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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

big boy bed

In about twenty minutes, the Bear's brand new big boy bed will be delivered.

We hadn't planned to get him a bed quite this soon.  We liked the fact that he is contained in the cot, and that for whatever reason, my climbing monkey hadn't ever thought to climb out of it.

But on Monday night, I made a discovery.

It was about 6pm, and the Bear was in his room.  I thought I'd grab the opportunity to try to read him a story.  (I know, I know, what was I thinking - the Bear doesn't listen to stories.)  I sat down with him on my lap, and read "Each peach pear plum, I spy - Bear, what are you doing?  Come out from under the co..." 

And that's when I saw it.  The base of the cot was sagging, just a bit.  I pulled myself up from the floor, using the cot as leverage in my unfit way, and the base sagged just a wee bit more.  "Oh crap", I thought.  I lifted up the mattress and saw, not a cot base, but a collection of kindling held together by more kindling. "Oh, crappity crap crap crap!", I thought again.  

I can only assume that the Bear had been practising his new-found skill of jumping.  A lot.

So we made a frantic phone call to Aunty S, who lives round the corner, I threw the kids into the car, and we went round to borrow their travel cot.  

By the time we got home, Pacino was home as well.  While the Gig entertained the Bear, Pacino and I effortlessly assembled the travel cot swore, shoved, swore some more, had a tiny tiff, and eventually got the travel cot assembled.

And the next morning, the Bear and I went shopping for a new big boy bed, which has just been delivered as we speak.  I'm not putting it up until Friday, because I need to put the baby gate up at his door first.  Also, the Bear will be at daycare on Friday, and, to be honest, I'd rather not have his help.

A big boy bed.  My little baby Bear.  Excuse me while I cry.


  1. Aw! What a milestone! I'm sorry the crib didn't last you a bit longer. I remember feeling really sad when Lucas leaped out of his!!! It's like a whole new chapter. I hope he does well with his big boy bed! Lucas is still in love with his big boy bed. It gives them such a boost it seems because they feel "so big" when they get a big bed.

  2. Our youngest was climbing out of his cots (both home and travel ones) at an early age. His older brother destroyed the base of a travel cot with too much jumping. Been there! You always want it to last longer.

    Our youngest also destroyed some Lego by charging the gate that was keeping him out of the room and literally crashing into the room. As a 5 y.o. he is now regretting his actions as he cannot complete some Lego sets now. I hope you have a good gate!

    We want a photo :) And a follow-up post about putting the bed together on Friday and a third about how he copes changing to a bed. You've got blog work ahead of you!