Our crib is no more. It does still exist, in pieces in our crawlspace, but it is no longer the intended sleeping place of our babies. Hannah used it for a time, and Jacob used it pretty much not at all, but I still cried when I took it down. I’m a mom, I cry over every little thing, it’s all part of my charm. Plus Jacob was listening to his favourite CD (it’s a long story) while we did the disassembly, and it was playing this song about how quickly children grow up. Totally, totally unfair.
Last shot of the crib in one piece
Hannah jumping on the crib mattress
We decided to take down Jacob’s crib and replace it with a double bed because our bed was getting too crowded. We did the same thing with Hannah at around the same age. Both kids reached a point where they weren’t sleeping well unless they were in our bed, but they were also reaching a point where they were sort of sprawly and kicky and taking up a lot of space. By moving them to a bed in their own room an adult can join them as needed, and the other one doesn’t even need to wake up. With two kids this is especially critical. So I bought the bed and the bedding and the mattress and we set to work building furniture.
Jon doing some bed-building
Completed bed and bedding, just waiting for a mattress
Jacob likes his new room, especially the lamp we bought. He climbs on the bed and turns it on and off, on and off. Still, the first night in the new digs were sort of rough. I was with him, but he was restless and out of sorts. We got through it together, and things have improved significantly from there. I am hopeful that the new bed will continue to grow on Jacob, and I look forward to the day when he sleeps in it all night long, all by himself. Although I know that may not be for some time yet, and I’m OK with that – it’s why I chose a nice mattress.
The mattress arrived!
Hannah testing the bed out
I realize that at not quite 18 months our kids are on the young end of the spectrum to have a big kid bed, and especially one that could comfortably sleep more than one person. It works for our family, though, and I learned a long time ago that’s the only criteria that really matters, especially when it comes down to getting enough sleep.
The whole family on Jacob’s new bed, excited at the prospect of better rest
Do you have any big kid bed stories to share? Please do!