While I did do some changes to Michael's room to convert it from a nursery to a bedroom, one big nursery item still remains. The crib.
About a year ago, Andy and I discussed transitioning Michael from his crib to a toddler bed. In fact, we even purchased the side rail for the crib, so we can make the change at any time. We just kept putting it off. Around Christmas time, my mom got rid of her crib,the one that Michael napped in, and that's when he stopped napping all together. We decided not to risk night time sleep issues so Michael still sleeps in his crib.
I think for most kids, this wouldn't be an issue. They want out of their crib, they simply climb out. Not Michael. I've watched him throw his leg up over the rail at least 50 times, but he just won't commit to the risk. (What can I say, he's the product of two risk adverse parents.) So, we have never had a visitor in the middle of the night wanting to climb into bed with us, and we don't discover him asleep on the sofa in the morning. We place him in the crib at bedtime, and then we have to get him out in the morning.
Recently, he's been waking up as soon as Andy and I get up in the morning. He used to be content to stay in his crib for a little while, but now he calls for me to come and get him. I typically bring him into the master bedroom and he watches TV until I'm ready to go downstairs.
This morning it finally dawned on Michael that he didn't have to stay up there with me. One minute he was fishing off the side of the bed with Larry the Mommy snake, then next he was gone. I wandered out of the bathroom to find him heading down stairs. I backed off to see if he would brave the dark hallway, and sure enough, he did. 10 minutes later I came down to find him sitting on the sofa with the lights on and his magnadoodle in hand. I was very proud of him.
Now that he's made that connection, I'm wondering how long it will be before he realizes that he can climb out of his crib and go down anytime he wants. I'm not sure I'm looking forward to that.
Oh, and several of you had the same question about yesterday's post. Michael drinks strawberry milk, so that's why he throws up pink. I know...ewwww.