As for the suggestion about the tent thing that goes over the crib, I had already thought about that and checked into it. Many of the reviewers said that their child was able to figure out how to unzip the tent and get out. I decided if unzipping it could be done, Thad would figure it out. We ended up moving the gate from the stairway to his doorway. We didn't do this at first because his door won't shut with it there. But we were out of other ideas. Of course this won't keep him in his crib, but at least he can't get out of his room. We figured if he got up and
couldn't go anywhere he might get bored and go back to bed. For this to work, he had to be able to get back into his bed. So, we took the front rail off the crib. We had one of those little short side rails that convert the crib into a toddler bed, so we got that out. We've had it since before Hollace was born, but never used it. It was actually a little sad to do this. This is the first time in almost 7 years that this crib hasn't been used as a "crib" for a "baby".
Anyway, this helped a little. Brent and I take turns on "doorway" duty, sitting on a chair outside Thad's door after we put him to bed. As long as we are sitting there he doesn't get up nearly as often. Now maybe 3 or 4 times, which is much better than 37!!! We usually have to sit there until he is nearly asleep. Then he gets up once or twice during the night and is up for good by about 6. SO, still not great, but better than it was.
I just keep thinking, it's a good thing he's cute!
Hollace got her first Progress Report last week, and it was very good. Her teacher wrote, "Hollace is a great 1st grader. I am proud of her exemplary behavior. She is a good friend and an asset to our classroom." We are very proud of her. She has a spelling test every Friday and has made 106 on every one so far. She was upset the second week and I couldn't figure out why. I discovered it was because she had wanted to do better than she had the first week, but 106 is the highest she could get! Her teacher also wrote that she has "Great handwriting". Here is one of her tests.
I don't want to leave Rhett out of this little "Progress Report". He is doing much better staying in bed, and just getting a little easier in general. I know it probably has some to do with how high maintenance Thad is, but Rhett is slowly progressing AWAY from the "difficult child" title!.............Ok, talk about timing. Thad JUST very proudly brought me a toilet bowl cleaning brush after dripping a trail of toilet water clear through the house...................Oh my! Like I said, he sure is CUTE isn't he!?!