This past weekend marked two big milestones in Colin's life
- We (and by we I mean Sean and Colin) converted Colin's crib into a toddler bed.
- We (and by we I mean Sean) turned Colin's car seat around.
|One last nap in the crib|
|Bye bye crib!|
|Time to deconstruct this puppy!|
|Colin figures out the allen key and tosses the plastic tools aside.|
|A quick check with the instructions. (Some things are worth saving for three years)|
|Look what I can do now!!|
|Brave Mama, sneaks in for a picture of Colin's first night in his new bed. I should note this is EXACTLY how Sean sleeps half the year, or how he would prefer to sleep if I didn't insist he limit his angle to only half the bed. The other half of the year he sleeps on his back with a pillow balanced on the bridge of his nose covering his eyes. Apparently in the summer it is too hot to sleep on ones stomach.|
After two nights and one nap in the new bed Colin has adjusted well. Certainly not nervous, but possibly a little disoriented a few times the first night. He slept horribly waking up at least 6 times but was never hard to calm down. The few times I went in he asked me to tuck in his feet. Sean found him wandering aimlessly around the room a few times, not quite awake and unsure of what to do with his new found freedom. We were very stern in telling him that he had to stay in bed until someone came to get him but he has completely disregarded this warning. We still have the baby gate on the door to his room and we are making a point to actually close it at night so he can't get out and wander around the apartment while we are sleeping. After he woke up from his nap he came to the gate and started calling for me, but he didn't seem to get out and play in the room while he was supposed to be sleeping. The second night was much better than the first only waking once to use the potty. All in all we are pleased with the move.
According to a rough estimation Colin is about 33lbs and therefore we thought that it was time to turn his car seat around which maxes out at 35lbs rear facing. Since the typical child turns around at 1yr and 20 lbs we have been greeted with many confused looks as to why we would keep him rear facing so long. I'm not sure I ever discussed it on the blog but the long and short of it is it is safer. I believe the current American guidelines need to be revised. Erin blogged about it quite some time ago, and when I first read it I thought it was just tiny kids who would need the extra time rear facing. Then I actually looked into it and read a story and watched video of an 18 month old who weighed 28lbs and was internally decapitated in a car accident (his spinal chord was severed by the force of his head moving forward while his shoulders remained restrained in the straps of his car seat). This is a horrible injury (that can lead to permanent paralysis) that is very easily prevented by not turning the car seat around until the child is heavier. Frankly, I've quite enjoyed having Colin rear-facing for 2 and a half years and I am a little sad to have him be able to see me now. 1) I can no longer sneak junk food on long car trips (or short car trips!) 2) He likely won't sleep as well since he will be more involved and 3) I don't really need the distraction of being able to see him clearly. I think we will likely end up putting him behind the driver when the baby is born but I failed to mention that during the re-install so he will stay where he is behind the passenger for a while (our car has no middle seat). I was pretty shocked today when I turned around to see him staring at him. His car seat is a beast so turned around he sits very high up, instead of reclined partially (another reason he probably won't sleep as well). Sure, his legs were getting very cramped but he never once seemed to notice and I would take a broken leg over a broken neck any day! We had a good run rear facing and now we are in a new phase. I'm not sure I will ever stop thinking of him as my baby, but his babyhood is long gone.