From Bean to Sprout

a first time mom's forray into parenthood

If The Shoe Fits February 27, 2013

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Last Thursday I brought Henry shoe shopping because I had been struggling to get his shoes on for a while. Turns out he needed it. He was wearing a size 7.5 shoe and needed size 9s. I also had to get him new winter boots since he kept tripping in his and they were size 8s. Let me tell you the bill was hefty. Had I known what a lucrative gig kids shoes were, I would have focused my career to become a  cobbler. His feet grow so quickly, we’re constantly getting new shoes for him. I was he would make it through the winter with one pair of boots but I was wrong. Luckily I got him some Bog boots that go from -32 degrees to +15 so he can wear them as spring mud boots as well.

We always buy our shoes at Kids Footwear in the Hazeldean mall. They’re so knowledgeable with how kids feet grow and we have a points card that after 12 pairs, they get a pair free. That may sound like a lot of shoes to go through, but I think we’re on pair 6 or 7 already. From what I was told on Thursday, Henry has “graduated” from baby type shoes to more active toddler shoes, so the price has gone up with it. I know it sounds like I’m complaining but at the same time, I’m not willing to compromise on shoes for him. I’d rather buy him something I know is specifically designed to accommodate kids growing and using new bones and muscles. I mean, if you think about it, in the first 2 years of life, a baby goes from crawling to walking to running and jumping. I want to make sure he has the right support for all of that. So far we’ve pretty much stuck to Stride Rite shoes for him since they make them to fit narrow long feet, like Henry’s. The shoe lady (well that’s what I call her) was saying he’s approaching the age where his feet will start to slow down in growth and shoes will last a little longer. Here’s hoping. At least with a second boy on the way, I know those pricey little shoes will get a second use.

And what does Henry have to say about his new shoes and boots? He LOVES them. I don’t know exactly when this started, but Henry can be a bit of a fashion star. There’s certain clothing that he loves and others that he hates.  Like if I try a particular combination of clothing that’s not working for him, he loses it until I pull something out (or he pulls something out) that he’d rather wear. So far, he seems to have pretty good tastes. Anyways, when trying on the shoes he liked, he was walking around the store, pivoting, like he was walking down a catwalk. Then we tried another pair and he just stood there looking at me like “you gotta be kidding right? These clash with EVERYTHING!”. The same with the boots. He tried on a pair that just weren’t cutting it for him, then tried on the Bogs. He liked them but wasn’t sold on them. Then the saleslady said “I have these in other styles” and pulled out a bunch of boxes and Henry dived in, picked out a pair and those were the ones. He loves them so much, he puts on his boots on his own now like a big kid.

I’m worried one day I’ll be getting ready for work and he’ll tell me “you know that looks terrible right?”

Henry demonstrating how awesome his new boots are. "Are you paying attention mom, I'm just going to show you once how this is done"

Henry demonstrating how awesome his new boots are. “Are you paying attention mom, I’m just going to show you once how this is done”

"Bend at the knee, then scoop up the snow, then dump it on the driveway like this" we didn't have the heart to tell him that you don't put the snow back on the driveway after pushing it to the side.

“Bend at the knee, then scoop up the snow, then dump it on the driveway like this” we didn’t have the heart to tell him that you don’t put the snow back on the driveway after pushing it to the side.

 

 

I Like To Move It, Move It February 26, 2013

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We did a whirlwind of activity this past weekend. I know I should be slowing down, especially given that I’ve been experiencing contractions in the evenings but there’s this stubborn part of me that just wants to get so much done before the baby arrives. Saturday was the craziest. We woke up, went to Henry’s gymnastic class at Starr Gymnastics. He had a great time. He had been “off” the past couple of weeks but he was in full form this time. Running around, swinging from ropes, having a general blast.

We then decided to hit up Ikea right after since we were in the neighbourhood. We had a $20 coupon expiring on February 28th (from the christmas tree we bought) and also were looking to buy a new mattress for Henry’s bed and they were having a deal of 15% back in gift cards for mattress purchases. We also got some storage solutions for Henry’s bedroom and a new dresser for the baby. In total we saved about $50. It satisfied the new Price Matcher in me. The whole time in Ikea, Henry again was in a great mood. He was running around, giving us hugs, telling us he loves us. It was great.

