Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Since it went so well the first time...

If you ask me, the quick success we had with moving FunnyKid to a big bed is just another indication of what awesome parents the Pretend Husband and I are. Well, either that or we were just lucky enough to end up with one heck of a kiddo (probably the second reason, huh?)

Well, riding that high that is our confidence in our parenting abilities, the PH and I decided to give it another whirl. All this to say that I am pregnant again! I am due on Christmas Day, expect to give birth earlier for a multitude of mostly medical reasons and we are not finding out the gender until it can be done in person.

This pregnancy has been easy in a lot of ways (no morning sickness, no swollen extremities yet, etc.) but tougher in others (mainly the fact that I have to chase after a toddler all day regardless of how sore or tired I am). But, of course, we are oh-so-grateful that I'm pregnant at all and looking forward to meeting the new kid (fingers crossed he or she is as funny as their brother!)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

That "Super Nanny" technique where you put the kid back into bed again and again again? It's exhausting.

Last week, for various reasons, we decided it was time to move FunnyKid out of crib and into his new, twin bed. Not only that, but he was moving out of the nursery into a bigger bedroom (where, although he was only slightly impressed, he found a train table waiting to be played with).

After a few nights of me sitting in his room for two hours putting him back into bed again and again and again and again (and again) until he wore himself out and fell asleep, I was ready to throw in the towel. I called up a bunch of my mom friends and cried, "What are we doing wrong?" And the answers were plentiful... and not at all hopeful.

Basically, they all described the transition from crib to bed as one of the worst times of their lives and all said it would take weeks of tears (mine) and sleeplessness (mine and FunnyKid's) to get it to stick. So, we pulled ourselves up by our boot straps... and decided to take a break.

We moved the crib into the new room to give FunnyKid a chance to acclimate to the new room and decided we would try the bed again next week. The best nephews in the world (and an awesome niece) are in town this week, FunnyKid turns two later this week and we just thought it was a little too much excitement to throw a bed transition into the mix.

So, FunnyKid went to bed in his crib the first night... and the second night. And the third night, he climbed into bed, yelled for about two minutes and then went right to sleep! Worried it was a fluke, I didn't have much hope for nap time yesterday, but he did it. He actually played quietly for an hour in his room then climbed into bed, pulled a blanket up over him and conked out. And last night took a minute of yelling at the gate across his doorway before he got back into bed and promptly fell asleep.

What?!? The Pretend Husband and I keep looking at each other saying, "How did we get so lucky?" We're guessing he was just ready after having some time to acclimate to his new surroundings and the idea he can get out of bed if he wants to. It's tough to declare anything truly, finally "done" with a toddler, but I'm going to venture onto a limb here and say we (and he) did it.

I'm not just writing this all out to brag (although, if I may, my kid is pretty stinking awesome!) but to give other parents hope. While every one of your friends and family members will tell you how terrible the transition is-- and it usually is-- there are always the exceptions. And you might join us in being lucky enough to be one of them (fingers crossed).