Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A Weekend of Firsts

1st night in his big boy bed

So Hank and I might just be crazy but we decided we would transition Henry to his big boy bed just days before Charlie makes his grand arrival. I feel like he's been ready for awhile, but because he's never really tried to get out of his crib and really loves sleeping in it, I thought we'd hold off for awhile longer. Recently though I've been feeling like he's just way too big to be in a crib and I really wanted to emphasize his big boy/big brother status to him, so we went for it. I'm actually redoing his whole room- don't mind those wrinkly curtains, they're temporary- and the first three pieces (the locker nightstand, new dresser, and bed) are in place, even though the whole room is still bare and needs decorating. It's been so fun planning a "big boy" room and I can't wait to share when it's completed.

I'll talk about the entire crib-to-bed process in a post dedicated to the transition soon, but I'm pleased to tell you that the move was seamless and we haven't had one issue! Hooray, Henry! I really attribute this to waiting longer than we even thought we should. It's only been a couple of nights and naps, but so far so good. Once we're a good week or so into it I'll share more.

Another huge first this past weekend was taking Henry to his first movie in the theater. We chose Planes (he's a big fan of Cars already), and after watching the trailer a few days prior, he was totally excited. Hank and I were both a little apprehensive because Henry is super chatty and doesn't always like to sit still, but we were pleasantly surprised. We talked a lot about how to behave in a theater before we went in- how we need to be quiet, stay in our seats, all that good stuff. A couple of things- even though Henry is 35 pounds he still wasn't heavy enough to keep the seat pushed down on his own. Luckily I had a full water bottle with me and that fixed the issue when placed in the seat with him, but if you have an even smaller kiddo I'd definitely plan ahead and bring something to weigh it down if you don't want to keep your hand on it the whole time. I was also worried he might not be able to see without a booster seat, but we sat right at the bar level, and he could see just fine (he's 3'3" for reference).

1st movie...Planes!

1st movie...Planes!

Overall it was a great experience. He was blown away by the big screen, the comfy seats, and all of the loud noises. I'm kind of weird and even though we absolutely allow treats and fun food from time to time, because it was his first experience and I feel like that first experience defines what a movie is, we didn't do popcorn or candy. Instead I brought fruit and got some healthy snacks. I know, I know...where's the fun, Mom? ;) Next time I figure we can do popcorn but I just didn't want him to think that a movie means bad food, you know? So that was part of it too, picking out healthy snacks together to bring in.

The only speedbump we hit was towards the end of the movie- there was a scary scene with a storm, and Henry got frightened and said he wanted to go home a few times. Hank took him into the lobby for just a moment, then they came back in and we were all good. All in all I'd highly recommend the movie Planes as a first film for a little one! We loved it.

So yay for a weekend of firsts- and our last weekend as a family of three!

57 comments:

  1. from the blogger photo in my blog roll, i thought you had duck taped him down into bed, lol... glad it was a smooth transition without duck tape:) he is too cute for words!

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    1. HAHA! Believe me, I'm not above that option! ;)

      And thanks lady, I hope you are doing well- so nice to see a comment from you! <3

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  2. sounds like a wonderful last weekend as a family of three.
    big brother is ready for little brother to arrive.

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    1. He really is. This morning he woke up yelling "THREE DAYS, MOMMY!"

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    2. He'll be here in 3 days?! For some reason I thought you still had like another week or two until the big day. Aww yay, I'm excited for you. :D

      J.

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    3. No, Friday morning! Sooo insane. And thanks lady! <3

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  3. We are in the process of transitioning too. We've got the mattress but I can't find the right frame. Can I ask where you got that one?

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    1. Of course! It's from Ikea- here's the link: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00214548/

      Yay for transitioning, even though I think us Moms are a little more sad than the little ones!

      <3

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  4. I think it's so great that you are intentional with Henry, even down to the point of explaining appropriate movie theater behavior. I feel many parents forget that kids need to be taught these things!

    Sending you and your family exciting and happy thoughts/vibes for the BIG transition! So soon!

    XO
    Brenda
    brendaabel.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Brenda! I agree, so we always try to be. And thank you for the happy thoughts and vibes. I'm getting nervous about the c-section so all positive things my way are beyond appreciated!

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  5. I remember my first trip to the theater. It was to see Aladdin, and when the man tore my ticket and gave me half back, I thought I needed it to get back out. Well, I lost my ticket stub under a seat and spent the entire movie terrified that they weren't going to let me back out. Ha!

    My little guy is still in his crib. Like you mentioned, he doesn't try to climb out and sleeps really great in there, so I have been putting off the transition.

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    1. Aladdin! So so awesome. I'm not the biggest fan of the newer Disney movies and Aladdin is such a classic and the perfect first movie!

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  6. Just curious if you remember your first movie in the theater, Danielle?

    I think mine was the Little Mermaid!

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    1. Mine was Follow That Bird! Have you seen it?

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  7. That's so funny he couldn't weigh the seat down! Never thought about that. I guess my first movie was The Lion King in our ancient local theatre and the seats had probably lost their spring-up mechanism anyway!

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    1. I hadn't thought about it either and when it happened I was like OH DUH! It had never crossed my mind!

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  8. My guys both fell out of bed their first night in a "real" bed so the second night I lined the floor around the bed with pillows and of course, they never fell out again.

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    1. Oh gosh! Yeah, we padded all around it with the cushions from our outdoor furniture. Luckily he stayed put!

