Travis' mom came for a visit a few months ago. During her time here, she waved her Grandma wand over our house and all sorts of things appeared. Due to the explosion of Tonka trucks and shovels and other outdoor toys, it now takes Travis a good 10 minutes of cleaning up the backyard before he can even start to mow the lawn. Inside the house, baby clothes reappeared from their exile to the garage and were lovingly sorted into a dresser in the guest/baby room.
(If you don't have a mother-in-law who is a force of organizational wonder, I feel sorry for you. Not sorry enough to loan out mine...but sorry enough to shake my head in pity for you.)
She also sent Travis and I to IKEA on a mission to find Luke a Big Boy Bed (a BBB). After our earlier back and forth over what to do about Luke's room, we had finally settled on a new sleeping arrangement. We rearranged the furniture in the guest bedroom and cleared out the closet, so that there would be room for the crib and rocking chair. We have guests a few times a year, but mostly it is an unused room, so we decided to keep Baby Boy #2 in there until he's old enough to share a room with Luke (or we get a bigger house! Ha! ONE day...maybe). He can always bunk with us in our room in the bassinet or pack-n-play when we need the room for guests.
With the crib moving to the guest room, we decided to go for a full sized twin bed for Luke. I wasn't certain when we would make the transition, but my husband and MIL thought we should try it out that very weekend! I was skeptical that it would work and I was hesitant to mess up a good thing, since he's been so easy to put down for naps and bedtime in the past 6 months or so. But I was wrong. He took to the BBB like a champ!
We settled on the Tromso twin sized bed from IKEA and it has really been an easy transition. We put his bumper pad on the rails that line three sides, and then added an extra rail on the open side. It still feels a little like a crib, but he can climb in and out on his own because it's so low to the ground. He still looks crazy-tiny in that big bed, but he seems to like it. And while he still hasn't figured out how to open doors on his own, when he gets up in the morning, he justs plops down in front of the door and bangs on it until someone comes to set him free.
Of course, there have been a few set backs along the way....like we found out a couple weeks ago when we went to check on him after he had been particularly stubborn about going to bed one night.
But 99% of the time, he sleeps in the actual bed and not the chair.