Saturday 11 January 2014

The Big Boy Bed

2014 has been a whirlwind, and we are only 11 days in. 

I can see Leo coming on all the time, things he says, does and remembers, and right now he is the most affectionate little guy you could hope to meet. I literally beam with pride when he shoots that winning smile of his, and it was just yesterday that a lady at soft play commented on how he could smile at anyone with just how handsome he is. 

Of course I was inclined to agree with her.

We have made some changes since entering 2014 and these changes are all signs that my little guy is growing up. A week on Monday Leo will be starting Nursery, but that is a post all in it's self! Tonight we have even taken the side of Leo's cot down so that he is actually now in his big boy bed, and actually tucked up fast asleep.

Last February we tried to move Leo into his bed, but the timing just wasn't right and very soon we were bolting the sides of his cot on again. It has since been something that I have just kept putting off, he has been sleeping so well that I didn't want to risk jumbling it all up for him and ruining a good thing. 

The turning point for me was when we popped over to Granny's earlier this week and I put him down in his travel cot, just like I always do. I turned on the baby monitor and went downstairs to the living room to carry on my conversation with Granny. 20 minutes or so passed and Leo was silent, I guessed that he was fast asleep by now...

Then I hear movement on the landing. Footsteps on the stairs. Breathing? 

For one reason or another I think the worse.. Someone is in the house. Not for one moment did I even consider that my toddler had managed to climb out of his cot and free himself. Still I sit tight, looking at Granny trying to make sense of what we were hearing. Then... Leo gallivants through the living room door with the cheekiest of giggles and biggest of smiles.

He was incredibly proud of himself to say the very least!

We put it down to fluke, and certainly didn't think he would be able to do it again. There was a box at the end of the cot that we thought he may have used to help him climb down on the other side. Of course I moved this and when I put him back to bed I thought that would be the last I saw of him until he awoke... Boy was I wrong!

Eventually he did go down, but I was now getting worried that he could potentially hurt himself climbing out. And then he decided to start making an attempt in his cot bed at home, so tonight the side has come off and we have attempted our first night of Leo in his big boy's bed.

Leo seemed to excited as Daddy took down the side on his bed, and he then began to bounce up and down proceeding to become even more excited. I began to ponder how bedtime may go... Would he even stay put in bed now there was no confinement to actually make him do so?

With Leo all ready for bed, his blanket and his milk in hand I took him upstairs. I lay him down like I have always done and handed him his essentials. Leo was too excited and immediately got back out of bed again. I proceeded to lie him back down again and again. Eventually I told him that I was going to leave him to tuck himself in, turned off the light and waited on the other side of the door for him to call me back in. Thankfully when Leo did call for me he was more than happy for me to tuck him in and cosy him down for the night.

If there is one asset that I am very pleased to have right now, it's my video baby monitor. He has been warned that I will know the exact moment he hops out of bed! 

Leo went down perfectly and as good as gold, and since his bedtime at 7pm I have not heard a peep from him. I did wonder if he would maybe fall out of his new big boy bed, or if the change may be too much for him, but as usual my little man has taken it in his stride.

So far...

Lately I am just so proud of him and everything that he is achieving. As with everything else he is just doing it in his own good sweet time.

And that... Is all I can possibly ask of him.


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