the big boy bed
Realistically, I have anywhere from 3-5 weeks left before Baby Rigney #2 arrives on the scene. And at this point, I can’t say that I feel overly confident (or confident at all!) in my abilities to balance life with two little ones, ages two and under!
I’m definitely not naive to the fact that there is going to be quite the learning curve, especially in the beginning. And I’m not assuming that just because I’ve had one child that I’m automatically prepared for two!
However, there has been one thing that I’ve been banking on to help me. Just one.little.thing (in addition to the grace of God, of course) that I was certain would help me with the new adjustment.
That One Thing was the fact that we were planning to keep Sam in his crib and our newborn in our room for the first few months; each child having their own bed, safe and secure, and Unable To Get Out! This way, if I needed 15 minutes to take a shower, I could. If I needed 10 minutes to run to the basement and start a load of laundry (without the fear of Sam sitting on the baby), no problem! I’d just put Sam in the crib with some books and the baby in the bassinet. Shower taken. Laundry done. Crisis averted.
And then things changed. (Don’t they always?!)
I went in to get Sam from his nap the other day and found this…
My child. Completely naked. And climbing out of his crib. He was actually diving head first towards the hardwood floors and I caught him (I almost went into labor doing so, but the important thing is that I did in fact catch him). And the naked thing? Don’t get me started. I’m hoping it’s a phase, but the kid just prefers to live a more “natural” lifestyle. Actually, he just recently began taking off his pajamas and yelling, “Diaper Off!”, almost as a threat if we didn’t hurry up and retrieve him from his crib. “You better come in and get me or the diaper is coming OFF!”
I was on the phone with Joe within two minutes explaining to him what had happened, and by that evening, we had bought and assembled Sam’s first big boy bed.
This milestone was not on our radar, on purpose. We were hoping to keep Sam in his crib for as long as we could. However, all things considered, we’re actually really happy this change took place before we bring the baby home.
And here’s the wonderful part: Sam loves, and I mean loves, his big boy bed. I know this transition can be really tricky for a lot of kids, but for whatever reason, Sam has really taken to his bed.
He did not get out of his bed a single time the first night and he actually stayed in bed until we came in and got him the next morning. Naps have been the same way. We know this might not always be the case, so we are just thankful that for now it seems to be a really smooth and fun transition for him! Oh, and a fully clothed one as well- thank the Lord!
I guess I’ll just have to come up with another way to take a shower and do laundry in a few weeks.