That afternoon we drove out to Almonte for our niece Josie’s 4th birthday. Again, Henry was going crazy. He kept trying to flip himself over a balloon on the sofa. Everyone  got to see how daring he can be.  He seems to really have come out of his shyness bubble so he was super chatty and laughing the entire time. We then went from Almonte to Carp for dinner at the Swan to celebrate my father in-law Marty’s birthday. Again, Henry was super well behaved. Better than the two adults who kept spilling their beer glasses all over the table (don’t worry, I won’t name names J )

We got home around 8pm and he slept from then to 10am. Amazing! After breakfast we went out shopping for Henry’s friend Luis’ birthday present and then met up with our friends Doopah, Nat and Danick for lunch. Again, the whole time, Henry was pretty great. He was super affectionate and loving. I couldn’t believe my eyes at how grown up he was acting.

We got home, had a nap, then got up and Henry just ran around the house like crazy trying to shove Ginger’s tail in a tupperware container. We have such a good, patient , tolerant dog… I kept trying to take picture of him in a frenzy but the pics were always blurry. I guess it demonstrates how much he was moving.

The weekend caught up to him though and he was in bed by 6:30 by Sunday night.

Monday morning he woke up in a great mood and there was absolutely no freak out at drop off time at daycare (which has been a constant occurrence for the past 2 weeks). I was so relieved. I’m hoping we’ve turned a page on the terrible twos. If not, at least I know this little well behaved angel is in there somewhere.

Ginger's keeping a close eye on Henry and the tupperware he was trying to contain her tail in.

Ginger’s keeping a close eye on Henry and the tupperware he was trying to contain her tail in.

I'm so happy and manic!!!

I’m so happy and manic!!!

 

 

32 Weeks and Counting February 19, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — frombeantosprout @ 7:45 pm

Well I don’t have much time left with this pregnancy. It seems to be creeping up faster and faster. It’s just starting to dawn on me that I’m about to have a second child and I’m panicking a little. I haven’t done half of what I did in preparation for Henry. With Henry I was scouring pregnancy books, first year books, nursing books, sleeping books, everything! I barely cracked open my “week by week pregnancy” book this time around. I get a weekly email from a website telling me how big the baby is and I’ll read it, but then I don’t obsess over it like I used to with Henry. I kind of feel guilty about it a bit. I had hoped to savour this pregnancy, enjoy every moment, but life with a toddler kind of got in the way.  Now with a little less than 8 weeks left (earlier if he’s anything like his big brother), I’m having these anxiety pangs like “how do I support his head?” “how the heck did I nurse again?”

My umbilical chord fear is back in full force. I had no idea how to care for it last time, I kept trying to but I was so terrified of hurting Henry and when it came off 4 days after he was born (when all the books I had read said 7 days) I totally freaked out thinking I had hurt him somehow.  I’m also scared about how I’ll function with no sleep. It took a year for Henry to sleep his full nights and now we’ve been on full nights for a year again and I don’t know how I’ll handle going back to every few hours being awake, especially since I have to wake up with Henry in the morning anyways.

Let’s see here, other fears I have…

1- worrying about Henry feeling pushed aside while I care for the baby

2- worrying about the baby not getting the same level of attention Henry got when he was a baby

3- worrying about dropping off Henry at daycare in the morning. Do I bring the baby in with me? Will he freak out that I’m leaving with the baby and not him after drop off?

4- worrying about the 2 days a week I’ll be keeping Henry home. What am I going to do with him where I can drag a baby along as well? Will he be bored?

5- worrying about when Chris goes back to work after being home for 4 weeks. Will the same level of help be offered for a second child as it was for the first?

And that’s not even counting the actual labour fears I have. Like “will I make it to the hospital in time?” “god I hope I can find care for Henry in time if labour is very quick. Not sure I want him to see me in that kind of pain, I worry I’ll scare him”, “will I have time for an epidural again? I almost didn’t have time last time”. And it’s funny, after Henry was born, I forgot about the pain of labour almost instantly. Now things are starting to come back and I’m a little scared again.

