Thursday, September 2, 2010
This was taken on on Sunday, Aug. 22. It was Lola's last moment in her crib.
With all the changes in her room, we decided to just jump in and convert the crib into a "big girl bed."
Ray and I had been butting heads over the toddler bed conversion for a few months: I thought she was ready; he did not want to deal with her pounding one the door at 2 a.m.
But he finally just said, "Let's do it."
And we did.
We made one mistake: Lola needs to be told in advance what to expect, what will change. So we told Lola that she would be moving into a "big girl bed" like Mommy's and Daddy's and she freaked out. Probably because we have a king that is high up and intimidating t such a little girl.
But when Ray actually got started, Lola saw that he was, really, just removing the bars from her crib.
And she started to get interested.
She was happy.
Once all said and done, she immediately fell in love with her toddler bed. She loved it and kept talking about her "big girl bed" and where she would sleep with an actual pillow!
While her excitement was fun, Ray and I still were not so sure how that first night would go.
But, as luck would have it, she went to bed that night and never made a peep.
Or the night after.
Or the night after that.
After about a week, though, she did begin realizing she could get out of bed. I was watching her this past weekend while Ray was in the Cities and I heard a strange "tap-tapping" sound about 45 minutes after I supposedly put her down for a nap.
I walked into her room and found her coloring on the chalkboard. She grinned at me, held out a piece of chalk and asked, "Mommy color too?"
The chalk has since been put out of reach and she is learning that if she is going to resist bedtime, that she better do so quietly.
Of course, she is also getting smarter: Two nights ago I heard another noise and found her in bed surrounded by her baby dolls and stuffed animals.
When I frowned, she just smiled, "Lola in bed, Mommy."
Well, yeah, but not correctly!
But, really, she is doing great.
Just as long as she doesn't realize she can actually open the bedroom door...
- Bethany :)