Poppy has always had her own idea of when the appropriate time is to reach milestones.
She quit nursing on her own cold-turkey when she was 14 months old.
She decided she was ready to use the toilet at around two years old, and three months later, we were done with diapers entirely.
She insisted I remove her booster seat from her chair at the table about a month ago. Her chin is now about level with the table unless she kneels on her chair, but she was done with that booster and there was to be no discussion about it.
And now, the crib has been retired.
That was the bed my brother made for his daughters when they were sharing a room. When they decided they wanted their own rooms, they each got a single bed and he asked us if we had any use for a bunk bed. We didn't at the time, but I knew we would need a bed for Poppy eventually, so A. brought it back with him from his trip to Tucson for Thanksgiving last year.
Then it sat in the barn for several months. But today, we hauled it out, hosed it off, and set it up.
It was a little sad retiring the crib that has been in constant use since Cubby was born. That's more than a decade of putting babies in that old, hand-me-down crib with the cheesy lambs painted on the side that we got from my friend Alyssa.
But there's nothing but big kids in this house now, so out goes the crib and in goes the big bed.