I know I can do this, I’ve done it before. I just kind of wish I had taken the time to prepare a bit more.

to lighten this post, please enjoy a picture of Henry pretending he's a robot. If daycare ever asks "why does Henry's hair smell like dog food?" well now you know.

to lighten this post, please enjoy a picture of Henry pretending he’s a robot. If daycare ever asks “why does Henry’s hair smell like dog food?” well now you know.

 

Winterlude February 17, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — frombeantosprout @ 7:50 pm

Henry attended his first Winterlude this weekend. The last time we went was the weekend before he was born. I think Henry’s little brother wanted to make an appearance based on the random Braxton Hicks contractions I was feeling but I told him “no way, you’re staying in there for at least another 5-6 weeks”.

We went to gymnastics first and Chris’ dad Marty came along for both gymnastics and Winterlude. Henry was a bit cranky at first but then seemed to warm up once he got his hands on coloured ice blocks.

A welcoming tiger lantern.

A welcoming tiger lantern.

Why are we here? Why is it so cold?

Why are we here? Why is it so cold?

Very cool lantern tunnel.

Very cool lantern tunnel.

I just loved staring at these.

I just loved staring at these.

trying to get a smirk out of Henry. It was pretty tough.

trying to get a smirk out of Henry. It was pretty tough.

This statue got a bit of a smile.

This statue got a bit of a smile.

Check out this awesome blue block... (if you look closely enough, you can see the mischief in Henry's eyes while he's holding that block of ice)

Check out this awesome blue block… (if you look closely enough, you can see the mischief in Henry’s eyes while he’s holding that block of ice)

and toss.... At least in this picture, he was tossing it on the ground. Originally he was trying to get it as close as possible to a little girl building a castle.

and toss…. At least in this picture, he was tossing it on the ground. Originally he was trying to get it as close as possible to a little girl building a castle.

Family pic. It was the only one we got.

Family pic.

Watching maple syrup being made.

Watching maple syrup being made.

First time eating Beavertail. It was a huge success.

First time eating Beavertail. It was a huge success.

This was my favourite sculpture of the Crystal garden. And the sculptor is from Ottawa!

This was my favourite sculpture of the Crystal garden. And the sculptor is from Ottawa!

 

We only ended up staying for about an hour before Henry started fading fast so we headed back to Kanata for a quick bite at the Barley Mow and then came home for a long nap. Henry’s been sleeping like crazy lately. Thursday was a 4 hour nap, yesterday he slept for over 3 hours and today he slept 13 hours overnight then took a 3 hour nap again. I think he’s going through a major growth spurt. Hoping he sleeps in tomorrow since I’m off with him for family day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — frombeantosprout @ 7:11 pm

Valentine’s Day was a bit of a bust in our household. Well not for Chris and I, we had a great day, more Henry who’s suffering from his 4th ear infection in a year (although I’m convinced he’s had at least 5). I had to stay home with him on Valentine’s day, thus taking another day of annual year (and I have to take tomorrow off as well due to family day).  My plan was originally to go to the LCBO downtown and get Chris some fancy looking beers however that went south when I didn’t go to work on Thursday. Since I was at home, I decided I’d check out “bieres du monde” in Aylmer. It’s a beer store in the Aylmer mall that sells all Quebec microbrewed beer. Well that plan went out the window when Henry decided to take a 4 hour nap, thus killing any possibility of making it to Aylmer and back before Chris got home. So I ended up going to the local LCBO and Henry helped me pick out neat beers. We then went to the Sippy Cup Cafe and picked up a gift card for Chris from Henry. When Chris got home, he opened his gifts and loved all of them. Chris and Henry got me a gift card to the Brookstreet spa, which I’ve been dying to go to. I can’t wait to book some spa time.

We decided to wait until Friday to have a nice meal and ate way to much raclette. What is it about raclette or fondue that you tend to overeat?

I'm not feeling that great but I look amazing in my spiffy Valentine's day suit.

I’m not feeling that great but I look amazing in my spiffy Valentine’s day suit.

Reading the card that Henry got for daddy.

Reading the card that Henry got for daddy to go with the gift card.

The beer's from me though. Henry got carded at the LCBO.

