This evening we’d put Sam to bed and hubby and I were in the office together. We heard a strange scrabbling noise, followed by a patter patter, and finally a giggle. We turned around and there was Sam in the doorway, as proud as punch, chest thrust out and saluting us. “Hai!”
The boy can now climb out of his cot. Aaargh!
I have no idea what we are going to do.
My first reaction (after bursting into laughter and restraining myself from grabbing the video camera and making him do it again on film…maybe tomorrow!) was to think about converting his crib into a toddler bed (I’ve heard you have to be careful about transitioning and taking the security of the railings away but I figured if it was the same bed then it wouldn’t be such a big adjustment, and in my naive head I am thinking that then at least he could climb back into bed again afterwards! – uh, yeah right!). Bill on the other hand immediately wanted to put him in the pack and play and make him sleep there because that has deeper walls.
Once we’d got over the shock and finished laughing at his happy antics I put Sam back into his cot and he immediately climbed out again, and then again, and again! It’s quite amazing. I always assumed he would sort of make a leap and then plummet, but he positions himself quite carefully. He pulls himself onto the top rail, perches there for a while making balance adjustments and then gingerly drops down to the floor! For a new skill he certainly seems to have it mastered.
He was so intent on escape tonight after his first success that I had to go sit in the nursery with him and keep him distracted with multiple books and toys in his cot until he seemed to have got over his wanderlust, for now. Took a while! I was supposed to go out to a friend’s house warming party tonight, that didn’t happen! (Sorry PDiddy!)
I have put a few soft items (giant monkey!) at the long side, and Bill put Sam’s toy chest next to the cot so it could actually be used as a sort of step and thus less of a fall if he climbs out that way. Not sure if that will just encourage him, but we decided we’d rather make the descent easier and avoid injury if possible.
Tomorrow I think we’ll be buying another baby gate to put across his doorway so that if he does go roaming at least he won’t get far. Guess I’ll have to be on my toes keeping his bedroom 100% Sam proof now too… I have a nightmare scenario in my head where he manages to get into the Diaper Champ.
At least Sam’s escapades seemed to have taken his mind off teething. That has been quite miserable today. I’m pretty sure the molars are coming in now and causing him some grief because he keeps turning into an angry little baby and rubbing at his face. I checked in his mouth and you can definitely feel the sharp little toothpegs breaking the gums at the back. Poor little guy.