It’s Gone…

I love Alex’s crib. Or should I say… loved Alex’s crib.  It was such a classic look, a beautiful colour, and I must have great taste, because a couple other of my friends bought the exact same crib for their boys!

Alex also loved his crib. For his first year with us, Alex slept like a dream. Hardly any wakeups through the night, and slept in until after 7 most days. Like a dream I tell you!!  I think the pictures speak for themselves:

March 2009 - he's soooo small!

September 2009

 It’s hard to believe – but the crib is gone. 

Let’s flip back a year.  Last March we moved. The night before we moved, Alex leaned how to climb out of his crib. Lucky for us, that was a short-lived habit. It lasted maybe a week, and over the course of the past year, he has climbed out less than a handful of times…. until the last couple of weeks.

A couple of weeks ago, Alex rediscovered his lost love of climbing and became a pro at it again. Twice in the middle of the night, we heard a whimpering outside our bedroom door – yep, it was Alex. He had climbed out and due to the darkness, wasn’t sure what to do.

That leads us to this past Wednesday. On Wednesday the mattress and box spring we ordered came in.  So after dinner, the three of us went and picked it up, came home and took apart the crib. It was pretty sad for me. To me it was a real mark that my boy isn’t a baby any more, and the reality of a one child family is setting in even more. Believe me, I’m very happy with having Alex as an only child, but there is still a lingering want and desire in my mind that we might be to provide Alex with a sibling.

Anyhoo, we took down the crib and set up the new bed in record time – just under an hour. And considering, Alex ahs done pretty well adjusting.  I’ve sat in his room twice until he has fallen asleep, and Matt fell asleep with him one night. He is still waking up in the night, but instead of him coming into our room, we can now go to him and get him back to sleep… and if we fall asleep in there, it isn’t the end of the world in our minds.  We have to go out to work in the morning, so our priority is getting the most sleep possible. Like a friend of mine told me, your child will not be sleeping with you when he is 7, and if he is, you have whole other set of problems.

So I’ve created a quick little slide show showing Alex’s skills.  You will notice a wardrobe change half way through – turns out climbing out of a crib in just your diaper is a little rough on the ribs, and a  striped tee and Christmas pj bottoms are much more versatile.  I also obviously did not have the right settings going for the camera… I will figure that thing out yet!

As for the new bed – pictures to come.  I am not happy with it’s current location and we need to get a bedspread. Alex doesn’t like covers, so the bed currently just has a set of sheets on it – and if I’m going to share, I’m going to do it right.

19 responses

  1. Oh Alex… you crack me up! I love that you showed us all your mad skills!

    Yay for a big boy bed!!! The sadness of taking down the crib was far outweighed by the fact that I could again sleep in a real bed and not an air mattress on the floor… but I definitely hear what you are saying!

    Congrats on the big transition!

  2. Oh my… wee little Alex *was* so tiny! Isn’t it wild to see side-by-side comparisons of our babies?!
    I felt pretty sad when we took O’s crib down too… I can only imagine the finality you felt when taking A’s down!
    Oh, the tales of him standing outside your door whimpering… so sweet and heartbreaking! 😦
    Good luck with the transition!

  3. i love puppy sleeping on alex’s head in the sept photo!

    hooray for a big boy bed! our bedtime routine is so much more comfortable for us with a twin bed. it’s fun to curl up in bed and read a book together. but, admittedly, it’s sad to take the crib down. they grow up so fast!

    can’t wait to see pics of the new bed and spread!

  4. Hooray for the big boy bed! Hope the transition is a smooth one for you. Love the pictures of little Alex and cannot wait to see pictures of the new bed.
    Taking down the crib was a hard thing for me to do as well, but I do love cuddling with Lucas in his bed while we read books at night.

  5. Oh, Alex was so small! He’s getting to be such a big boy! It is so much easier to crawl into bed with them. Jeremy and I have spent many hours in X’s big crib/bed!

  6. I’m so fascinated by kiddos that learn how to climb out of their cribs. Probably because neither of mine did it. 🙂 I was so sad to put away the crib for both Camden and Rory! (of course, Rory slept in hers until almost age 4 so that should have been quite long enough. LOL)

  7. Love that slide show – too funny! Although I’m sure it was a little frustrating to watch happen. Those old photos of Alex sleeping in his crib are cute. I’m still sad we never got to see Max in a crib (well, there were two days but he screamed his head off for hours, which is when we knew that was not going to work!) Can’t wait to see his big boy bed!

  8. This must be a bittersweet time for all parents – saying goodbye to the crib that held the babies when they were, well, babies. I hope the big boy bed is a fun transition for all of you!

  9. You’re about a year ahead of me with everything, and I can only imagine how you feel about letting go of the crib. I can’t even let go of the clothes I had to sort out because they are too small. I am still working on facing the reality that there will be no little sibling to pass things on to.

  10. you know my sister had my niece in her crib until she was three years old. we joked that victoria’s legs were spilling out the sides. it was hard for her too. so glad he likes his big boy bed!! can’t wait to see pictures!

  11. I’m SO not showing Little D those photos. I know it is just a matter of time before he is climbing out of his crib like this. Frankly, I cannot believe he hasn’t yet. (I’m going to stop talking about it now.)

    I totally know how you feel about the finality of giving “baby stuff” away. We are a one-child family too…and have given away lots of things already (clothes, toys, books, jumping thing, boots, snowsuits, etc…). It was really hard for me, at first…and still is. Sometimes I think…”maybe…” but then come to my senses again. I just don’t think it is in the cards for us.

    Glad Alex is doing well in his big-boy bed. Snuggling in bed reading books does sound like a good thing. These boys are growing up so fast!

  12. I hope Alex is doing well in the big boy bed. I’m sure it was tough to dismantle the crib, but I’m sure the benefits of the bed are so worth it. Adam loves the video of Alex getting out of the crib. We had to watch it a fair number of times, and the next day, he was telling me all about Alex getting out of his crib when we were in Ben’s room with his crib. (:

  13. that video is hysterical! noah was never in a crib, so thankfully i didn’t have to watch him climb out…which would have totally freaked me out! can’t wait to see photos of the big boy bed. 🙂
    and i sooo feel your pain on the only child deal. if only i were ten years younger and had tons more money. doesn’t help that i just heard that our agency ( who works insanely quick with referrals ) has quite a few boys referrals in need of families. sigh…..

  14. That video is awesome!! I’ve wondered how Daniel crawled out of the crib initially. I also love seeing those photos of Alex sleeping in the crib. So adorable!! It is nice to have the option to go sleep in Alex’s bed when he wakes in the night. That’s pretty much our M.O. here when D wakes up periodically at night. Andy goes to his bed and sleeps with him. Sometimes he wakes up and returns to our bed in the night or else he just wakes with D. I hope Alex’s night wakings will slowly stop, for the most part. Our crib is now Matthew’s bed, and if he sleeps in it for more than 3 hours a night, I’m happy…ugh. I wish he loved the crib as much as I love it 🙂

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