Thursday, April 28, 2011

Big Boy Bed

It all started a few months ago, when we realized our almost three year old was still sleeping in a crib. In our original plans we thought Jared would be in Big Boy Bed for a year now; that was before we bought another crib.

Using his birthday as the occasion, we went bed hunting at the beginning of April. We had narrowed it down to two choices: a bunk bed or a McQueen bed. Jared and Belle are both great climbers, so we were a little worried about Belle getting up on the bunk bed alone. However, I didn't know if I wanted to get a character bed (what if he starts disliking Cars--- I know, pigs will start flying and hell will freeze over then too), but what if?

So, naturally we did what any sane parent would do: we let Jared decide. He climbed to the top of the bunk bed, got excited about there being a bed up there and then realized how far UP THERE really was. Seriously, you could see his look change from excitement to almost dread. Then, we brought him over to McQueen. He was so excited, he could hardly stop moving. We asked him, if he'd like to have it for his bed and what 3 year old would say no?! Not ours. Once we ordered the bed, we found out we wouldn't be able to get it until the end of the month. Bummer. Just a little more waiting.

A week before McQueen's arrival, we went to buy the mattress. I got a {groupon} at Mattress Firm (50 for 200--- couldn't pass it up when I knew we were buying a bed in our near future). Since we only needed the top, we walked out of the store only paying $30 for a brand new mattress with a ten-year warantee. Score!

The mattress arrived a few days before the McQueen frame did, and this was Jared's reaction:

He was literally vibrating. I started wondering if I should take him away to calm him down and then I realized why mess with that? His excitement was so contagious that we let him sleep on his new mattress on the floor for the first couple of days. This was him Easter morning.
Then, the day arrived and McQueen came. Squeals of excitement and "my big boy bed" rang through the house. Annabelle knew something special was going on and even started on the 'big boy bed' chant. After McQueen was assembled (thank you very much Rooms-2-Go) they both climbed on the bed and giggled. Annabelle kept saying 'Keem" which is her version of McQueen.

Jared and his bed.

Since then, he's been doing great. He hasn't gotten out of bed yet (knock on wood) and just shouts "time to get up" when he's ready to wake up. We dreaded this transition, yet, he was SO ready. He loves his bed, blanket and everything about his room. I have a few more pictures to frame, a Cars 2 poster to attain and his room will be complete.

Let's just hope the Cars thing sticks for a few years.... :-/

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