Wham, Bam, Poof! Gabriel is now a toddler. Yesterday we bought him some new shoes that he proudly ran through the store wearing. His feet are only a couple sizes smaller than his big sister's. Both he and his sister got new "sock" shoes that they can only wear with their socks on. So, hopefully the fall transition happens and there isn't much more hot weather (not that there has been much this year).
Instead of automatically getting strapped into a stroller or shopping cart, Gabriel can now walk by himself (in the case that there are enough adults along to hold his hand). He's not quite to the listening and obeying stage (not that they EVER are) and will run off in a random direction once you let go of his hand, but he is proud to be a big boy walking by himself.
We went ahead and put him in his big boy bed for the first time last night (sorry Nana, we couldn't wait for his new bedding as it is getting closer and closer to new baby time - but we ARE excited for when it comes!). He climbed in, on his own, and laid down on his blanket. Two seconds later he scooted to the opening and tried to get down. After being told it was night-night time, he stayed by his blankets and had his light-up, musical Curious George doll. He put himself to sleep as usual and slept the whole night through with no problems. Then this morning at 7:22AM, I hear a THUNK, followed by crying. At the scene, it appears he fell through the hole in the bunk bed ladder and onto the floor. Not a big fall and I think he was just more shocked than anything and wasn't fully awake yet. So, I put him down for his nap in his big boy bed and haven't heard a peep (except for the initial cry when I put him down).
I think he'll do perfectly fine as a toddler, we'll see how he transitions into a big brother as the next step!