Since Christmas, Harper has been sleeping on her sleeping bag, on the floor. Every night, as I walk out the room, I’m sad she’s on the floor. She obviously likes it, since she sleeps there every night. I figured it was finally time to convert her crib into a toddler bed. After all, we moved Jacob in December when he was this age, so she’s already a month behind.

We made the decision to do this and started talking it up with her. Then, I called the baby furniture store. All I wanted was the toddler rail conversion. And guess what? They quoted me 10-14 weeks. What? How can I explain to my 22 month old that her “big girl bed” was only a short 2.5-3.5 months away? So, naturally, we went to Target. Doesn’t Target have EVERYTHING?

We ended up buying the kind of rail that slides under the mattress. Proud of our ingenuity, we started disassembling the bed this morning…right before nap. And guess what? That toddler rail conversion kit obviously has more than just a short rail in it. Because when we took off the front of her crib, the bed no longer stood up on its own, nor did it stay put together. See, we were missing some sort of front support brace that had the front legs of the bed along with screw holes that would be the fourth side of the bed.

Well, not to be outwitted by a crib, and not to crush our baby girl’s dreams, we rigged a solution. This was nothing a few zip ties and a stack of books couldn’t fix. In the end, Harper was super excited, and took a nap in her bed. So long sleeping on the floor!

Everyone helping daddy.

Everyone helping daddy.

Smile for the camera.

Smile for the camera.

Being silly

Being silly

See? Doesn't even stand up straight.

See? Doesn’t even stand up straight.

There we go!

There we go!

Holds two kids!

Holds two kids!

That's her smile!

That’s her smile!

Hope no one wants to read these books anytime soon...

Hope no one wants to read these books anytime soon…

…or these!

…or these!