We kept Levi in his crib for a long time. In fact it was past his third birthday when we finally took the crib down. We had no reason in particular except that he never tried climbing out. We kept thinking it was too good to be true. He was a good sleeper. I liked that he was in his crib, not getting out of bed and wandering around. And when we asked him if he wanted a big boy bed he would say, “No, I just like my crib.” Alright then. We figured why mess with something good, right?
And then at the beginning of February all of a sudden a very excited little boy was yelling at the top of the stairs. He had climbed out of his crib. He thought he was big stuff. I knew all along he could climb out if he wanted to but he is generally pretty cautious. He finally got brave.
After that first crib escape we were pretty lazy about getting the crib down. Then one snowy day when we were stuck inside (kind of like this crazy snowy/icy day we are having today…in April!!) I decided it was time. Levi wanted a few last jumps in his crib.
And then he showed me one last time how he could climb out. I know, I know…probably not safe at all! Sometimes you just have to let a boy climb…it’s in their blood.
And then it was time to test it out. He was all smiles. I wasn’t so sure how nap time was going to go but you have to try sometime!
The first nap was a success. And he has been doing great ever since. He has been trying out some new stalling techniques lately, but other than that the transition has been easy. Maybe because he is three.
I had wanted to take some pictures of Levi waking up after his first nap in his big boy bed but he woke up way earlier than I was expecting. So I peeked in the next day as he was waking up from his nap. I almost missed it again!
Sleepy babies are the sweetest. Even when they are big sleepy babies.
We may do a little rearranging in Levi’s room and get his mattress off the floor at some point. But for now the mattress on the floor is working great. Someday we hope the boys will share a room but at this point I have no idea how they would ever get any sleep. They have way too much fun together!
We are down to one crib now. The crib in Levi’s room hasn’t been down since we put it up before Cora was born. I remember the excitement of putting that crib up and anticipating meeting our first child. We didn’t know that Cora was a girl or what was planned for her short little life and our family. It was a little bittersweet to finally be taking it down. But as I was taking it apart I was reminded of what a gift it is to see my kids grow and reach these new milestones. Every moment is a gift. Thank you Jesus for this little milestone in Levi’s life. It was time.