Sunday, January 13, 2008

The Big Girl Bed...

Since Baby #2 is coming WAAAAAAAAAAAAY sooner than Seth and I had planned...we are having to move our Baby #1 into her big girl bed a lot sooner than I had wanted to. I do think Jillian is sort of ready since she can climb out of her crib and all, but still...the thought of my little baby in a big bed makes me a little teary. But, the time has come and so last weekend Seth and I moved the MATTRESSES ONLY into her room. I have the furniture that I used as a little girl...which I have refinished with a black distressed look. I really love this set and want Jillian to use it too. The only problem is that the bed is a queen and that just seems so big for this tiny baby to sleep in! So, I am having to make it a long process in getting her in there. Our plan is to just start out with naps and then when that seems to be going fairly well, then we will try nighttime. And then when that is going well, we will actually put the mattresses onto the bed! I have three months before Baby Girl #2 and I am hoping in that time to get her there!
So, last Monday I tried Jilly in there for naptime for the first time. I was completely prepared for a lot of screaming and kicking at the door. So, I laid her in her bed with her paci's, lovies, etc...and walked out. I watched her on my video monitor and she did GREAT! She looked out the window some and played around in the bed...but she never once got out of the bed! Then...SHE FELL ASLEEP...AND SLEPT FOR THREE HOURS! I RARELY get her to sleep that long for a nap in her crib! I couldn't believe it! I just watched her on the monitor pretty much the whole time and her little body just curled up in this big bed! Anyways, I am very proud of my girl and hopefully she will do it again...we start again tomorrow. The plan was interrupted with the throwing up that started that very night(see previous post)...and I didn't want her barfing all over her new sheets! So, we start again tomorrow in the big girl bed! I am sure it won't just be this easy...but that sure was a good way to start out!
Here she is before naptime showing me her big girl bed
Here she is after naptime...YEAH I slept for three whole hours!
Time to get up and get moving!
So proud of herself! Probably because I am making a HUGE deal of her accomplishment!
Time to get up and jump on the bed!
So excited!
Still so excited!
Time for the exit...

5 comments:

Elizabeth Byerly said...

Good luck with the transition! I think praise is the best thing for this kind of change. We still praise Emery for sleeping in her "ju-ju" bed as she calls it!

Aunt Carol said...

She is so darn cute in that big ol' bed!

Mittig family said...

What a cutie! We had to do the same thing with Will since he and Maggie are so close in age. I think we started about this same time in my pregnancy and with the same "naps first" plan. After the second day of naps, I was going to put him in his crib one night and he said he wanted his big bed. He never looked back! I had heard horror stories but you just never know. I think God knows when you're on a time crunch and gives the kids a little help. Good luck!

Dallas said...

Good luck with that. Nora does such a good job in her big girl bed..although it is just a toddler bed. We also had to make the transistion way sooner than we expected to, but it was pretty smooth. They grow up too fast!

TDavis said...

Wow! I hope we have the same luck when we transition Clayton. He's still in his crib and hasn't figured out how to climb out yet...but I know it won't be long.