Not only was our weekend in Chattanooga a blast, we managed to do some good parenting, too. Here’s what we accomplished:
- Elly is a big girl now and will drink from big girl cups (Bye Bye Sippies!)
- Elly is a big girl now and will sleep in a big girl bed. (Bye Bye Crib)
- Elly is a big girl now and will pee on the pot… oh, who am I kidding…
Eleanor has been sleeping in a big bed when we go to visit the grandparents. It’s worked just fine. In Chattanooga, we didn’t take the playpen where she usually sleeps, so she slept in a big bed all night – both nights. When we got home, I said there is no way I’m going to put her in the crib again, so she went happily to the guest room and slept all night. (I nixed the idea of a toddler bed. It seemed like a huge waste of money. And, think of it this way: most toddler beds have these rails that keep the kid from rolling out of the dinky bed that’s really no bigger than the crib they have just left because they’ve outgrown it. Uh, if people are worried about their child rolling off the dinky bed, just get them into a BIG bed, one which will allow for the occasional turnover without depositing the kid on the floor. Duh?)
Since there was the empty crib, just all sitting there in the nursery and stuff… Saralyn! Do I have a new spot for you or what!?!?! It’s like the Johnny Carson show: everyone got to move down one chair!
For the last two nights, I have been kid free in my bed. Zero is the number of times I have been awoken my whimpering babies wanting “just a wee nip…? I’m ever so parched, Mommy…. Ever so….” No one has kicked me or flopped into me. Not a soul had annoyed me to the point of insanity. None. Me. Sleeping. Wowza!
Color me so well rested. I’ve not had two nights of uninterrupted sleep in a year. A YEAR! I just don’t know what to do with myself. The only down side is that my boobs have not adjusted to this schedule change. I was afraid one or more were near to burst this morning! YIKES! Imagine having to pee really bad, and knowing that you can’t go by yourself. That’s what engorgement is all about. But I digress…
Eleanor is adjusting very well. This whole new bed and cup thing was a lot to throw at her, but she’s taking it all in stride. Or she’s taking it stridently… whichever. It varies. Saralyn is so super sweet it’s amazing. Moving to the crib hasn’t been a problem at all. This baby almost never cries. I worry that something is wrong with her. She’s just so… easy.
Let’s see if we can keep this all going for another night.