Alas (or Hurrah!), our little boy is fast becoming a little man.
I'm going back to work full-time next week, and Ethan's going to preschool. At preschool, he will be expected to do all kinds of things he hasn't much had to do. He'll have to share toys with others, drink from a regular cup, and nap on a cot. Therefore, we decided it was time for his crib to make it's conversion to a toddler bed.
I spent a good hour today clearing his room of everything but the barest of necessities (the crib, his dresser, and his changing table). I did leave his toy box in there but shut all the toys inside. Out of sight, out of mind, right? I also left some of those items he has never shown much interest in, such as extra diapers, wipes, his playpen, etc. I also decided to leave Tyrone, because Ethan tucks Tyrone into bed on the floor next to him every night.
Tonight Greg made the conversion. Ethan helped, of course, by climbing onto Greg's back and swinging like a monkey during the entire affair.
Ethan seems pleased with the result. Now we just have to see how he handles his first night in a toddler bed. Actually, who are we kidding? Tonight, with its inevitable struggle to get Ethan to stay in bed will be much worse on us than on Ethan!