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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Sleeping Arrangements

I just need to take a moment to brag on my sweet big girl, Shay. A few weeks back, she started intermittently going to bed in her toddler bed, but Ben always moved her over to her crib in the middle of the night. One night we decided to see what would happen if we left her in the toddler bed all night, and she was so freaked out when she woke up and found herself loose in her room that she cried and cried and refused to go to sleep in the toddler bed for a few weeks afterwards.

But last week we decided to give it another go. We talked it up, then put her to bed in her toddler bed. And she slept though the night. And in the morning, she laid playing quietly in her bed, looking at her books and waiting patiently for me to come get her. What a good, big girl!!

That day, she went down for her nap in the toddler bed without a murmur of dissent. Again, she stayed in bed at the end of the nap, waiting for me to come get her.

That night, she was a little anxious about going to bed in the toddler bed. She wanted her crib again. But Ben decided we weren't turning back, so he took the side off her crib, turning it into a "day bed." Since then, we've let her pick which one she wants to sleep in, which she gets a huge kick out of. She's actually fallen out of the "day bed" a few times, but she doesn't seem any worse for the wear. One morning, when I had to wake her up in order to be somewhere, I actually found her asleep on her floor, complete with carpet imprints on her face. But she's sleeping soundly at night and at naptime, so no complaints.

However, she has now started getting out of bed when she wakes up. I'm never quite sure what I'm going to find on the other side of the door when I hear her murmuring and go in to get her dressed. Most days, she's sitting and looking at books, but some days, it's a little more entertaining. Thankfully, she cannot yet turn door handles, so at least she's contained.

Yesterday, she had opened most of her dresser drawers and dug around in them until she had picked out her own clothes for the day. She had laid out a Pull-Up, jean shorts, her Daddy's Little Sunshine shirt, and purple socks. She had even moved the changing pad from the top of her dresser to the floor and put the clothes on top of it, so she was totally ready to go when we came in.

Today took the cake though. As Ben and I entered the room, she looked up from her bed, where she was sprawled with her feet in the air, looking at a book. She had stripped off her own pajama pants and wet diaper and was completely naked on bottom. Well, aside from the pair of Hello Kitty rain boots. Hi-stinking-larious.

I think we're going to have our hands full with that one.

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