Thursday, April 19, 2007

Meet Curious Andy

If my son is a monkey, I guess that makes me the mom with the yellow hat.

While I related in my last post that I love living in an apartment because of the flatness and lack of climbing, apparently, Andy apparently doesn't take after me in this regard - ANDY CLIMBED OUT OF HIS CRIB TONIGHT!

We had a relatively busy day. Rather than go to pick up some Shabbos provisions with Andy after dropping off Ann and my neighbor's son at preschool, I decided to take both Ann and Andy with my before school, and come straight home after dropoff. Andy's been waking up quite early since we have been eliminating the pacifier from his life, and an early nap was definitely in order.

The morning went according to plan. The supermarket was blessedly quiet at 8:20 a.m. (though it's even better on the mornings when I go alone at 7 and RaggedyDad is still home). The kids were happy and helpful in the store, and my neighbor helped me in with my bags while I got her son in the car. I even got to say a quick hello to another blogger on the street, and then I got the kids to preschool very punctually.

Andy's nap came and went, things got busy at home, and when Ann was home, we baked two batches of corn muffins. After a messy supper of leftover meatballs and spaghetti, even I was ready to sleep! After a quick bath and storytime, the kids were ready for bed.

I put them down and got to work on some more Shabbos cooking. The chicken cutlet blobs needed to be butterflied in the ridiculously thin way I like, breaded, and fried (I know that nobody's supposed to fry food anymore, but this is one thing that just doesn't work baked for me).

For a short while Ann and Andy were cracking each other up, giggling about something together from their respective bed and crib. After listening to it for 15 minutes or so, I came back to get them to settle down again.

After I left, Andy was crying, and somewhere in his pacifier-free frustration, he managed to climb out and fall onto the (thankfully carpeted) floor. I realized this because his cries were getting closer and closer until my crying baby in a crib suddenly appeared before me, shocked himself at what he'd done!

As I held him and comforted him, I asked Ann if she saw how he'd done it. "He was trying to do it, and then he did!" is what she told me, eyes open innocent and wide.

I put a calmer Andy back in the crib, but he proceeded to quickly lift one leg and then his torso right back over the corner! I realized that a quick fix was needed for tonight, and fished out a pacifier.

Andy is turning 18 months old on Shabbos, which I consider way too young for a bed. I don't think he's mature enough to grasp staying in there all night, though he knows the concept of getting in and out of Ann's bed.

For now, we're going to try out a friend's contraption - the crib tent. No more am I the smug mom of a calm kid! We'll see how it goes.


Ezzie said...

Ha! Honestly, we're *already* worried about Elianna doing the same. She's pulling herself up or putting her arms through, clearly wanting to get out. (It's like jail, but with stuffed animals.)

I've seen people give their kids crib-beds - a small bed with soft cushioning on the sides to make sure they're in there, but they start getting used to the idea of a bed.

Oh - and it was more of a "wave" than saying hi. ;)

RaggedyMom said...

Jail, LOL. Putting that dome tent over the crib feels even more like jail, but it's a temporary measure just to know he's safe.

Plus, he has "baby Ashira" in there with him - Ann named a little pink doll and decided it should be his for sleep. He vacillates between cuddling it and shoving it aside.

And hey, I said hi - you just may not have heard it over the buses, cars, trucks, and ambulances. For the record, I do NOT frequently double park like I did today! Yikes!

SephardiLady said...

When it happened to us (and happens is an accurate word here), we ended up with a roomy for a while while the transition was made. Not ready for a bed, yet not someone you want to put in the crib when he is at the end of a long day.

Goodluck. I borrowed a tent crib but my son literally just jumped out of the crib and the tent crib was too confining.

LittleBirdies said...

We had the same problem with SD (now 2) starting Sukkos time. He begged for a bed and was climbing out of the crib (and wouldn't stay in a bed). It took a while and a short time in a pack 'n play, but now he's matured and actually stays in bed.

Anonymous said...

we had this problem too. we put the "monkey" on a matress on the floor, and put a baby gate across the door of the room.

Hila said...

