Toddlers. Growing so fast, hitting what seems like a new milestone every day. Running. Learning to use crayons (sometimes on paper). Beginning to talk. Understanding two step instructions. Climbing. Ah yes climbing. It started by climbing onto the couch. Followed by jumping on the couch. Then came climbing the stairs. Not particularly caring about carefully coming back down the stairs. Then she conqured pulling out a dining room chair and climbing up on that. But this week, at about 16 1/2 months, she completed her ultimate challenge.
No not that. Although we will be in New York next month so we better not leave her unattended. On Monday morning I woke up because I heard footsteps on the bedroom floor. I opened my eyes and saw Sabrina standing there holding her blanket looking at me. Funny, why is Gregg letting her run around at 6 o' clock in the morning when she should still be asleep. Wait, 6 o' clock? He leaves for work before 5:30. He wouldn't leave her out of the crib alone. He must have--Out of the crib? She climbed out of the crib by herself?!
She's been working on this little trick for a while now. We've already lowered the crib mattress but she's able to shimmy up the rails and then swing her legs over the top. How do we know this? Gregg caught her trying it about a week ago when she wouldn't go down for a nap. And of course, there's last night.
It was around 4 AM or so, and strange noises were coming from the video monitor in our bedroom. Gregg yelled out "She's starting her shenanigans!" and jumped out of bed. We had taken some precautions, like piling pillows on the floor next to her crib, and making sure we locked the safety gate on her door so she couldn't get out of her room. Gregg got her in mid climb while she was still straddling the crib wall and brought her back into bed with us. Based on the fact that she didn't fall asleep for another two hours and had a screaming fit, we think her new teeth are bothering her. She has two back teeth coming in on the bottom and we think some on the top. Once her screaming was over and the ibuprofen kicked in she fell back asleep. She never wakes up in the middle of the night; she sleeps right through. We think her teeth hurt and she wanted to come find us for comfort.
We didn't think we'd be dealing with this for a little while. But if she's going to be able to escape her crib, we'll have to make sure she can't get hurt. So today we ordered her a toddler bed. I didn't realize that they had such things. But it is low to the ground and has guardrails to keep her from getting hurt. She can't get out of the room because there is a pretty good gate on her door, and another one at the top of the stairs just in case. The bed won't be here for about a week, so we'll just have to keep on top of her until it arrives. There's always Plan B: