Mar 9, 2010

Out With the Old and In With the New

Adrian is not a small six year old. But he has been sleeping in this bed. It's a cute firetruck but it's a toddler bed and the mattress is the same size as a crib!

Ainsley has so many different areas of "therapy" to work on that I have to try to build it into the day or it doesn't get done. Climbing is a skill that most kids master very quickly much to their parents chagrin. They are found on top of all kind of things they shouldn't be on. Not Ainsley.

She goes to bed after the older kids (because she needs a late g-tube feeding and she takes a 3 hour nap every day) so she comes with me to say goodnight to her brother and sister. One part of the nightly routine was to help her climb up onto this little tiny bed. It took months of work and it's only been recently that she could do this on her own and only the last week or so has she been able to get herself down. It was a good little exercise for her.

But, alas it had to go. After 6+ months of negotiation I was finally able to convince Adrian to part with the firetruck bed and the twin size bed was ordered. When they delivered it last week it was cute to see Ainsley try to push it back into place when I moved it to vacuum the dust bunnies and make room for the new bed. Ahhh, change is hard when you are three. Surprisingly when the new bed was put in place she discovered a new "therapy" use for it, and uses it to pull to a stand and a sidestep here or there. Great! She needs more practice.

What is really surprising is that she loves Adrian's new bed even more. All the kids do, actually. And she has even been trying to get herself down from it! Being a captain's bed and higher than average it is not safe, but it's amazing to me that she feels brave enough to try. So I guess we're on to working on new things. It's funny the ways I measure progress. As a friend recently said, our children's progress is measured not in milestones but in inchstones. Sometimes it's even millimeter by millimeter. But it's progress and I'll take it.

And I'll leave ya with a smile.


  1. Go sweety GO!!! I love it!!! Congrats to big bro on the new big boy bed too!!!

  2. Way to go Ainsley!!!! Love the big boy bed- where'd you get it? We are looking for one like that for the little man! ITs super cute!

  3. We ordered it though Go To Your Room in Bellevue WA. Here's a link but I'm not sure where you could get it locally. I love the storage!!!