It all started yesterday.
I was enjoying my 15 minutes of quiet between getting Ashlyn off to the bus and Sawyer waking up when I heard Sawyer babbling in his room. He sounded happy so I thought I would leave him for a minute and then, for some reason, he sounded louder than usual. I headed up the stairs, realizing that I definitely could hear him too well and figured that his door must have blown open for some reason.
As I reached his room, door wide open, there was Parker on his tiptoes, feeding Sawyer animal crackers through his crib.
He looked at me blankly and said “Kenna’s still sleeping, I shut the door.”
Parker has never gotten out of his crib. We always assumed he would but he never tried it. McKenna tried it ages ago and we put up a crib tent which immediately stopped her and bought us the last year and a half of sleep.
Well now that Parker is out he just can’t seem to stop himself. In just two days of crib jumping, he has learned to pop off the protective door knob cover in his room and escape.
And not just in his room, in ANY room in the house.
So McKenna and Sawyer follow behind him, he opens whatever door they wish and they all stampede in, destroying everything in their path.
As we speak or as I blog, they are sitting for this-is-quiet-time-for-Mommy’s-sanity enforced by never ending dvds of the Wiggles.
Since they were about a year my kids have ALWAYS slept well. Twelve hours at night and a 2-3 hour nap during the day.
We are going to have to clear their room of anything that looks remotely fun to an almost 3 year-old who needs sleep, put up the toddler beds, gate the door somehow and pray that they can leave each other alone long enough to fall asleep.
I’m trying to sing the “You’re Gonna Miss This” song in my head right now but it’s just not happening.
I can’t hear it over the lyrics to “It’s the End of the World as We Know It.”
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Supply Chain Managem says
It's noting more scarry then thinkinh on such terible thing!
Jennifer G. says
Ah I remember that day all to clear when My 3 year old daughter then 18 months old…I could hear here screaming through the baby monitor(video monitor) I open my eyes to find her 1 leg on each side of the crib rail screaming "mommy help, I'm stuck" After that she learned eveyday that she could do this to get out of her crib….now I can't get her out of my bed!!!!
I'm waiting for the day when one of mine realizes they can climb out. I'm dreading it.
I wish I could tell you that it's not that bad but we are currently living in our own little bit of hell. I hve never thought that parenting our trio was that hard…LOL that is until now. We have always had great sleepers and kids who do great on a schedule. Then we moved cross country and our kids figured out how to climb out of the pack and plays on the cross country trip. They applied this new found trick to their cribs once we got settled in the new house. Combine that with potty training and one who actually gets up to go at night all on his own, we made the transition to todder beds and that's when life changed. My kids don't want to nap. It's like a slumber party every night too. they are tired and cranky and driving us crazy. my wife is a saint b/c at least I get to go to work, but she's staying home full time for the time being. I don't know how she does it. Good luck. Hopefully things go better for you than for us. I don't have much advice as we're struggling with this right now. we've blogged about it and gotten lots of advice so perhaps you'll find something useful there. again good luck!
Sarah Halstead says
Oh no! So sorry! Dustyn has been in his big boy for a while and used to stay in there, now he destroys his room. Thankfully, he hasn't learned how to open doors yet.
Oh my! 🙂 I had to laugh about the "You're Gonna Miss This" comment…SO many times, in the midst of tough situation, I try to remember that song and "enjoy" the moment, but lets be honest, that's not always possible! 🙂 Good luck!