I have been flirting with the idea of transitioning Geddy to a toddler bed for a while now. And to be perfectly honest, there was no real reason to other than I thought it sounded exciting. Ohhhh silly Hilary, little did you know, that a toddler bed would mean giving up naptime.
So, yes, we officially made the change just last week. To be honest, it's gone smoother than I thought it would. I have heard so many horror stories about screaming children being dragged back to their beds because they can now escape the grips of their big kid beds.
That actually hasn't been our experience. Quite the contrary.
Geddy took to the bed right off the bat. At night, he stays in his bed and room with out a problem. I think it's because it's dark and he is tired because he refuses to nap (I'll get to that in a second). Truly, at night, it's been a delight. And in the mornings, he doesn't even leave his room. He just gets up and turns on his light and plays with toys for about 15 or 20 minutes and then yells for me to come get him at about 7:30 or 8. You guys, it's pretty great. I hope that continues.
Now, naptime, is a different story.
We have yet to have a successful nap in the toddler bed. I do our normal routine and put him down and then I leave the room and he jumps up and turns on his light and plays with toys in his room for about an hour. I have tried going back in and putting him back in the bed like everyone advises but it just hasn't stuck yet. So, I am considering embracing "Quiet Time" and letting him just do his own thing. That way I have time by myself and then he sleeps like a rock at night. He seems to get a little cranky at about 4 or 5 but not too "melt down"-esq. And he is clocking in 12 hours at night.
What about you parents out there. Do you do quiet time at this age (2 1/2 years old)? Is that super silly? And how do you encourage quiet time to last long enough to fulfill my own personal needs? I would love to hear thoughts and advice!
SOOOO, I feel like I have finally finished Geddy's room decor and have been really happy with it. Although Geddy's room is the smallest in our apartment, it's so charming and gets the most amazing natural light ALL DAY. I seriously love it and so does he. He also has a walk in close which he loves because we left a lot of room in there so he can play in the dark when he wants to (he really loves playing in the dark. It's odd).
Here is an over extensive room tour for you all. Seriously, there are over 20 pictures, I really over did it but I do want to remember how he lived when he was little. It makes my heart happy. Enjoy!
|View from the Door.|
|If you turn around after entering, you see this! This is Geddy's Bedroom Door|
(from inside his room).
|Right by his light switch.|
|And one of my favorite things: the three G's above his door.|
|His new big boy bed and bedding!|
|I love the little trikes on his bedding.|
|And we can't forget about his stuffed Schnauzer. Looks just like our lady pup!|
|Art work above his bed.|
We have to keep a large space between his bed and the artwork so he doesn't try and pull down pictures and things. He totally would if he could.
I have been obsessed with decorative arrows for the longest time but haven't been able to find any that I was really in love with. I found this tutorial on how to make your own so I did my crafting for the entire year (me and crafting struggle). It took me about 3 hours but I made these two specifically for my little golden boy. I am actually super happy with how they turned out. But, I warn you, those feathers were a pain in the behind to get on. I said a few swear words in my head. Just sayin'.
|I made these little arrows, just for him.|
|Bought this little print for his room. Find it here.|
|The other picture hanging on the wall.|
Between his bed and this bookshelf is the big window that let's in the glorious natural light.
|On the opposite wall (from the bed) is his book shelf. |
Ignore the crazy dust on the middle shelf. Yikes.
|Gotta have a Star Wars shelf.|
|Overflow of books and puzzles.|
To the left of the bookshelf is Geddy's closet door. When my Mom saw our apartment for the first time she said "I don't know any two year olds with a walk in closet!" It's funny because this room is so tiny but it still has a spacious closet. I think it actually helps because Geddy really enjoys playing in it. It's like a built in fort where he can play in the dark. It works for us!
|Closet door. Opposite wall as the bed.|
|Chad's little kid shoes hanging on the closet door. So cute.|
|Decor on the other side of the closet.|
|Inside of closet. His dresser remarkably fits wedged in there. It was tight but perfect.|
|Opposite side of the closet. Some of his clothes hanging.|
|Fun push light for Geddy to reach and turn on and off.|
|Glow in the dark stars on the ceiling of the closet! Perfect for fort playing!|
And the last wall of the room is his book wall and toy chest wall. The toy chest is an amazing find from my Mother-in-Law. It's exactly what I wanted but I have no idea where she got it. I think she has had it for several years but I am not sure. Thanks Glamma, we love it!
The small book shelves are from Ikea (found here). They are amazing and super cheap!
|Coming full circle to the last wall. The book shelves and toy chest!|
|Pardon the crazy glare from the books.|
And THAT, my friends, is our Little Dude's big boy room.