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  9. I'm pretty sure Henry is probably the coolest kid ever. His pose with the Planes cutout is just too cute. And I love the idea of Henry getting good snacks when going to the theater. Such a good way to emphasize making good/healthy choices.

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    1. Aww thank you Jackie! I think he's pretty cool! ;)

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  10. So cute! I think my first film in a theater was Little Mermaid, at a birthday party, and I got SO scared when the shark chases Ariel! Just remembered that :). Congrats to you on your weekend of firsts and enjoy these last few special days as a trio.

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    1. Such a perfect first movie. I think it may have been my sister's first too!

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  11. I dont remember my first movie in the theater but I know that I was older than Henry. I am so excited for you guys as you transition to a family of 4 on Friday! :) cannot wait to see pictures of Charlie's beautiful face!

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    1. Thank you so much Jessica...so soon! Eek!

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  12. Good for him! Some kids are just ready. Same goes for potty training. Either they're ready or they aren't. He looks so pleased in that photo! He may have exhibit some signs of regression once Charlie is here, but I think he's very ready to be a big brother.

    I always forget about how many firsts there are for children. I have no idea what my first movie in the movie theater was. I do absolutely remember being being small and singing a song to myself: "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Honey I Shrunk the Kids." Both of those movies came out in 89, when I was three, so maybe it was one of those. ;)

    The Rambling Fangirl

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    1. I totally agree. We actually tried potty training awhile ago but he just wasn't ready. I think he's just about fully ready now and I'm actually looking forward to it this time instead of dreading it!

      I also happen to love those two movies you mentioned, especially Honey, I Shrunk the Kids! So good.

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  13. Aww he's getting so big! I kind of want to take my daughter to the movies for her 3rd birthday next month but I'm so scared of taking her on my own. I mean for the most part she can sit through a movie at home but sometimes she gets cranky or can't sit still and has to run around. That's what I'm worried about.

    I'm glad he enjoyed the movie and I hope he's enjoying his big boy bed!

    J.

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    1. Henry is the same way at home- he has never made it through a whole movie just hanging out in our bed or on the couch, but for some reason this was different. I think it's just such an experience for them that they're super into it! Let me know if you try it!

      <3

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  14. Great moments!!!

    Omg! only 2 days to meet Charlie! you three should be very excited!!! :D

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  15. That picture of Henry in his new big bed is so adorable!! I bet he'll remember his first trip to the cinema for ages - must be such an amazing experience for a little one.

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  16. Ahhhhh precious! So exciting for Henry, first movie and first big dude bed.

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  17. Enjoy!!! Love that pic in the bed! Hope it lasts (I unfortunately had 2 girls who loved it at first, but turned into escape artists! LOL) Love your decorating!! Sounds like a fun time at the movie! :) So excited for you- the anticipation is so awesome!

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    1. Haha! You never know with Henry- he is a wild one. So I will keep you posted on it, maybe he will be the same way but so far, so good!

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  18. So exciting for Henry! What a big guy <3 I can't wait to read your post on transitioning.. My baby is only 11 months, but I will definitely like to read it for future reference!

    Also, perhaps you will include what Henry's nap and bedtime routines are? I guess this might change very, very soon!!!

    Cinnamon-g1rl

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    1. I absolutely will! :) He is SUCH a sleeper so prepare to be like jesus, that kid sleeps a lot! haha.

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  19. Last weekend as a family of three, wow!! That's so exciting!!

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    1. It really is so exciting! I can't believe C. will be here in just a couple of days...

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  20. Oh very exciting for you! My daughter is 2.5 and I still have her in crib I'm too scared to transition her! Congrats to the new baby who should be here any time:) good luck and wishes got smooth transitions!

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  21. E.T. I don't remember because I was 2, but my parents always tell me how I sat with my mouth open in amazement and never made a peep. E.T. is still my favorite movie to this day.

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    1. Oh god I LOVE that movie. I haven't seen it forever and now I am def. putting it on the must-see list. Thank you! :)

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  22. I love that you wanted him to experience the movie without junk food! If you don't mind sneaking food in you could always bring your own healthy popcorn from home! I love air popped popcorn with just a little salt and pepper. It'll save you money and he'll still get the movie theater food, be eating what everyone else is eating in the theater, but a healthy version. ^.^

    x Sara from tinysugarbee.blogspot.com

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    1. That's such a good idea! I didn't even think to bring our own popcorn but I will definitely do that next time. <3

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  23. I'm so glad to know that Planes was such a great first movie experience. My almost-3yo adores Cars, so, you know, what else would we choose? It should be such a fun time and now I'm even more excited!

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    1. Yes! It's JUST like Cars so I am sure your little one will love it. Let me know how it goes! <3

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  24. He looks so cute and proud in his new bed!! Just adorable. I put my boys in beds around the age of 2 I think they slept better than in the crib ~Here's to new adventures ~Love Heather

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    1. Heather,

      I SO agree! Since we made the change he's been sleeping in later and taking longer naps. I think his crib had just gotten so uncomfortable for him that the bed is a welcome change. <3

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  25. What a busy week! :) Hope he adapts really well to his new bed, and his new baby bro!
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

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  26. I cannot remember my first movie! I know my little brother's was the first Harry Potter movie. And earlier this summer I got to take my sorta-nephew to his first movie. We saw Despicable Me 2! He also couldn't keep the seat down and just sat in my lap the whole time. :)

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  28. He is such a precious child! I remember reading about Henry's birth. He is beautiful!

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