|The convertible crib she’s slept in maybe 5 times|
First, Beauty and the Bump is a judgment-free zone, right? Okay,
so yes, my three year old has been sleeping with us from the time she was a few
weeks old until just two weeks ago. Why? The helicopter mom in me just
felt more comfortable with her close by – really close by just to ease my
“what if” fears. I enjoyed our cuddle time. Plus, it just made my life as a first-time,
exclusively breast feeding mom much easier. Call me lazy, I don’t care. I need my rest. Yes, I could have let her cry it out, but, I
am not that mom.
bed sharing. With mini me seriously being half of my size in length, and
then stretching out, and kicking covers in her sleep, oh and the infrequent bed-wetting, was getting to be too much. Our queen-sized bed was not cutting it. Plus, my husband resorted to sleeping on the
couch some nights because he “couldn’t sleep peacefully” with her in the bed. Later,
I started feeling the same way. At some point, one gets tired of being woken up
by a kick, slap or feet in their <insert body part>. I was also running out of disposable pads for the
bed. And that my friends, is where I
said, ‘Kim, enough is enough!’ Mommy needs her beauty rest.
her transition into her own bed by letting her know it was time. Her room, currently, is right next door to
ours, so we can hear her in an earshot.
I let her know the following:
Daddy are right here so nothing will happen to you
and Jesus watching over you
so much better in your own bed since you’ll have room to stretch out, and you
can leave the sheets off or on when you want
your nightlight on, too. Just make sure you turn it off in the morning.
my husband came home, he asked where she was, and with the happiest heart, I
said, “She is in her bed.” No tears, no fuss; just hugs, kisses and a
story. Oh, and a small amount of
strawberry milk did the trick. It has
since been two weeks (and counting) since she began sleeping in her own
bed. .:Mom Wins!:.
|I had to take a pic so you know it’s real!|
her own bed; however, she did wake up at the crack of dawn to exclaim “Mommy,
it’s morning, can I wake up now?” Ahh, this girl is too smart for her own britches. It was 5:00 am! I said, “No, please go back
to bed.” And that she did, of course, after I gave her strawberry milk.
and not forced or shamed into changing her comfortable sleeping habits. I also noticed that in giving her a
responsibility, such as turning off her nightlight in the morning, also
encourages her to continue sleeping in her bed. She says to me “Mommy, I’m a big girl. I turn
off my light.”
unicorns, because that, it is not! She
wakes up in the morning, and then climbs in my bed or on top of me. Sometimes I let her stay, and the other
times, I put her butt right back into her bed (where she belongs). Also, she wakes me up, and me only, to take
her to the bathroom, at least once per night.
Husbands must wear some kind of invisible cloak, I swear! I guess it’s better than getting peed on,
right? I can’t win everything.
To reward her, I picked up a
little Dora the Explorer Great Smile Toothbrush Gift 3 Piece Set (Toothbrush
Holder, Toothbrush, Rinse Cup). She
loved it! She must have brushed her teeth three times between the time I gave
it to her and going to bed.
finally transition into our new home, she’s going to revert back to her old
behaviors. Hopefully, the larger room, the décor, new bed, paint etc will
entice her to stay in her own room from here on out. PRAY FOR US!