So for awhile there, I thought we were making progress. He still ran around his room for awhile at bedtime, but I figured that was probably normal. But then there was the waking before 6am thing, which was a full 90-ish minutes earlier than he used to wake. And there was also the short nap thing, where he was waking about an hour sooner than he did in his crib. So add that up, and we were dealing with a kid missing 2-3 hours of sleep each 24 hour period. And you know what that meant? It meant he was a beast of previously unseen levels of beastliness. Which made me kind of a beast, as well.
After I whined via email to a friend about it (Anne again), she sent me a link to this article. Which said in part "But it's best not to react to climbing out of the crib or any other sudden sleep problem with a sense of alarm" and "If you find that your great sleeper all of a sudden takes a long time to fall asleep at night, gets out of bed many times or wanders around the house, he's probably not ready for his own bed. As with potty-training, sometimes it's worth taking a step back and bringing back the diapers — or in this case, the crib — and trying again later." I read all that, then yelled to J "GO GET YOUR TOOLS!" I mean, the article said to give it a few nights. We'd given it a week+1 and we were still wanting to drink heavily every day. But then while he worked on the bed to crib transformation upstairs, I started getting all hyperventilately about whether THAT was right or whether we'd be inflicting some long term kind of damage on the kid by introducing some fun new big boy thing, depriving him of sleep for a week, then sending him back to babyville. But fortunately I was on the phone with my friend Jenny at that point, who gave me a big verbal eye roll and told me it was fine, he's two, he won't remember any of this. Good thing I've got honest friends, right? We sold it to Anderson like "oh, hey look! Your super cool crib is back! You're the coolest kid ever in your super cool crib!" and not like "we were going to sell you on Craigslist if we kept that ridiculousness up." So, that was smart.
Best part was, the Mister was happy to see his crib. And I'll be damned if he didn't go RIGHT back to his sleeping habits of old. (Old = Pre-Toddler BedGate.) Yesterday? Up at 7:30am, not beastly, a good 2.25 hour nap, and once again, not beastly. Today? Didn't hear a peep until 7:40am. I think it's pretty clear he just wasn't ready. He's happy, mama's happy, lesson learned.