Owen slept through the night, got into bed with me, and slept for another thirty minutes in my arms before we had to rush to get ready for school. He seemed exhausted. I know the feeling. The last month has been hard on him. Between being sick for a week and then the holiday week it has thrown our schedule completely off. Add in the fact that I transitioned him to a new bed and we’ve got ourselves a party waiting to happen, all night long. Everything is a rule with Owen until it’s not. His old bed was higher off the ground and had sides all the way around it except where the ladders went. I thought it was a good idea so he wouldn’t fall out of it easily since he rolls so much, but I couldn’t lay in the bed with him to get him to sleep and standing next to the bed for two hours wasn’t happening either, that’s the approximate time it takes him to go to sleep every night, plus he didn’t want me leaning on the bed at all. It also never occurred to me how much of a daredevil my child is until I got a bed for him that is off the ground. This should have been at the forefront of my mind since he is always jumping, but it still didn’t even dawn on me how fun it would be to jump off his bed. So now I finally got a bed for him that is lower to the ground and has rails almost all the way around. It’s a daybed and there is only a small section that doesn’t have a rail. Now I can sit on the bed and wait while he falls asleep. For over a year or more I’ve been carrying him from his beanbag pillow to his bed. He didn’t want the lights off when he fell asleep either. We are slowly transitioning through that as well. It truly hasn’t shortened the nighttime process at all, but the routine will continue to evolve. The learning curve for me never feels like I’m ahead of it at all. I remind myself to be kind to my heart, but at the moment it still feels like I should know how to handle all of this. I don’t. I tell Owen I love him and that we are a team. Life can be complicated and messy but be kind to your soul. Remember we are in this together and keep hoping for the best. Smiles to all and donut daze!
I'm Lynn Browder. Owen's Mommy. The best moments in time are when I get to see the smile on his face and that giggle come from his heart.