Tonight my husband is at a baseball game, so I was looking forward to having the house to myself (a rare occurrence.) I made homemade pizza for the kiddos, gave them a bath, brushed their teeth, read them each a story and tucked them into bed. All three boys were being so good and we really had a pleasant night together. After I had said goodnight, I fixed myself an iced coffee with almond milk, popped in a movie and got ready to settle in and fold some laundry. I could hear a little giggling coming from the bedroom, but it was pretty quiet. Then Big-Bug hollered out "Uh oh mom, I have some BAD NEWS!" I hurried down the hall to see what was wrong and found one of the crib bars of Baby-Bug's crib split in two! According to his brothers he was kicking at his crib with his feet and yanking on the bars with his arms at the same time. Apparently this is an effective method of escaping! Obviously I was not about to leave him sleeping next to the crib bar-turned-spear tip so I set about converting his crib into a toddler bed (thankfully he broke a bar on the removable side of the crib!) Naturally - this transition is not going well. It has been almost two hours since I put the kids to bed and all three are still awake. Baby-Bug won't stay in his bed, he is REALLY enjoying his new freedom. I had to put a baby gate in the bedroom doorway so I can sleep tonight (Baby-Bug also knows how to unlock and open the front door!) and the gate is doing a pretty good job of containing the chaos. There is however, a small pile of stuffed animals accumulating in the hallway outside their bedroom. Poor Big-Bug is trying hard to sleep in a room with his mini-tornado baby brother, but I had to pull Middle-Bug out and put him to sleep in our bed because he was encouraging Baby-Bugs antics a little too enthusiastically.
I'm not sure where we are going to go from here now. Obviously Baby-Bug can not remain un-contained in a bedroom with his big brothers. So it's either a new crib (which we probably only use for 4-6 months tops) or it's a re-shuffling of bedrooms......we shall see. We are a family of five in a three bedroom house, so someone has to share no matter what. Lately I have been extremely tempted to just get a murphy bed for the living room and give up our bedroom to the kids. We hardly use our room anyway, we only go in there to retrieve clothing or sleep, so it wouldn't make that big of an impact. The only issue would be storage...oh, and getting my husband on board haha