Nicole at 18 months!

We are getting ready to move Mr. Andrew to a big bed in the other room with Jacob and Nicole. Someone else needs the crib.

Now, hopefully this does not sound cruel, but with Nicole we had to put one of those child safety things on the door knob on the inside of the bedroom door. She was a determined little bugger. That way she could not let herself out, but I could come check on her. I think we will have to do the same with Andrew. He can open any door. We always keep the monitor on anywya so it is not like we could not hear them. It might work for Nick. The other thing too is that we start them out with a matress on the floor until they get used to it.

Good luck!!!

Mom to Four said...

garden photos please!