Monday, July 26, 2010

Let Freedom Ring

IT has happened here. After 3 years, plus another solid month of talking it up, we finally made the much anticipated and dreaded switch.

In other words the walls have come down. The cage with no ceiling is history. The rushing waters of enthusiasm are no longer dammed. Give him liberty or give him sleep.

Lord help us, we have moved Lukas from his crib to a twin bed.

(Before decorations. Mama called the Doctor &the Doctor said....)

Actually, we are two nights in here and day one couldn't have started any better. We spent all Saturday afternoon and evening making the transition. Tearing apart the crib, rearranging the room, moving in the twin bed. Then by the time we had finally readied our son for bedtime I read him a couple of stories followed by Mrs. LIAYF spending about another half hour preparing him by explaining that once he was in bed for the night, he needed to stay there. period. Then she left.

Exactly 7 minutes later from downstairs we heard him jump down and scurry around his room.

Two minutes after that, Mrs. LIAYF having snuck up, opened his door. He was startled. Without a word he bolted to the bed making a diving leap back in. The image of this still cracks me up. He promised he would stay there. We were skeptical, but he then dozed off and slept for the next nine hours!

Maybe this transition thing wouldn't be as difficult as we had feared.

Last night? Um, slightly different story. Mrs. LIAYF's first trip up was a mere 5 minutes in. He was looking out the window. Not long after that he was up again. We gave it a few minutes, but couldn't be too upset with him because when his mother poked her head in he had turned on the light and was 'reading' books to some of his stuffed animals. It was cute.

And so it went. After the 5th or 6th trip up the stairs to coax him back to bed, Mrs. LIAYF told Lukas she would take away his lamp if he turned it on again. That was just before MIDNIGHT!

That final threat apparently worked though, as at 12:23 we called it. He was finally asleep. Thankfully, when I left the house at 7:30 he still hadn't woken up.

It should be an interesting week.

13 comments:

Captain Dumbass said...

At least Mrs. LIAYF is getting some good cardio in.

Eric said...

Yeah.. It never ends..

DadStreet said...

Oh man, I am so not looking forward to that day! I love our little prison cell and loathe for the day both our babies are free from their confines to stalk us in the middle of the night! LOL Good luck!!

Steve said...

I'd gloat about how smooth the transition was for my son except that 18 months on he has evolved to treat sleep as an entirely unnecessary evil.

Good luck with the rest of the week(/month/year/childhood).

Mighty M said...

Such an exciting change to the big boy bed - love the sight of him jumping up and down on it! Hope things get a little easier this week!

morethananelectrician said...

Congratulations to the big boy!! IN this house, that was when it was time to fill the crib with another kid. :(

Insomniac Mummy said...

Ah the joys! Prepare for lots of 4am awakenings when a small person crawls into your bed for cuddles. Cute the first few times....

We've just moved our 14 month old into the same room as her brother. I'm expecting never to sleep again!

:)

Didactic Pirate said...

When I jump on OUR big boy bed, my wife doesn't think it's nearly as cute. I don't get it.

Keith Wilcox said...

Oh, I remember when my sister transitioned her oldest into his big boy bed. That kid just would not get to sleep. Sounds like your adventure went pretty smoothly. He must be a pretty easy going kid (my sister's kid is a terror). Well, anyway, good for you guys! Now the trick will be to just adjust the hours back by a few :-)

PJ Mullen said...

Sounds like fun...ugh. We had a toddler bed in our son's room for a few months. We increased security measures, including putting all of his clothes in bins in the closet since I couldn't find anything that would work on the bureau drawers to keep them shut. I tried in earnest to get him to sleep at nap time to no avail. Just before our daughter was born her OB pleaded with her to not attempt the transition with a new baby in the house. As a result the toddler bed went on Craigslist and crib #2 took its place. Fun times.

Surfer Jay said...

Nice job. My wife wants to start with the bed now at 25 months....I'm afraid, very afraid.

SciFi Dad said...

Wow, you went straight to the bed, eh? We did it in stages: first the crib mattress on the floor beside the crib, then out of the room beside the twin, and finally into the twin.

Your way sounds a lot easier.

FilmFather said...

Ah, the "big boy bed." We just moved Dash's little brother into one about two months ago. I'm probably jinxing it, but so far he doesn't realize he could get up and leave his room if he wanted to...gives me and the missus time to grab showers, prep breakfast, etc.

Best of luck...cute video.