Thursday, September 9, 2010

Sawyer's Big Boy Truck Bed

Since Melissa is due to deliver our second son sometime in the next couple of weeks, we decided that it was time for Sawyer to give up the crib. I decided it would be a fun project for me to build him a bed. His nursery is a safari theme, and his favorite things in the world are trucks. So I decided to make his bed a safari truck of some sort. I settled on a Unimog, because they look tough and would likely be used on a safari.

So with a rough idea of the plan in my head, I bought some plywood, 2x4s, screws, paint, and other random supplies, and went to work. The tires are used tires I got from a tire shop. The steering wheel is from an old riding lawnmower. Melissa asked for storage for toys and such, so I made the hood open into a toy chest, and also the hubcaps are little doors so you he can put things inside the tires.

I really had a lot of fun doing this. It took a long time, and Melissa has been patient since we haven't parked in the garage for about a month now. It was nice to be able to do something hands on and stretch my creativity. So far he's done a pretty good job of staying in the bed at night, but nap time is more challenging since he can get out and play and it's not dark in his room. He also has learned how to turn door knobs now, which we were hoping he wouldn't learn for a little while longer. We've had to put the child proof knob cover on his door so he can't escape and explore the house while we're sleeping. We hear him knocking on his door in the morning and after naps to let us know he's awake.

This is the license plate on his truck.

A quick update on Meli-she had an ultrasound last Wednesday, and it was estimating that the baby weighed in at about 8 pounds already. They have scheduled her for a C-section on the 21st, but they will let her labor if he decides to come before then. They will do another ultrasound on the 17th, to check on him again.
We'll post pics of the new baby's nursery soon and hopefully, of the new baby even sooner!


mamamel said...

That's seriously awesome, Greg! I can't believe you did it without plans, too. All the details are so great! I love the pics of Sawyer playing in it. He's so cute!
I'm glad u/s this late are pretty inaccurate--that's what I'm hoping for poor Meli!!!
Good luck during these last few days before baby!

Mrs. Fabulous said...

Hang on.... I need to catch my breath... OMG- that is seriously the cutest thing I've ever seen!!!!

Melissa, I've been thinking about you, hoping that everything is going well. Just a few more weeks!! Love you! xoxo

Becky J. said...

That bed is amazing! Wow, what a dream room for a little boy.

And good luck, Mel, with everything these next few weeks! I hope you'll go into labor on your own, or if not that the c-section will go really well! You're amazing, and I'll be praying for you. Love you!

Stacy said...

I found this at Be Different Act Normal. I love it! I love decorating for kids.Great Job!!!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Are you joking? That is every little boy's dream! My son would go crazy over that. He probably would never sleep! I am in love!

Cardon + Kelly Webb said...

That is soooo rad! You did such a great job! I am really impressed. You could go into business, i want one. How fun for Sawyer. I can't wait to meet the new little one. xoxo