Saturday, February 20, 2010

Beds are overrated

When Ethan was in his crib as a baby and toddler, he was the easiest kid to put to bed EVER. We changed his clothes, loved on him, plopped him in his bed and walked out the door. He didn't fuss, didn't play--just went right to sleep. We had had a rather difficult transition to a big bed with Abby, so I was a little apprehensive about moving him. Turns out there was no need for apprehension. Dread would have been more appropriate.

My longtime readers will recall our struggles with getting E to stay in bed. I posted about it frequently, including here, Two years later, and we're still going strong with the struggle. We've settled into an impasse of sorts, in which we leave his door open but put a baby gate up so that all he can do is stand at it and whine. We go on about our evening--works for us.

Anyway, even though he's contained Ethan is determined to prove his independence in some way. He's chosen to refuse to use his bed. Every night we tuck him in to his comfortable bed. We cover him with blankets. Every night before we go to bed, we check on him, and he has pulled all his blankets off the bed, dragged out any number of toys, and finally fallen asleep somewhere in his floor. He's not particular on this point--any old piece of floor will do. A couple of weeks ago I started taking a picture from the doorway after he settled every night. Below are the results:


He was really active on this night before he finally caved. Note the mess.


He loves to sleep with his ankles crossed like this. Can't be good for circulation.



It's like he was on his way to whine at the gate and just couldn't make it all the way. Note that he's turned his socks backwards.







On this night I looked for him for a good while before I realized that he was, of all places, in his bed! He must have not felt well.


The good news is that once he's asleep, we can pretty much do whatever we want and he won't wake up. So we go in and scoop him up and move him to his bed, where I think he stays the rest of the night. I only hope he grows out of this habit, or someday his poor wife will really get tired of stepping over him to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Bless her heart, though, that will probably be the least of her worries.

11 comments:

Cori said...

SO CUTE!!! If only his "not going to bed" process was as cute :o)

Linda said...

Wow, those are some great pictures. I have a friend with a 6 year old who has problems sleeping in his own room. He's afraid a lot. I love the poses your son gets into. One looks like the stretch we call a "childs pose" in exercise classes, except with the crosse ankles. Really cute. Good luck!

Sarah said...

This is brilliant. I love the photos. And - as always - the stories of Ethan always entertain but secretly terrify me...

Amy Hinkson said...

That is too funny! I love that you are documenting this as well. When his children do the same thing he will understand why!!

John said...

HILARIOUS! My kid did that for months also. She has been transitioned several times and that's just her favorite thing to do. Now-a-days, she takes her toys with her into bed. We will find her, in bed, buried beneath any number of dolls, stuffed animals, laptop, talking cookie jar and anything else she feels like that night.

bedroom furniture said...

how funny, it's better than hearing a huge thud in the middle of the night from him falling out of the bed. i think the operative word here is that he is staying in his room and not running around.

teri said...

I stumbled upon your blog while wasting my day away - not doing what needs to be done is a particular talent I have perfected...anywho...
Just wanted to comment about your sweet floor sleeper. I don't have the problem of getting mine to sleep in the bed - mine won't keep pjs on! So, when I saw the great pics you posted with your little guy in pjs - I laughed out loud! There's sweet victory in that! Have a great day - I enjoyed my visit to your blog!

laimaymay said...

so sweet..wishing you happy everyday^^

Anonymous said...

Just clicking through, next blog, next blog. This group of pictures is sooooo cute. Print them and put them in his baby book. His girlfriend/wife is going to love to see them later. . . not that he will be pleased to show them to her.

butterfly said...

i love the pix here...so cute!

Яша said...

yay