So as Mancub's second birthday fast approaches I find myself in a quandary, as he's never managed to escape the confines of his prison, erm... I mean to say baby bed, do I convert his bed to a toddler bed or leave him suspended in time like a pre-flight Peter Pan in his baby bed. I should be clear, it's not for lack of effort that he has been unable to make like the Joe Bowers, he tries every single day. We were lucky enough to have purchased a bed with sides so high that he would have to add an extra 8 inches to already 36" frame in order to hoist a leg up and over the side. Being thwarted at every attempt has not stopped him from trying every.single.day. He has determination that kid, and he now has biceps and triceps that would make a pro weightlifter jealous from his attempts to pull himself up and out of the bed. So to recap he can't escape his parental imposed prison.
I think on one hand it is the height of awesomeness that he can't get out of bed yet because it eliminates the possibility of waking up at 2am eyeball to eyeball with a bright eyed toddler scaring the bejeezuz out of me and leave a wet spot on my side of the bed. You would think at first glance that's enough of a reason to keep him captive, but it also means that he can't come and get us if something is wrong or he's scared. I'm no fool, it also means he won't be in the kitchen at 2am pulling everything out of the fridge. (If this is where you tell me about the safety closures for appliances, save it, we have them and he opens the sh!T anyway.)
On the other hand, I long to give him the freedom of the other 2 year old we know. I want him to be able to climb in his bed when he's tired instead of collapsing on the floor with his blanket. I want him to be able to grab a book and climb on his bed to read it like he wants to. I want him to be able to get up and down without having to wait for us to come and help him. And yet...as i type all of that, the part of me that likes calm and order? She is shrieking in terror.
So here's the question, the query, the poser: Do I maintain the status quo? Do I leave him in a state of constant frustration at his inability to get out of bed? Or do I set him free, grant him parole, spring him from the hoosegow?
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