(This picture is from over a year ago but it is the only one somewhat appropriate with the content of this post)
So last week Malachy started climbing out of his pack and play at nap time! This obviously was bad. Sooo...we decided to start making him take his naps in his crib. Well... today we put him down for his nap in his crib (in the basement with the door shut). As I was sitting in the living room watching TV I started to hear some strange noises. Mark went to check it out and sure enough Malachy had climbed out of crib opened the door and climbed up the slippery wood twisting stairs!! AGGGGHHHH!
Now before you suggest we lower the mattress I want you to know it is all the way lowered! The sides come up to Malachy's stinking armpits! I put him back in the crib and he kindly demonstrated his escaping skills for me. The kid throws a leg over the side up to his knee and then uses the leverage to pull himself up and drop on the other side...he is really tall for his age.
This is Bad....very bad because I would still like to sleep at night. After some internet research Mark and I decided the safest thing to do was to convert his bed to a toddler bed so that he doesn't run the risk of cracking his head open on the basement floor while climbing out in the middle of the night. This means it is no challenge for him to get out of bed at all...(not that is was as a crib anymore). So to help reduce the risk of going up the stairs we put a babygate at the bottom of the stairs. To prevent him from going in Kims room and playing in the litter box or drinking paint thinner we put up a second babygate!
He was pretty upset when we put him to bed tonight. After 2 escapes and 15 minutes of screaming and hyperventilating Mark and I spent 30 mins cuddling with him before he fell asleep and we quietly snuck away! Will see what happens when he wakes up in the middle of the night! We did put pillows on the floor incase he rolls off the bed. Arrrgggghhh...why can't anything be easy anymore!? He's growing up way to fast! I know people with children months older then Malachy and don't have to deal with this kind of maddness. I am proud of his climbing skills and all, you should see him at the park! But, come on...this isn't fair!