The beer’s from me though. Henry got carded at the LCBO.

We were treated to a nice imaginary meal from Henry consisting of plastic bowls, a cork trivet, a lens cap and a Newfoundland fridge magnet.

We were treated to a nice imaginary meal from Henry consisting of plastic bowls, a cork trivet, a lens cap and a Newfoundland fridge magnet.

Voila, see my masterpiece. Careful it's hot, just out of the unplugged toaster oven.

Voila, see my masterpiece. Careful it’s hot, just out of the unplugged toaster oven.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, Children Of All Ages February 10, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — frombeantosprout @ 7:57 pm

Welcome to Henry’s 2nd birthday party. Come join us under the Big Top to see what took place during the festivities. I’d be amiss without saying a great big thank you to my coworker Jen who lent us the “big ticket item” for this party. I mean, a circus wouldn’t be complete without a bouncy castle right?  Turns out only the younger kids were brave enough to go in, but boy did they have a blast playing in there. Anywho, on with the pictures!

Party favours for the kids. Popcorn bowls filled with animal cracker pouches and a zebra/horse pen.

Party favours for the kids. Popcorn bowls filled with animal cracker pouches and a zebra/horse pen.

Henry helping us prepare by testing the goods.

Henry helping us prepare by testing the goods.

Different kinds of popcorn were served for those of discerning tastes.

Different kinds of popcorn were served for those of discerning tastes.

Our own big top decor.

Our own big top decor.

Chris preparing hot dogs for 20 something people. So many hot dogs....

Chris preparing hot dogs for 20 something people. So many hot dogs….

quick self shot before the craziness of the party.

quick self shot before the craziness of the party.

Let's get this party started mom!

Let’s get this party started mom!

Henry and Luis enjoying the bouncy castle. Luis just ran right in the second it was done blowing up.

Henry and Luis enjoying the bouncy castle. Luis just ran right in the second it was done blowing up.

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peekaboo!

peekaboo!

Henry playing shy with his cousin Logan.

Henry playing shy with his cousin Logan.

Not so shy anymore.

Not so shy anymore.

The circus changed to wrestle mania.

The circus changed to wrestle mania with Niko refereeing.

Henry's cousin Josie. She's become such a delightful conversationalist. I was able to have lunch with her and discuss her upcoming trip to France.

Henry’s cousin Josie. She’s become such a delightful conversationalist. I was able to have lunch with her and discuss her upcoming trip to France.

Little Greta was there as well. I can't count how many times Henry almost ran her over with his new toy ATV. She's a tough cookie though and stood her own.

Little Greta was there as well. I can’t count how many times Henry almost ran her over with his new toy ATV. She’s a tough cookie though and stood her own.

Everyone singing Happy Birthday. It took a few kids to try and blow out the candle. Luckily Luis' dad Doug saved the day and blew them out.

Everyone singing Happy Birthday. It took a few kids to try and blow out the candle. Luckily Luis’ dad Doug saved the day and blew them out.

The party aftermath. While Henry slept off his afternoon, we cleaned and cleaned some more.

The party aftermath. While Henry slept off his afternoon, we cleaned and cleaned some more.

The party was a great success and we’re very thankful for everyone who came and participated in our little guy’s second birthday party. Henry was spoiled rotten. We might have to do something smaller for next year, or move into a bigger house!

 

 

 

 

Woo-Hoo, Look Who’s 2!!!! February 9, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — frombeantosprout @ 7:29 pm

Well my little man is now 2 years old. How time has just flown by. It seems like just yesterday I was waking up Chris around midnight saying “either I just peed in the bed or my water broke”.  It’s like every moment of that day is frozen in my mind. The pain, the fear and then the euphoric joy as they lay Henry on my chest. How he wriggled himself up to nestle his head under my chin and settled in. I remember, after holding him for a few seconds, letting him know I would go through that pain all over again for this one moment. I remember the look on Chris’ face when he held his son for the first time. I remember my mom getting teary eyed after having witnessed her grandson’s birth. I also remember the crazy commotion that came after he was born given that no doctors were in the room when he decided to make his entry. Just so much fluttering around while Henry and I remained still.

