I've had many people ask how the toddler bed transition is going and I want to be able to say, it's going great - there have been no problems...but the honest answer is quite the opposite. It's been hard. And honestly it's been hard on all three of us. Not just the toddler bed transition but this new age 2 phase that she has started. I call it a phase because that's what everybody's been telling me: "it's just a phase." Like I said in my earlier blog about moving to the toddler bed, Mallory had started acting differently at bedtime before she jumped out of the crib so the toddler bed, so I think the bed transition was just another part of this new phase.
The first night, she cried a little but fell asleep and slept good until about 2am. She woke and cried a little and Brian went and laid down beside her and she went back to sleep until it was time to get up in the morning. The next night, she didn't go to sleep as well and kept waking up every hour on the hour wanting to see if one of us was laying beside her so that made for a long night. Friday night, she fell asleep on our way home from my parent's house so thankfully that was an easy transition to the bed and she let us sleep until 8am! Woo Hoo! Saturday night didn't go as well and then there was Sunday. Oh Sunday.
Before I got into Sunday, I will say, she is doing pretty well at naps. Saturday, I made a pallet for her because I know at daycare, my Dad's and Grammy's house, she naps on a pallet so I wanted to keep that to same. Saturday, she took a good 2 hour nap on her pallet in her room. Proof here:
And then Sunday came and I thought for sure she would nap well because she is always exhausted after church but she would not lay down. I even tried laying beside her, rocking her, anything I could think of to get her to sleep and she was having none of it. On top of it all, she was throwing a fit over every. little. thing. I would just tell her to come here and she would drop to her knees in tears. Dramatic much?? She was frustrated. I was frustrated. It was a hard, hard day. I'm not going to lie that her tears weren't the only ones that were shed. I know you can just say it's because she's two but that doesn't make it any easier. Sunday night, I went to put her down earlier since she didn't nap and after her screaming because she didn't want to go to sleep, she laid her head down on my shoulder and went to sleep. She just needed to be still to fall asleep and she finally did.
So we are still going at it. And by it, I basically mean age 2. I honestly feel like the bed transition is just a part of this phase. I wish I could said it was all roses but I am writing this to document this time. Easy or hard, it's life with a toddler and I love our little girl more than anything. Some days are easier than others but I'm learning as Mother something new everyday. I'm also thankful for the support of my momma friends. I know I'm not alone and I know Mallory is not the first toddler to act this way :)
I know this post is me kind of rambling, but hey, that's what you get when have lack of sleep! And that's the truth.