While I'm not a parent yet myself, and therefore not qualified to offer advice, I certainly can remember this happening in our house! My younger brother is 4 years younger than me and I remember when he was still in a crib that he would crawl out of it constantly. I think my parents did what SephardiLady did and just had him in their room until he was big enough (rather, old enough, he was HUGE! 11 lbs at birth and grew steadily thereafter)

Good luck! And Good Shabbos!

Ezzie said...

For the record, I do NOT frequently double park like I did today! Yikes!

Yeah, I was wondering about that, but wasn't going to say anything...!

socialworker/frustrated mom said...

Good luck that could be annoying my daughter never really climed out I got lucky.

socialworker/frustrated mom said...

oops I mean climbed

Jack's Shack said...

Good luck.

torontopearl said...

My youngest is 7 years old, but I've never heard of a crib tent. Sounds like an interesting idea...

Can you lower the crib any more? I believe ours had three notches for lowering.

Thank G-d my kids did not try to climb out, not even the oldest, we got him out of the crib (only because we moved, and planned it that way).

There's a 2-year difference between the two older kids, so when we needed the crib for the second child, we put a twin bed mattress on the floor for a while and then put it in the twin bed with guards on either side. No junior beds for my kids. Things worked out fine. Hope your situation does too.

torontopearl said...

Oops, I meant to say that we got the youngest out of the crib when he was about 3 1/2 years old just because we moved, and planned it that way. He was good in the crib till then, and that was pushing it.

Scraps said...

Sounds like an adventure in Raggedyland. Like torontopearl, I was going to suggest lowering the crib another notch if it's the adjustable kind, if it's not as low as it can go already. I don't remember my own transition from a crib to a bed (I guess I was too young to remember that far back), but I remember sleeping in a regular bed with a guard on the side so I wouldn't fall out.

triLcat said...

Augh...Sorry to hear about his climbing adventures. It's a big mess to move them to a bed when they're not mature enough to stay in on their own, and it's useless to keep them in a crib if they just climb out anyway (plus the whole concussion thing.) I hope the tent crib works...

When my sister was on a twins group, the recommendation was to move them out of their cribs at age 18...

They *did* recommend getting them out of diapers several years before that :)

RaggedyMom said...

Update - So far, the crib has helped us a lot. I'm sleeping a lot more soundly, as is Andy.

SL - Ann was capable of sleeping in environments other than her crib. Andy loves the crib and is almost never able to fall asleep somewhere else (except a pack-n-play or other crib-like thing), including the car or stroller. I'm glad he's very into his routine. Sometimes I do wish he were a bit more flexible!

Little Birdies - Actually, over Pesach, Andy did manage to climb out of the pack-n-play, so I figured the crib (which has taller sides) was just a matter of time. Glad you and SD resolved the issues!

Anon - I think when Andy gets a little bigger, and can resist the urge to take every item of clothing out of all the drawers, and eventually collapse into bed, we'll be up to that transition! Looking forward!

Hila - Thanks! What is it with these boys! :) Glad to know we aren't alone!

Ezzie - LOL!

SWFM - My daughter would never in her wildest dreams have done so many of the things Andy does! I laugh at myself every day because I secretly thought it was just my own consciencous parenting that made Ann who she is!

Jack - We're going to need it!

TorontoPearl - Yep, our crib has been on the lowest setting with the side rail raised as high as possible pretty much since Andy left the basinet at 5 months old and went into the crib.

I've seen his climbing method, and he's pretty agile, lifting one leg, pulling up his weight on his arms and chest over the corner, and hopping over with the other leg! Ann (now almost 4) was in this crib until a year ago with no attempt to escape!

Scraps - Those siderails are really good. Ann's got one for her bed (one side is against the wall) which is actually MY old bed! Sniff - nostalgia!

Trilcat - my downstairs neighbor has twins who are going to be three when she has her next baby iy"H this summer - and she's dreading moving them into beds. She was asking me about toilet training, and wondering about training for the night. I told her that when that time (eventually) comes, they can be taught to go to the toilet at night and go back to bed. She said, "But they're not allowed out of their cribs at night!" Neighbor, it's going to be a whole new ballgame soon!

RaggedyMom said...

Oops - I meant UPDATE - the crib TENT has helped a lot. I'll post a picture of it soon.