Since the day my daughter was born she has slept in my room, on my bedside. Every night for 2 years and ninety four days she slept either with us or in her bed, next to mine.
When we brought her home from the hospital she started out in her bassinet, that lasted for about 6 months. I don't remember exactly when, or why but she ended up in our bed, and she just stayed there. Until last year, after we moved here to California, I set her crib up as a toddler bed and we slowly transitioned her into it. First I had her bed set as a side-car. This allowed her to move back and forth easily. After I got her accustomed to sleeping in her bed I moved it about a foot away from our bed. I put a neck pillow along the edge to prevent her from rolling out, something I'd seen done on pinterest with pool noodles. It wasn't perfect, and she still rolled out a handful of times, but it worked good enough. She got to the point of mostly sleeping in her bed sometime last fall. But I was still breastfeeding her so she moved into our bed every night at some point. It was still convenient to have her in our room.
Just after the first of this year I got a cold, and partly due to cold medicine and partly due to it just being time, Evey weaned. With her no longer breastfeeding she was sleeping almost the entire night in her bed, only climbing into our bed to wake me up in the morning. At this point the only thing keeping her in our room, was the fact that I liked having her there, I was comforted by the fact that I can check on her any second of the night.
She has this beautiful room.
(I lost the sheet to her bed, so I need to make a new one, or go to Ikea to buy another.)
The last thing I needed to do was to attach her dresser to her wall.
It weighs about a billion pounds and it's unlikely she would be able to tip it over, but the chance that she did, it would surely crush her if it fell on top of her.
Yesterday I put about 30 holes in the wall trying to find the studs, but I found them, and I got this sucker attached to the wall, it's not going anywhere.
So last night she slept in her big girl bed. For the first time in two years and ninety four days she didn't sleep next to me. I had a hard time with it at first. I checked her on the monitor about 400 times. But she slept all night, until 8 this morning. When I woke up to the sound of her whispering to her bunny "hop, hop, hop"
|"hop hop hop"|
When I remotely moved the camera she looked up at it so I was able to get these cute shots of her face. Then she went back to playing with her bunny. I laid and watched her for about 15 minutes before she called for me.
I am so proud of her for making it the whole night in her big girl bed. And I'm very proud of myself for not moving in there with her, no matter how badly I wanted to.
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