Monday, July 30, 2012

Time for a Toddler Bed

We had originally ordered all the components that went with Keira's crib at the same time as the crib. Several months later, we had the crib as well as the rails for a full-size conversion. When the toddler rail was put on back order with no estimated arrival date, we ended up cancelling the order. We figured a rail was easy enough to get or make when the time came.

Well, it came. So I measured and Doug got the materials and cut it to size. Now, it was my job to stain & seal it. I used stain that we already had for our upstairs woodwork. It's fairly close to the color of her crib so I figured it'd be good enough. Then it was sprayed with lacquer.

Shortly after Doug put on the last coat of lacquer, it started raining. We had it under the carport so it wasn't in danger. Ha! The wetness of the air turned big patches white. Needless to say, we weren't happy. So I turned to Pinterest (where else, right?). We decided to try the ironing method. It works! Whoo! It didn't get 100% percent, but it came pretty darn close.

We let it sit the 24 hours it recommends and then we installed it. Keira helped. We took off the front of the crib.

Keira showed us how well she could climb into it herself.

Doug drilled the holes. (No, he did not drill through the floor, he was only marking in this pic)

Keira wasn't fond of the drill.

A few minutes later and it was attached. Of course, knowing how much she moves in her sleep, I made sure to move the spare mattress to catch her when she rolls out.

It's strange. I'm really excited for her to move onto the next stage and to achieve each new milestone, but I can't help but to be sad that my little girl is growing up a little more everyday.

"Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will move mountains. "

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