Sunday, June 6, 2010

Big Girl Bed!!

Several months ago, when we got our tax refund, we decided to spend part of it on Myra's Big Girl bed.  She wasn't (or we weren't!) ready for it then, but we decided last weekend that perhaps the time was ripe.  So, Mitch hauled out all the boxes to assemble it, and found that the headboard was cracked.  Grrr.  A check of Ikea's website had no mention of this particular bed (besides, how long ago did I throw away that receipt??), so we decided to fix it ourselves rather than make the long drive to Austin to see about an exchange or something.  We're resourceful that way.  Anyway, it meant waiting another week as glue dried and cured.  So, yesterday we were ready!  Until about halfway through the assembly when we realized that we were missing the support slats that are packaged separately from the beds.  Grrr, again.  Should we try for a fix ourselves, or was it time to make the drive south?
We decided to try to support the bed with plywood slats that Mitch cut.  Here is Myra testing it out.  As you can see, it seems to have worked!
No problems getting in or out.
The side rail seems sturdy.  Thanks for helping with the quality assurance there, Logan!  Unfortunately, after a bit of aggressive jumping on Logan's part, it became clear that our slats slid around and would allow the mattress to fall between them.  Sorry, I should have taken a picture of that!  Don't worry - Logan wasn't injured.  Anyway, that meant that we were going to HAVE to head to Ikea to get the missing part.
Naptime came first, though.  Then we headed south, got the missing slats (and a sheet that fit the new mattress), had a great dinner with Dan at Katz's, then came home, to reassemble the new bed.
And have a picnic,  Check out that awesome sharing!!  Good job, Logan.  Myra slept well on her new bed last night, but it doesn't seem to have occurred to her that she could get out if she wished.  Perhaps we'll let her figure that out on her own...


Claudia and Glenn Walker said...

what a big girl she is! I love the last picture. Those are indeed priceless moments:)

randivon said...

I was wondering what your long drive was yesterday. That explains it. :-)
Anywho, my opinion would be NOT to let her know she can get out on her own. Mary did not figure it out until she was almost three. Although it was frustrating at times, it really did make putting her down for naps and bed a whole lot easier. Lisa... not so much. So try to encourage that behavior as long as possible. Good luck with continued good sleeping!