Toddler Flails-a-lot has reached a new milestone: she is in a big girl bed! Which basically means we've lowered our special convertible crib to it's 'toddler' setting (i.e. near the floor) and then removed one of the sides. Now she can climb in and out at will and is officially a big girl.
Really she's been able to get in and out forever but she only recently started applying that knowledge. She would climb out of the crib, get her books/animals/whatever and climb back in. We hear the resulting thuds of her flinging things into/out of her bed. Occasionally, she stomps to her doorway, cracks the door, peeps out, then shuts it firmly and fully and goes back to bed. We find her in a sea of toys every morning.
She worked out how to use the corner of the crib to lever herself up and then brace herself so she can lower her legs slowly over the side until she can stand. She did the traditional climb from the middle of the crib--the one where they just pull themselves up and over until they fall on the other side--twice, scared the crap out of herself and didn't do it again until she developed a safer way to do it. Toddler Flails-a-lot is a full engineer, just like her daddy, and doesn't take foolish risks, just like her mommy.
We removed the side of the crib this week amidst much fanfare and encouragement. She has a whole new night system now. When we tuck her in she yells "BYE! BYYYYYYYYYYYYYE! BYE!" until the door closes. Occasionally she gets up, opens the door and repeats, "Bye bye, Mama" until I acknowledge her then she hulk-smashes the door shut and goes back to bed and sleep.
All of this was cute until tonight which has been nothing but demands for additional stall-so-I-can-stay-awake-forever food. She keeps this up I'm going to wake her up at the crack of dawn saying, "Hello baby! Hellooooo baby!" over and over and over again.
Baby Hercules and the serpents via Kate in the cupboard on flickr
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