Now the last thing he wants these days is to remain still. Sure, when he’s sick (like he was last weekend), there are moments of stillness but for the majority of the time, it’s go, go, go.  It’s hard keeping up with our little tornado but we try. I keep trying to picture what he’ll be like. He’s obssessed with sending objects flying by hitting them with a stick, so I think “He’s going to want to play baseball!” but then he’ll hop on the piano and start banging out a tune and I think “my little rock star!” I guess I can only wait and see but it’s fun trying to guess.

First morning as a two year old was rough on the little guy.

First morning as a two year old was rough on the little guy.

We got Henry a toy shovel and toy broom. I know that sounds boring and that we're putting our kid to work, but he loves this kind of stuff!

We got Henry a toy shovel and toy broom. I know that sounds boring and that we’re putting our kid to work, but he loves this kind of stuff!

Practicing my shoveling technique. It's all in the wrist.

Practicing my shoveling technique. It’s all in the wrist.

Busted late night snacking on his birthday.

Busted late night snacking on his birthday.

 

 

 

 

Family Leave February 6, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — frombeantosprout @ 7:39 pm

Now I know I won’t get much sympathy from people in the private sector on this one. They’ll roll their eyes and say “well at least you get family leave”, but here it goes anyways. As a public servant, every fiscal year we get 5 family days for when someone in your immediate family (or a family member living with you) is sick. Before having kids, I had a hard time using up these days. This time, I was done using them by August (within 4 months of getting them). Chris also had to plow through his 5 as well. I had heard that that first year of daycare is hell on kids, that they get sick for everything. They weren’t lying. Henry caught EVERYTHING.  We’ve had to use annual leave or leave without pay to make up for those extra times that Henry’s been sick since then. It’s just too much. Luckily (or unluckily depending on how you look at it), sometimes, either Chris or I have been sick at the same time as Henry so we can call in sick ourselves. Only problem is that it takes us longer to recuperate given that we have to keep an eye on a sick kid while being sick ourselves. It’s just so maddening. I had hoped back in April to save a family day for actual Family Day on February 18th since our daycare is closed but now have to use another day of annual leave. I just hate watching my leave being eaten up by something beyond my control. All this time I was saving for future holidays seems to be dwindling. I’m dreading having 2 kids in daycare a year from now. We’ll blow through our family days before the end of April!  Then again we’ll have to be cautious about planning vacation leave given that we’ll most likely have to use those days to take care of our sick kids. That’s if we’re given permission to use our vacation leave. The worse option, and the one that’s the rule at Chris’ work, is that once you’re out of family leave, you have to use leave without pay. That one really sucks.

I know this rant will accomplish nothing, and like I said, those in the private industry are probably playing the saddest song on their tiniest violin, it’s just so frustrating and I needed to vent! It would be great if we could get 5 days for each kid, that would be just heavenly.

Sorry I'm so prone to illness mom and dad!

Sorry I’m so prone to illness mom and dad!

 

Been Around The Block… February 5, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — frombeantosprout @ 7:34 pm

When it comes to different healing therapies for pregnancy pains, I’ve gone to pretty much anyone claiming they can offer relief. For Henry I limited myself to just a massage therapist, and I only had to go see her when I was over 30 weeks pregnant.

This time it’s different. From what I’ve been told, I didn’t wait the “appropriate amount of time” for my body to heal from my first pregnancy/childbirth experience. It seems the magic number is 2 years.  Did you know that? I didn’t. Anyways, all the painful symptoms I felt with Henry in my last 5-10 weeks I started feeling around week 16 with this little fellah. Sciatic nerve pain, numb bum (love that word), foot pain, pelvic pain. The list goes on. What the heck happened to my body? Well for one thing, it would seem Henry “traumatized” my pelvis which means it’s not able to support little bean as well as it did for him.  I heard that part of the blame could be from the quick delivery I had with Henry. The way he tore out of there, didn’t give my body the appropriate amount of time to “open up” as nicely as it wanted to.

Anyways, this time around, like I’ve said, I’ve tried pretty much everything and I thought I’d give an opinion on each one for you my lovely readers who might be wondering “who should treat my pregnancy pains?”

1. Massage Therapy: I’m a bit of a spa-junkie. So the idea of getting a pregnancy massage wasn’t that scary for me. What was scary was the idea of lying on my side the entire time. I didn’t think I’d be able to relax. Well I found a massage therapist (I started seeing her when I was pregnant with Henry) who specializes in pregnancy massages and has a special table where I can comfortably lie on my stomach, there’s a hole in the pillow to accommodate your tummy and two more holes to accommodate a sore chest.  Anyways, I always feel great after a massage with Mayela.  With Henry, it was all I needed, but this time around I needed something a bit more. So I started looking for something to supplement my “once every 3 weeks” pregnancy massage.

2. Chiropractor: I went a few times to a chiropractor this time around. At first I felt like it was helping. I was sleeping better, but then things changed. I felt like I was being sucked further and further into a cult-like mentality. I wanted to deal with my pregnancy pains and they wanted to establish a 20 year healing process and with me committing to an adjustment 3 times a week. I’ve heard there are chiropractors out there who will treat just what’s bothering you, but I haven’t been able to find one yet. I went a few weeks then felt like things weren’t really improving. In fact, the last time I went, during an adjustment, they pushed on something and I felt a pain somewhere else develop. Plus they wanted me to lie on my stomach which wasn’t very pleasant as there were no tools to accommodate pregnant women. If this is a path you want to take, make sure that they are specially certified and pregnancy. I had asked when I called and they said  they were, but after a few visits, I felt like I wasn’t being treated for my pregnancy issues and that in fact, they didn’t specialize in it. **Caveat** I don’t want to get blasted here by all chiro believers. I know it works for some, I’ve seen it work for them, it just wasn’t working for me this time around. Anyways, after 3 weeks (and like a total of 9 visits) I gave up on this one.

3 Physiotherapy: This one I actually love. I found a physiotherapist near my house (Kanata North Physiotherapy) and before opening his own practice, he worked with pregnant women out of the hospital. He knows babies and pregnant women. James got right to treating what was bothering me (my sciatic nerve) and worked on strengthening my lower back muscles to help support the weight gain associated with pregnancy. He’s always honest with me, telling me the pros of this problem is that, once I’ve given birth, the pain should be gone. The con is that the pain can shift constantly until that point since the baby is growing and my body is constantly changing.  I’ve gone for a few weeks now and I’ve felt a great improvement. The “numb bum” feeling doesn’t come instantly the second I sit at my desk. I also like that his approach is “go as you feel”. I don’t have to schedule my next 75 appointments in the next 3 weeks. I’m at a stage now where if I have pain, I can make an appointment but we don’t have to keep a regular schedule.

4. Osteopathy: I’ve only done this one once. I’ve mentioned Elliot Vlad before and the wonders he’s done with Henry. Well he called a few weeks to let me know of a cancellation so he could see Henry again and I mentioned that I was 7 months pregnant. He squeezed me into his busy schedule right away. He saw Henry first, then he saw me. Again I was amazed with what he did for Henry. Whatever it was, Henry got very quiet and relaxed and just let his body be manipulated. I was expecting the same kind of delicate treatment but found out quickly that I have to work at this as well. I got a bit of an overall adjustment on my first appointment and when I left, I felt so good. For days I felt really good. The inevitable wear and tear returned, but I knew to expect that since my body is changing. I just really like the atmosphere that Elliot puts out there. He explains every single thing he’s doing and tells you why he’s using certain processes. Although I was just in my underwear the entire time, I never felt embarrassed or self conscious. He just puts people at ease. I should mention here to that he’s uber busy, so it’s really difficult to get on his patient list. But if you want a great osteopath, keep trying to book him, you won’t regret it.

So, now I’ve given you a bit of all the treatments I’ve done so far. If you’re covered by insurance, I would recommend doing the massage, physio and osteo. Basically the massage is for short term relief, the physio lasts a bit longer and the osteo is like a body corrective measure. All three combined are pure bliss!

Tee-Hee, I traumatized your body... My bad!

Tee-Hee, I traumatized your body… My bad!

 

Big Boy Bed

Filed under: Uncategorized — frombeantosprout @ 7:24 pm

Sorry it’s been a while since I updated, the entire family was out of commission with sickness for over a week and we were going to bed super early.

