About a year ago, I peeked into the kids bedroom near the end of bedtime, and saw my son’s crib empty. Luckily, I threw open the door (before going into cardiac arrest), and saw him standing in his sister’s crib, safe and sound- and very, very proud of himself. Realizing that I was nowhere near wanting to put them in toddler beds, I scoured craiglist for some cribtents, and immediately found 2 of them. Lily and Ben had been climbing out, but Cameron hadn’t done it yet, so since they are hard to come by for less than 70 bucks a pop I decided to cross that bridge when we came to it. Let’s just say I almost crossed the bridge into crazytown last night, trying to get Cameron to stay in his crib at bedtime. Once he climbed out once, and realized how easy it was,it was all over. No matter what I said, he wouldn’t stay in his crib. Lily and Ben sensed my anxiety and started whining and fussing too, and I started to think I was going to lose it. The kids room has a rocker, a bookshelf, a set of drawers… way too much trouble for the kids to get into for them to be allowed to roam freely in there. I finally got everyone settled down, Cameron snuggled under his blanket, and I stepped out of the room to talk to Ploy for a minute. I hear their door open, and Cameron sticks his head out (“Night Night, Ploy”), and then slams it shut, starting the mayhem all over again.
Ploy told me that earlier that other day, Cameron hopped out of his crib during naptime, and proceeded to unzip Ben and Lily’s crib and wake them up, too. Awesome. (Why does that bring up a mental image of scenes from the movie Project X?)
I know what you’re thinking. They are two and a half- put them in toddler beds. Well, the non-triplet moms are probably thinking that, anyway. The fact is that the kids sleep pretty great in those cribs, and I am absolutely not willing to sacrifice any sleep yet. I know in my heart, they will not sleep well in toddler beds, all in the same room, and we don’t have enough bedrooms to separate them now. I also don’t know what we would do with all the other furniture in their room that they would undoubtedly use to climb up, and jump off of. That’s what they do with furniture.
So, off I went today on a cribtent-finding mission. Cribtents can be hard to come by, as they are only available new online. I called all the consignment shops in Orlando until I found one that said they had one (an hour away, but worth it). I told them I would be there as fast as my minivan could get me there, and I figured I would bring some clothes to sell while I was there- maybe I could even get out of spending anything on the cribtent? No such luck on that one. The store offered me peanuts for a few items, and didn’t even want the rest. I guess times are tough, even for children’s consignment shops. I did find a few other cool things for the kiddos, though.
Ben thinks that skateboards are the coolest thing ever. So much that he dismantles his Campbell’s Soup tractor-trailer toy and makes the bottom of it into a skateboard. When I was browsing in the store, and found a tiny toddler-sized skateboard for 5.99, I couldn’t help myself. It’s not even a plastic toy, it’s like a real miniature skateboard- it even has a skull on the bottom part. Of course, they are only allowed to play with it in our living room right now. And maybe in the backyard:) Yup, my kids are too old for cribs, but not too young for a skateboard. Embrace it.
Blurry I know. Having camera issues again.
So far, he seems to have great instincts! The problem is, I need two more now.. Lily and Cameron have great instincts too:)
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