interesting problem. I too was thinking if he's grumpy the day then it's a problem but he isn't. What a kid
I am curious, how old is your first boy?
Our ds still has to have someone with him, preferable cuddling him but can cope if his hand is held while I stay next to DD to cuddle HER to sleep. I don't regret doing it this way (cuddling) because before long I'll be shut out of their lives and they do get comfort out of it--this is me justifying LOL. and while part of me knows that in a year. maybe two, he'll not need us this way anymore, some nights, I'd like to see them scamper off to bed without a complaint and just get to sleep solo. I rarely feel this way but when I do, I feel guilty about perhaps enabling them in this.
Have you tried: you are a big boy now, it's your job to get to bed at bedtime. (don't mention big boy bed, he'll blame the bed for having to go to bed)
Then ignore if he gets out of bed as long as he stays in the room and isn't disruptive. I figure the novelty of this new freedom will wear out, although I bet this is what you were thinking too and I too think 7 days is enough time for novelty to wear out.
Maybe it takes longer for him to get tired of something; how nice. But a pain in this though LOL
If he is noisy, I'd repeat the "your job" bit and add that it's ok to check out a toy or two but to do it quietly.
If that still doesn't shorten his exploring time, I'd repeat above and that the toy can be checked out on the bed.
good luck, hopefully all this advice will be moot by night number 9.
me:43, DH 44
DS: born by c-sec Apr15'03, 9lbs5oz 41wks gest. (after 4 years of ttc, starting in 1998)
DD born by c-sec Oct 13 2007, 8lbs13oz 39wk gest. (after just under 3 years of ttc)
~~DS was conceived naturally the cycle following a cancelled DE IVF, using my good friend's eggs. She was on the verge of hyperstimming.
~~DD's nat conception I attribute to using OPKs like a crazy nut, eating grapefruit daily and using preseed. also 5 cycles of TCM ending 2 cycles before that lucky cycle.