So this third child of ours has totally thrown me for a loop!
My first two stayed in the crib until they were at least 3 years old.
Now I know that is crazy, but hey, why mess with a good thing?!?
They weren't escaping and I liked knowing exactly where they were at night/nap time.
Welllllll, all the sudden last night, the baby decided he wanted NO part of bedtime, NO part of the crib, and NO part of being left alone in his room.
Mind you, up until this point he has been a FABULOUS sleeper!
12 hours at night, 2-3 hour naps...
Soooooo, after repeated attempts at rocking, having him barely asleep...him jolting awake at the teeniest creak in floor I decided to just throw him in there...throw caution to the wind and pray he closed those little eyes.
Of course not.
Now, mind you, we didn't exactly plaaaaan for baby number three, so the poor guy is stuck up in no man's land.
His room is up above the garage.
On the second floor.
With his very own kitchen/living room/bathroom.
It was designed to be more of an "in-law suite". We didn't plan on that room ever being a nursery.
Evidently neither Jeff nor I paid attention in health class...
But alas, we love our spirited little baby and cannot imagine life without him.
He has always been up there and it's never been an issue.
In fact, it has been great because he can sleep and the big kids can have a monster truck show down here and he can't hear it.
So anyhoo, last night, I throw him in the bed, bolt outta the room, shut the door, sprint through the living room up there and close the door at the top of the stairs.
Next thing I know I hear "boom-boom"....pitter patter, pitter patter, pitter patter....then said door at top of stairs opens and there he is in all his glory, so proud he has escaped the confines of the dreaded crib.
This ain't happening.
You are 20 months old.
Back to the crib.
So, yeah, I did this about 2 dozen times...until I was at my wit's end.
Daddy decided to take over....PTL!
After about 20 minutes or so (10:30 PM...we had been trying since 7:30 PM)daddy comes down and says he's asleep.
I said, What did you do!?!?!
He said, I got in the crib with him.
That's one way of getting it done.
Needless to say, nap time was not easy today.
I put one gate at his door and figured if all else fails at least he'll be in room.
I put another gate up and he pushed it over like a toy.
Finally, I laid on the floor beside his crib and played watchdog while reading the latest FB status updates.
But I CANNOT do that everyday/night!!!!
So, I am ordering this:
And I hope it works....
Next thing you know I will be ordering these...
I never thought I'd be one of those people that leashed their children.
I really do wish I had seen this before though:
Oh well, as grandma always says...
This too shall pass, this too shall pass.
Now somebody hand me the whiskey.