Tuesday, August 13, 2013
A Weekend of Firsts
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).
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!