Saturday, March 22, 2008

March 22, 2008

How do you know when it's time to buy the big boy beds? When you hear two big thuds and lots of crying coming from upstairs, just after putting the boys down for a nap:). Bummer. I was hoping we could delay this for a bit but it looks like our time just ran out.

The funny thing is that, just after we left the room after having put the boys down for their nap, I said to the husband, "Nick could climb out of that crib if he really wanted to" and he agreed with me. We both came downstairs, the husband to his office to read and me to our bedroom to lay down for a while and read, catch up on news and emails, etc. And then the big thud. Ben surprised us because we didn't really think he could make it over the rail of his bed...but he certainly can and did:).

So, we will be buying two twin mattresses and box springs this afternoon. We will start out with that before be buy the bed frames. Any tips for getting two toddler boys to stay in their beds will be much appreciated (and I don't mean to keep them from falling out but to keep them in their beds long enough to get them to go to sleep). We'll need all the help we can get with this one. Why do I get the feeling that our blissful nights of wonderful sleeping children and their sleeping parents are soon to come to an end?

In other news, all of our company recently left. We all had a wonderful time together and it was wonderful having everyone here. Our sons really enjoyed themselves immensely and will likely miss all of the excitement and entertainment. Aunt Kathy is quite the entertainer of children.

The husband and I went out on 'a date' yesterday evening. Our idea of a date? We went to Lowe's to look at ceiling fans and tile and then we went to a movie. Wooohooo! Aren't we exciting? We are looking for a ceiling fan for the library/play room and new tile for our bathroom. We didn't find anything....correction....I found a ceiling fan that I really liked and I also found tile that I really liked but the husband did not really care for either so 'we' didn't find anything that we liked:).

I am the type of shopper that I either love it or hate it; there is usually no gray or me. The husband is mostly all gray and it is just a matter of which shade of gray:). It's quite funny really. We had the experience when we moved to Oklahoma and bought this house. We saw around 40 houses in one weekend. The one we bought was the very first one we saw and I loved it but the husband was so-so on it. We both agreed that none of the other 39 were as good as this one but he was still so-so on it. He decided that it was more important that I love the house, since I would be spending much more time in it than he would, so we ended up buying it, much to my delight. And he really likes it now, so it all worked out well in the end:). I have a feeling it is going to take us a while to find the right ceiling fan and tile. I told the husband that we should probably never have a house built, where we have to pick out a bunch of stuff.

Last night we went to see Vantage Point. It was interesting and I think we will rent it again when it comes out on DVD. You have to pay very close attention to this movie because it is easy to miss things. Parts of the story are retold from the perspective of various main characters and more of the story is revealed during each retelling. At one point, I was getting a bit tired of seeing some parts repeatedly but it picked up just in time to pull me back in. We both ended up enjoying it.

My niece and I went shopping yesterday while my mom and sister stayed with the boys. After that I had a chiropractor's appointment and then the husband and I went on our date. I think it was the most time I have spent away from the boys in one day ever, or it sure seemed like it anyway. They had a wonderful time though and they did very well without us. They love spending time with my sister and mom and then my niece was also with them when we were on our date.

My other niece, her husband and their one and a half year old daughter were also here with us. Their daughter had a blast playing with my sister and the boys too and we adults all had a nice time visiting, playing with the kids and laughing at their funny antics. Overall, it was a very fun time.

This morning my niece and her family left and I took my mom, sister and niece to the used bookstore I frequent. We all found some good books and got great deals. After that, they headed for home and it was nap time for the boys (and then the big thud).

The husband is now back in his office and I am getting ready to do some reading. I recently bought For the Sake of the Children by Susan Macaulay and I have been anxious to start reading it. I also bought three books that are guides for buying great books for children. They are: Honey for a Child's Heart by Gladys Hunt, The Book Tree; a Christian Reference for Children's Literature by Elizabeth McCallum and Jane Scott and Books that Build Character by William Kilpatrick and Gregory and Suzanne M. Wolfe. I am excited to start perusing these books also and to put together a master list of books and then I can be on the look out for them at the aforementioned used book store. I have a pretty good amount of credit built up there from trading in used books for which we no longer had any use so I will be able to put that to good use.

Can you believe Easter is already here? Time sure does fly by when you're having loads of fun, doesn't it? Happy Easter!


Jamie said...

Oh wow! Have fun with that! Logan was impossible to keep in bed. We ended up having him fall asleep in our bed downstairs and then we carried him up and put him in his bed and he rarely woke up. We set up the toddler bed for Landon a few weeks ago, but he isn't too anxious to transition. He loves the toddler bed, but that crib just provided so much safety and comfort. For now he just takes naps in it. He is so good because he doesn't ever get out of it! Amazing! He actually climbed out of the crib several months ago, but he hasn't tried it again. I think it scared him bad enough that he won't do it again.

As far as other ideas, I've heard of parents locking the door from the outside and/or holding the door shut til they go back to bed. I couldn't bring myself to do either of those. One thing that finally helped with Logan was taking him and letting him pick out new room decor (comforter, curtains, lamp, posters, ect) and telling him that if he wanted new bedroom items he was going to have to sleep in his bed like a big boy. Good luck!

MMrussianadoption said...

that's exactly how we knew we needed the bed for Kevin. I also left the mattress by itself on the floor for a few months and then transitioned to box spring and frame. You just have to keep putting them back in. It sucks, but eventually they will get the hang of it.

ChandraJoy said...

I will just say that I will keep you all in my prayers as you transition to the matresses. We had a really great time this weekend. Thank you so much for letting us stay with you! Hopefully it won't be so long before we next see each other!