This week Izzy has climbed out of her cot which means it won't be long before we will have 2 early morning visitors to our bed. Jasmine has only recently realised after almost 2 years in a big girls bed that she can get out of it herself (to be fair this was only after I told her to get out to use the potty at night (thanks Catharine:) so now she wakes up, has a pee & then climbs into our bed at about 5am.
Izzy has observed this freedom and is now on a mission to be free like her sister, so she has initiated self potty training which liberates her from nappies and will allow her to claim ownership of the potty and she has decided to climb out of her cot too. I'm not sure how she does it (I have yet to witness the Great Escape) but in a week she has begun to undo her sleeping bag, climb out of the cot, discard her nappy and now within 4 days happily takes herself off to the bathroom to do what's necessary. I am impressed though not too happy about the cot climbing mission as I'm now wondering if it would be better to bite the bullet and change her cotbed into a bed...not something I relish the thought of as I know with Izzy she will be spending more time getting out of bed than sleeping in it.
Not content with watching her sisters freedom, Maisy has decided she no longer wants to be content in the high chair and this week struggled and struggled until I heard a large plop and she had literally flopped out of it and was laughing at me, so yesterday I had to buy reins - something I didn't need with the first 2.
As they seem intent on escaping I've taken the decision to barricade the door to the balcony (we're on the 18th floor) as I can't get the key out of the lock because it's broken in there and the landlord doesn't seem to be in a hurry to fix it so this apartment now looks very much like a nursery (the toy boxes were discretely stacked in a corner before so it didn't look like it had been taken over quite so much by shocking pink and primary colours).
I'm also planning my great escape back to France and have been looking at how to ship our stuff back without paying a small fortune and I've just been notified by the lettings agency that we will soon be enjoying viewings over the next 2 months on the apartment. Now this makes me grimace - can you imagine the type of people looking to rent a 'pied a terre' or 'city apartment' will be thinking they are going to see a contemporary city pad and turn up to the Fitzgerald Nursery with barricaded door and second bedroom stacked full of bunk beds and 2 cots! Not to mention 3 kids who will be very excited at strangers visiting and grabbing at their 'probably armani clad' ankles. I suspect it will be them wanting to make the Great Escape.
Bonne Chance I say!