Thursday, April 19, 2007

Today Our Baby Boy Is A Kid

Posted by PolarBear

We’ve gone through some huge changes in the day. Or specifically, last night.

The boy has learned some new skills. He is developing a huge vocabulary and is able to say many words clearly. So, his ability to communicate has increased by leaps and bounds. That’s not the big thing that came to a head last night, though.

In the last 10 days he has shown huge growth in 2 areas:

  1. He has figured out how to open doors. It wasn’t consistent at first, but now he is able to open any door he wants to any time he wants to.
  2. He figured out how to get out of his crib.

This came to a peak last night. When he decided he didn’t want to go to bed, he figured out that he could just get up, get out of his crib, open his door and leave his room.

It is a huge milestone, because since he can now:

  • talk
  • get anywhere he wants in the house
  • control whether he stays in bed

He is officially a kid, no longer a baby. You can’t put him anyplace and expect him to stay there any more. He has always been an escape artist when it came to high chairs, booster seats, strollers and so on, but now the last place he could be put is ineffective. No more making him take a nap. The only place we can keep him in place is in his car seat in the car. I sure hope that he doesn’t start unbuckling himself anytime soon.

We need to take his crib apart and set up his toddler bed, and we are going to be on the lookout for bunk-beds for his room. Last night, the only way to keep him in a space was to let him go where he wanted to go: to sleep with his big sister in her room. Although they stayed up pretty late, he didn’t come out any more. Mama thinks he’ll be sleeping there tonight, too.

We’ll see.

I for one am sad that we don’t have any more babies. They grow up so fast.