No pictures, I don't feel good.

No pictures, I don’t feel good.

Anywho, about a week ago, we decided it was time for Henry to transition to a toddler bed. Our motives were a tad selfish. We need him to be in a twin bed by the time Little Bean arrives so we wanted him to gradually get used to sleeping without bars. Our Ikea crib can be converted into a toddler bed so we thought that was best to start with since he’s such an active sleeper, I knew that rail or no rail, he would be moving around like crazy and I’d rather he fall a few inches than a few feet to the ground in the middle of the night.

Well the first week went off really well. He fell a few times those first few nights. There was even a morning that Chris walked in to find him in the middle of his room on the floor. We did some internet searches and found that some recommend a pool noodle tucked under the fitted sheet as a kind of bumper pad. We didn’t have any but we rolled up a towel and it worked like a charm. No more “things that go bump in the night”.

We thought we had the easiest transition to toddler bed ever. We patted ourselves on the back, gave kudos to the daycare for having him take his naps in a cot instead of a crib. Thinking “because he’s wearing a sleep sack, he can’t get around as easily as if he had just a blanket”. Oh yes, we were riding high my friend. High indeed. Then, last weekend occurred. I’m not quite sure what shifted in Henry’s brain, maybe it was the combo of him being sick, whatever it was, on Saturday night he figured out that, if he wanted to, he could get up and leave the confines of his bed. We were in the basement and I could hear him on the baby monitor saying “dodo? Dodo?” (It’s like his bedtime mantra) and then all of a sudden his voice sounds very far on the monitor but closer to us, like he’s in the upstairs hallway. I told Chris “I think he’s in the hallway!” and Chris at first didn’t believe me, but then we heard Henry say “Maaaaa-maaa…. Daaaa-dyyyy” and we knew, the jig was up. It took forever to get him to go down that night. He was up until almost 8:30 which is pretty late for a kid who usually is out cold by 7 and who’s very sick. He just kept coming back out, like a force stronger than him was compelling him to walk out of his room.

Nap times have been tough as well. The other day, after trying several times to put him down and him coming right back out, we went back and forth for like an hour, I brought him to his room, put him in bed, as I’m leaving I see he’s getting up to follow me already, I close the door and hold on to the handle. It wasn’t my proudest moment. He was crying on the other side of the door, yelling for his dad and kept trying to turn the handle. I must have held onto that handle for 10 minutes feeling like a total a**hole. He eventualy settled down and I heard him shuffle back to his bed and he slept just over two hours. I just wish I could tell him from the get go “dude, I know you’re tired, I know what’s best for you right now, and this game is not helping, you need to sleep!”.  Even after he shuffled back to bed I stayed outside his door, pressed to the floor, trying to see under the door to make sure he wasn’t playing mind games with me. Last night, after Chris tried putting him down a few time, mean mommy came out again and I held the door shut again. This time he tried the handle once, then gave up right away and went back to bed and fell asleep.

Now I just have to work on him not being “Creepy Victorian Ghost-Kid”. This morning I was in the washroom getting ready and he was still asleep, or so I though. I didn’t want to disturb him so I shut the light off in the bathroom before opening the door and as I open the door, he’s standing there, right in front of me, silently looking at me. Now he’s still in his sleep sack which in the dark, can look like a Victorian child’s nightgown, and my kid is very blond and very pale, so all that combined made for a startling encounter that resulted with me screaming and then taking a few moments to recover from my almost heart attack. I’m terrified I’m going to wake up one night to him staring at me by the bed. I just don’t know how I’ll react! I know for sure I’ll probably scream out of fright, here’s hoping that’s all!

Before the transformation. Chris was reading the instructions while Henry prepared his construction men for a big job.

Before the transformation. Chris was reading the instructions while Henry prepared his construction men for a big job.

you ready men? this is a tough one!

you ready men? this is a tough one!

Hurray! It's ready!

Hurray! It’s ready!

Mom, make daddy get off my bed!

Mom, make daddy get off my bed!

Woo-hoo! Check what I can do!

Woo-hoo! Check what I can do!