Here are a few things I learned while on vacation:
- Alpaca yarn is very soft
- Alpacas require big, friendly (to humans) dogs to protect them from predators
- Ostriches are perfectly capable of protecting themselves from predators, thank you very much
- A positive genetic link has been found between the ostrich and the t-rex (must be why they're so capable of protecting themselves)
- My father-in-law seemed a little serious about the idea of starting an alpaca farm
- Although my son can say the word "baby," he is wary of tiny babies, especially ones that make noise
- I still sometimes get motionsickness, especially when paying attention to a wiggling child during turbulence (no barf bags needed, thankfully)
Wait... what was that last?
Yes, my son learned to climb out of the portable crib while we were in California. I had just put him down for his nap and then prepared to go to a wine tasting. I was coming out of the bathroom (right next to our bedroom) when I saw the doorhandle moving. The half-formed thought in my mind was that somebody had gone into the bedroom again, which was odd, when the door opened and my son peeked out at me. I'll never forget that moment. We stared at each other for a moment, me in shock and him with a mischevious smile, before he closed the door and scampered back into the room. I walked in a daze to the living room (where my father-in-law, who had been sunbathing by our bedroom window, had just come inside because he'd heard a thump) to ask whether anyone had gone into our son's room. No one had.
Finally my brain, almost in slow motion, made the full connection that he'd gotten out on his own. I headed back to the room to put him back in the crib when I started laughing, and I had to stay out until I'd regained my composure. I couldn't stop marvelling at his accomplishment for the rest of the day--my son had hit a major milestone!
After we got home, I checked the height of the rails of his crib against the height of the portable crib, and they were pretty darn close--so it was time to consider Big Boy Bed options. My husband wants to get him a racecar bed. Low-end toddler beds start at about $70, but racecar toddler beds start at $200. If we're going to spend that much on a bed, it had darn well better last for a while, so we're thinking of doing a twin-size racecar bed. We've found a few options, including these two woodworking plans that we could make ourselves--and when I say ourselves, I mean with the help of our dads :)
Which do you like better? The second one requires more wood, probably because it boasts a "hidden storage area" (presumably a drawer underneath) and also sounds like it's a little more complex (i.e. harder for us novice woodworkers.) I like how they both use the spoiler for a shelf.
Then my husband found this bed. It's $900 ($1100 if you count shipping)
Of course, none of these beds match the jungle theme in our son's room, but hey, the kid loves cars.
For now, we took the dropside off the crib and added a bedrail, making our own daybed. So far, he's stayed in bed at naptime (knock on wood.) We'll keep it like this until we figure out (and possibly build) whatever bed he'll use for the next ten years or so.
I love this picture. "What's this?"