big girl bed update

i’m eating a bowl of peanut butter cup ice cream as a victory celebration for getting lily down for nap. ok, thats really just my excuse to eat a treat, but there’s a sort of victory nonetheless.

last night went well, considering we did no prep on lily at all. at bedtime i told sean, “lets take down the crib”, and we went from there. so the whole “big girl bed” thing didn’t really woo lily like one would hope, without any previous talk about it. she does love to pretend to sleep in gracie’s bed, so i think that helped a bit.

we went about our semi-normal routine: jammies, books, music and noise machine, lights out, a little rocking in the chair or arms, and a back rub. yes, we have a lot in our routine. so usually, with the crib, we (usually sean) lay lily down while she’s still awake and rub her back for a couple minutes and keep saying “lay down, lay down”. after leaving the room, if she starts crying, we’ll usually wait a couple minutes then go in and tell her to lay down again. sooooo, last night we went through the normal routine then told lily to lay down. “uh-uh”. “lay down lily”. “uh-uh”. eventually sean lay down next to her on the floor and rubbed her back and she fell asleep! yay!! she woke up crying at about 4 am. when i went in she was standing in the middle of the floor. i said, “lets lay down in your big girl bed”, and she did! i was shocked! she fell asleep until about 6, her normal time, and just called, “mama, dada” when she normally wakes up crying. so that was great, i was pretty happy with the small steps we made last night.

naptime today: i was prepped for a battle. i’ve long put off having lily put herself to sleep at naptime for 2 reasons. 1, because i’m lazy, and teaching your kids to sleep on their own is a lot of work. and 2, because once i found out i was prego again lily seemed so much more like a baby to me. i want to treasure this time i have with her as a baby, and not let that be taken from either of us. so up until yesterday, i rocked her to sleep every naptime. i actually really enjoy that time. its restful for me, and great cuddle time with her. so today i tried the normal routine, but switched the last book to be read in bed. she was fine with that until the book was done and she tried to get up for another. i told her she’d get a spanking if she got out of bed, so she sat down, but refuse to lie down. so i said she had to lay her head on the pillow. she did and asked for a backrub (by rubbing her tummy). after rubbing her back for maybe 3 minutes she was out! woohoo! this was way faster than even rocking her to sleep has been!

i hope for consistency through the weekend. sean will be home saturday, sunday and monday (yipee!), so i’ll have reinforcements if the native gets restless, so to speak!

i’ve loved getting all the feedback from you guys about sleeping routines. the more the better – its always helpful to hear what has worked for other people.

p.s. she already woke up, before i even finished posting this! i was a bit distracted through this post, so she probably slept about an hour. good enough!


new & exciting!

after we dropped gracie off at preschool, lily and i made a trip to home depot to pick up some flowers for the backyard (see below). when we got home lily played most of the time contentedly in the new water table (great buy from target. its supposed to be a sand & water table, but after taking some good advice, it is only a water table.).

so pretty much a random selection of flowers, mostly whatever looked pretty. i did make sure to get a couple more hydrangeas (my absolute favorite flower) to add to my front porch pots where the ranunculus’ (ranunculi?) just died.

this was my little plot of land i started out with. its in the backyard against the back wall. eventually we plan to plant fruit trees here, but reality is that won’t be happening anytime soon. unfortunately, as soon as i began digging i remembered how terrible the soil is in the backyard – mostly hard clay. aaargh! after attempting to amend the clay with some other soil, i gave up since the clay wasn’t budging much. so my next option was to dig each hole for each individual flower twice as big as normal to add some good soil around each new flower. hopefully this’ll work, otherwise i just wasted a lot of time and money!

two blisters and about 3 hours later, this is where i quit for the day. it was about 80 degrees out, and i have a hard time completing projects, so i decided to hold off for a day or 2 to finish the last batch of flowers. i also added some ground cover (star creeper) to a patch of hydrangeas i have growing, and also potted the new hydrangeas on the porch – so pretty!

also at target i got the girls each a squirt bottle. i filled it with water and let them play for a bit with them.

lily couldn’t figure out how to spray any direction other than directly into her own face. she was a good sport about it as it just made her laugh.

after lily’s nap we went to avila valley barn with some friends to feed the animals and buy some fresh produce. the berries are all super yummy there right now, and they encourage sampling!

check out the peacock! it was so beautiful, and the girls were all really excited to see the feathers like this. there were also 2 eggs in a nest with the peacocks, so maybe some babies are coming soon?

at the end of the day, we decided it was time for lily to sleep in a “big girl bed” (really just her crib mattress on the floor). we’ve been debating whether now was the time to do this, or after the baby comes. obviously, we decided now. the thought of training her to stay in her own bed and go to sleep well after the baby was born was terrifying to me. she did ok tonight. not terrible, but not great. sean lay down next to her and rubbed her back until she fell asleep. this picture is of her pretending to sleep, which she does all the time. we’ll see how the rest of the night goes, and how she wakes up in the morning. will she be calling for us like usual, or will i wake up at 6 staring at her big blue eyes right next to mine if she just walks right into our room? any suggestions on how to keep such a little one in bed? how do you guys get your kiddos to sleep? what;s your typical routine?