I know. You were expecting to see adorable petting zoo photos (and maybe a photo or two of Mommy & Daddy from the wedding.) Trust me. Those will have to wait until tomorrow.
So my plan was for the girls to sleep in their cribs until they were at least three years old. And I know that there is someone out there laughing at me as they are reading this but that was my plan. You have to understand that the girls have never made any attempts at climbing out of their cribs. Never. So it was only natural of me to believe that they could sleep in them for longer than normal.
I was sitting at my desk today working when I saw an email notification pop up in the lower right hand corner of my computer screen. I saw that it was from Grammy and then I read the subject of the email: Crib tents anyone?
Eeeeh gad! (or something maybe not so PG came out of my mouth.)
Apparently, the story is that Grammy placed Allie in her crib for a time out this morning as a result of jumping on the couch and not stopping when Grammy asked her to stop. When Grammy noticed that Allie's crying sounded louder, she went over to the stairway and found this...
And yes, Allie is smirking.
Grammy placed Allie back in her crib and asked her how she got out.
And yes, she is crying in that picture.
We have decided that time outs will no longer be in their cribs and we are taking a wait-and-see approach as far as actually converting their cribs to beds. The front part of the crib comes off to become a bed so we don't have to purchase three new beds. The girls are small enough that those cribs/beds give them plenty of space to sleep. They don't need anything bigger.
As you can also see from the above photo, we have blankets hanging over the curtains to block light. There are wooden blinds under there that we need to remove to hang black-out curtains. I think the blinds are too dangerous for little ones not in their cribs and let in too much light.
And no, we will not be using crib tents. For various reasons. The girls are too old and they would FREAK out with those on their cribs. Plus, I am probably the most uber paranoid mother around and after reading that crib tents are unregulated and that there have been some safety concerns with them, we are opting no. It sucks but my way of viewing the world is completely different now. No one thinks that it can happen to them. I know that it can.
Before we arrived home tonight, Rich and I agreed to not even mention the crib climbing in front of the girls. They were a little anxious to get outside to play and didn't want to finish their dinner so Grammy started a slideshow of pictures on her laptop for them to watch. Anna and Em were already out of the chairs when I looked up to see the above photos playing in the slideshow. Allie saw them and said, "Allie getting out."
Allie and Em are wearing sleepsacks tonight, which makes it difficult to climb. Plus, Allie made no attempts at all. On our side is the fact that she loves to sleep.
How long do I have before Emily (my non-sleeper) jumps out? We will be in trouble when that happens.