Ever since she was really little, Bryn has enjoyed playing on Mama and Daddy's big bed, which was especially a good thing in our old house, where the giant bed took up the entire tiny master bedroom. Anyway, now that she's getting bigger, one of her favorite activities is "family cuddle time," where she gets to sit on the big bed with us and read books or climb all over Daddy. She has even started attempting to get up onto the bed by herself, which is pretty much impossible, since the bed is taller than her. About two weeks ago, I taught her to "lay her head on the pillow like a big girl," and since then, she has delighted in laying her head down on the pillow and then patting the spot next to her to ask me to lay down too. Last week, Ben taught her about getting under the covers, which she thinks is fabulous, both for playing hide-and-seek and for feeling like a big girl. Now she pulls the blanket off the couch every time we play in the living room and insists that I cover up her legs with it like I would if she were in bed. Pretty funny! All of these things indicated to us that it might be time to start the process of moving her to a "big girl bed."
Our wonderful neighbor Jennie gave us her daughter Kylee's old toddler bed, and Ben and I put it together this weekend while Kristin played with Bryn. She got so excited when she realized what we were doing that she climbed into it as soon as we put the mattress on the frame, and we had to pull her off again in order to get the sheets on it. She climbed right back on as soon as we got on the bottom sheet, and we ended up having to put on the top sheet and the comforter while she was in it! Then last night I did some intense furniture moving--I rearranged all the furniture in the nursery (including moving some of it out to make more space) and then moved the toddler bed in there. So Bryn is still sleeping in her crib, but the toddler bed is in there so she can get used to the idea of it, and we'll change her over to sleeping in that in a week or so. Bryn absolutely LOVES the "big bed." She wanted to get in it and play as soon as I took her out of her crib this morning, and every time we went upstairs today, she went straight into her room and climbed up on the bed, where she sat quite happily "reading" books. She's becoming quite the big girl!