Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Great Fall of 2012

Last night was quite the night around here. Quite the night, indeed. My mom was visiting and when I asked Evalyn if she wanted to read the bible before bed, she said “Nana Bi-bo”. So, Nana came in, read the bible, said the prayers, sang the songs and put her in bed. This normally wouldn’t be an issue but it seems that she’s going through a little bit of a separation anxiety, Mama-only stage. I’m sure if I had been out of the house, she would have been fine. But, she knew I was right there and when she realized saying, “Nana bi-bo” meant Mommy wouldn’t be putting her to bed, she wasn’t impressed.

I could tell as soon as my mom came out of the room that Evalyn was not pumped. The cry wasn’t the normal fussing herself to sleep cry. I went in right away because I knew she wouldn’t calm down and also, I was worried about her falling out of the crib since I have found her attempting to climb out a few times over the past week. She was standing up, but wasn’t trying to climb out this time. I scooped her up, rocked, sang, and laid her back down. As usual. She said “night night” and kissed me just like normal, and snuggled with her lovey, so I thought she’d be fine. I walked out, shut the door, and a second later heard a big cry. Then a thump. Then another big cry.

I ran in and found her on her hands and knees on the floor beside the crib. It was obvious that she wasn’t hurt, because she calmed down fairly quickly once we were snuggling in the rocking chair, but she was obviously scared and shaken up over the ordeal. And, you know, so was I. My mom called Evan in from the shop, so he came in to deal with his two babies, who were both crying. He took her and tried to get her calmed down and back to bed while I whimpered in the corner, but she wanted Mama. So we brought her out of her room to the couch for a while to cool down. Clearly she was okay, because as soon as she heard the train outside, she stopped crying, said “Oh train!” and laughed. Once she seemed to be settled, Ev took her back into her room and read the bible, starting bedtime routine from the start.

It took her a little longer than normal to get herself settled and to sleep, but she definitely was much calmer and the cries were normal, fussing herself to sleep, cries. Once she fell asleep, about 45 minutes or an hour later than normal, I snuck in and arranged a few soft, cushy blankets on the floor around the crib – just in case. Thankfully, she slept the entire night without a peep. This morning, she seemed to be the one person in the house who forgot about the incident.

Of course, I was shaken up and upset about it. These kind of things hurt the Mama heart. Although, thanks to the trusty twitter, I was reassured that she’d be fine and so many of the other Mamas told me that their kids have pulled the same kind of stunts and have been okay. After she fell out, I thought about setting up the pack and play, so she couldn’t climb out. Evan thought we should stick to her crib, and trust that the scare of the fall would be enough to keep her from trying it again. So, hopefully he’s right. If not, the big girl bed may be closer in our future than we anticipated.

11 comments:

{annie} said...

A friend of mine had this issue last week. Her son climbed out and ended up in the bath tub fully clothed. What they ended up doing was taking the spring out of the bed and putting her mattress on the floor with the crib around it. They left the bumber on but now there is NO WAY he can get out! Might try that! Good luck! Glad she's ok!

Mama Perks said...

So glad we have twitter to help each other through these tough-mama-moments. But praise the lord that our resilient children show us time and again how tough they are ;) Glad the rest of the night was peaceful for you girl!!!

Laura @ My Thoughts-Uninterrupted said...

Oh goodness, what a scare! Hopefully she won't try that again for both of your sakes. That would scare me to death! Sounds like you guys handled it perfectly though.

Katie @ Loves of Life said...

Oh man. I am awaiting the day. But I KNOW Emeline will be scared to poop if she does that. She is wimpy when it comes to climbing/falling. Big girl beds all around!

Lindsey said...

Poor Evalyn!!! But moreso poor mama!!! Thank goodness she is ok and I am sure you guys will figure out what will work best for you- big girl bed vs crib! Hugs!

Quinn said...

Oh Evalyn...what a little daredevil!! I am dreading that day when I have a crib-climber on my hands. I like her nice, snug, and safe in her crib!

Aunt Shelley said...

Andy slept in the crib until he was about 2.5yrs...never tried to get out. Mitch was out of the crib by Evalyn's age although he took the route of climbing onto the dresser and down the drawer handles and we never had an actual fall. Hopefully our monkey rug met her at the bottom. I can't help but think of your sister falling down the stairs at grandma V's...I'll bet your mom thought about that last night. Call me or email me...we need to set up birthday dinner soon.

Amy Silver said...

Oh goodness! So glad she's okay! These things can be so scary! Rest assured though, if it wasn't the crib, it would've been something else. Kids have a knack of just falling into, out of, and against things. Hasn't happened to us yet, but I would've reacted the exact same! Now copy and paste this for when my turn comes ;-)

Jen + Jeff said...

Scary! Glad she (and you too) is okay! I noticed Leila putting her foot over the side of her crib when I took her sleep sack off. At this point she'll be wearing one of those things until she graduates to a big bed.

Aliya said...

OMG poor baby! This is my new biggest fear seeing as how little man just learned how to pull himself up... we lowered his crib mattress but I'm still worried he's going to catapult himself over one of these days! I'm glad to hear that you're both ok!

Penny said...

Oh my gosh, my friend had the same problem this weekend!! She was so scared when she found her little daughter, but, thankfully, C wasn't hurt.