May 22, 2008

Time is Flying!

This is a guerilla shot I just took of Maggie sleeping in her now toddler bed. I know you can only see the back of her head, but isn't it the most peaceful back of the head you've ever seen?

Yesterday I got a seriously uncontrollable wild hair and made Maggie's crib into a toddler bed (it's one of those convertible cribs). I just felt like she would do well with it, even though EVERYONE says to keep your munchkin in their crib until they just about outgrow it... I did it right before her nap, and she was SO excited about a "big girl bed". I told her VERY sternly that she was not to get up and out of her bed during nap time unless she needed to use the potty. Which is also another big step - I put her down for her nap without a diaper. She's been dry nearly every day for the last month, so I thought we'd give it a go. The nap was a total success! She took a regular-length nap yesterday and didn't wet at all.

Last night I think she either had a bad dream (I'll blame that on the Lion King) or almost fell out of bed around 1 a.m., but she wanted to get up and use the potty instead of her diaper. She did wake up around 6:30 (urg!) but I think it's because it's been so light in the mornings despite the black-out shade we've got in her room. Nap time today also went well, stayed in bed and didn't wet. She is constantly chattering about her big girl bed, and how she isn't supposed to get up. And it's working! I just love it. As for right now I'm leaving the front portion of her crib in her room against the wall to remind her of my very serious warning that if she gets out of bed when she isn't supposed to I'll make her bed back into a crib (I have repeated this warning to her almost every time she tells me about her big girl bed). Can I say HOW MUCH I enjoy being able to sit on the floor and cuddle with her at bed time? It is so fun to read her books and sing and pray right before bedtime this way, and to give her kisses at night before I go to bed without having to just about get into her crib or pick her up and wake her?

On a side note, I hope she doesn't have bad dreams on a regular basis- that 1 a.m. wake-up jarred me all the way awake and I didn't fall back asleep until 5 or 5:30, I am not joking. At 2 I finally got up and went into the living room and watched a movie to see if it would zonk me out. No luck. Needless to say, I was a zombie until lunch time.


Janet Yates said...

I love reading your blog! I'm so excited to see you next weekend.

starbucksgirl said...

I loved reading this entry Melissa. I put Savannah in a big girl bed about a month ago; who says you should leave them in their crib until they outgrow it. Phooey! I'll have to tell Savannah to talk to Maggie about the big girl bed on Sunday; I'm excited that they are in the same Sunday School class.