Do you remember my post about my baby growing up, and how we crossed two more milestones off for Bryce? Well, apparently I posted a little too soon.
We had to put Bryce back in Pull-Ups at night time. When Brian suggested that we not get any more after we ran out, I will admit that I was nervous, but he seemed to be doing well with it. Yeah, that didn’t last long.
The first accident was no big deal. The pee spot was in the middle of the bed, and luckily, Bryce wasn’t using his pillow as a body pillow like he does occasionally. I changed out the sheets and the mattress pad, and we continued with the undies. He had another accident two nights later when he was laying on top of his pillow, and then another after that, and another…
I was getting to the point where I was sick of changing Bryce’s sheets every other day. Not only that, but he was waking up earlier than usual because I’m sure he was uncomfortable. The final straw was when I woke up with him in my bed, pretty much on top of me, with wet pants. Yep, we bought Pull-Ups that day!
It sucks to think you have hit a milestone, only to find out you didn’t. It’s OK, though. So, Bryce may have to wear Pull Ups to bed for a few more months. No biggie. He will still continue to go potty before bed and I have told him that if he wakes up and has to go potty that he needs to go on the toilet. I think the bed-wetting was actually quite discouraging for Bryce because it was happening so often, so now he can build his confidence back up and try again.
And do you remember when I said that we didn’t have a reason to NOT move Bryce to a toddler bed? Well we learned what that reason was after we made the conversion. The kid does not like to stay in his bed!
Rylie doesn’t get out of her bed once she gets in it. Ever. When I was a kid, I didn’t either, because I always thought that something was going to come out from under my bed and grab my feet. I think she has the same fear. I have always said that Bryce will probably be the one who doesn’t stay in his bed, and I was right.
The first few nights in his big boy bed went well. He knew that if he got out of bed that we were going to have to put his crib up, and he pretty much told us that every night. A few nights later, though, he stopped caring.
Bryce first started getting up to get toys to bring back to his bed with him. We would go in and remove them and tell them that he can’t have hard toys like Buzz Lightyear and bulldozers in his bed. Well he showed us, I guess. The next night he got up and locked his door, and then proceeded to get the toys he wanted and put them in his bed. This is what I saw that night when I finally unlocked his door…
I guess he showed us! One motto I live by with my kids is to "pick your battles", so we stopped fighting that battle. If he gets up and gets a couple of toys to put in bed with him, we just go in after he goes to sleep and remove them. He doesn’t play long, and at least once he gets his toys, he does stay in bed. Well, at least for most of the night.
I have woken up the past several days with an extra person in my bed. The crazy thing is that he doesn’t even wake me up when he comes in there. I do sleep ridiculously sound, so I guess he just climbs up and gets in between Brian and me. While I don’t mind snuggling with the little stinker, Brian and I get up really early during the week, and he doesn’t need to be up that early. So we told him that if it is still dark when he wakes up, he has to stay in his bed. I woke up this morning without an extra body in my bed, so hopefully that rule will stick!
As I write this post over an hour after he got in bed, Bryce is still clowning around in his room. He keeps getting up and putting stuff under his bed, and if we peek in on him, he jumps back into his bed and pretends to be sleeping. What a stinker! I just tell him to go to sleep and then walk away. There is no sense in giving him the attention he is trying to get. Late night battles with toddlers are pointless. I have certainly learned that lesson over and over again.
I have a feeling Bryce will learn a lesson too, because he is going to be extra tired tomorrow...
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