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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Was it really that easy?

With the impending due date of #2 just around the corner, we decided to turn Leighton’s little sleep life upside down (so we thought) before the official BIG day.  We have had her “big girl” room set up since we moved in to our new house and Jon has been using her new big girl bed as a place to put her PJs on after bath time every night… we don’t really know what we are doing but I figured that would help some.  Her “new” big girl bed was actually my father’s grandmother’s, Granny Dietzel’s, bed that my parents salvaged from her garage after she died when I was 6.  It lived in our garage for years until I asked for a new bed around high school.  My mom power washed it and it was painted with some pretty cool metal paint and voilĂ … I had myself a new-to-me antique iron bed!  This bed has gone to college with me, lived in our first house in San Antonio, was our guest bed in both of our Houston houses and then made the long journey to Dubai with us.  Many of our friends know this bed very well… unlike other more caring people who are nice enough to put a queen bed in their guest bedroom, we opt to use this bed, a full bed for guests… so if you ever came to stay at the Cumberworth’s, be prepared to snuggle up close to your honey!  Well, seeing as this bed is awesome and that we might be nicer to our house guests and give them a queen bed to sleep in, we turned this antique bed into Leighton’s new(ish) nighttime haven!
A few weekends back we implemented, “Operation Big Girl Bed” thinking we were in for a few sleepless nights… well folks, it was easy.  Leighton has always loved to have books and toys in her crib since she likes to talk and play herself to sleep, so on the big night we tucked a few pillows under the covers to block her in, put two huge teddy bears on either side of her and put her down with two dolls and Turbo (the ikea dog that never leaves her side).  Jon laid her down, gave her a big beso and told her, “ night night.”   I think she was out cold before the door closed!  We were expecting the worst, but we were only woken up one time that night when she wandered out of bed in search of agua and couldn’t figure out how to get back in bed.  We didn’t learn our lesson from that first night and the same thing happened the second night, so we put a stool by her bed and an agua cup on her night stand and wouldn’t you know it… she slept through the night on the 3rd try. 
This was the morning after the very first night… Leighton was very proud of herself.  Can you tell?

Daddy was proud of her too!
Heck, even nap times have been a freaking dream with her playing herself to sleep and sleeping for longer periods then when she was in her crib. 
This is how I usually find her though… with a million toys around her.
Walter asked to nap with her… yeah, that didn’t work out so well…

So, Walter was kicked out and the sleeping beauty sacked out!
I know I know, I totally just jinxed myself… she is too short to open the  door yet, she is in the honeymoon phase, blah blah blah… but let me have my moment people and think that I am a first time parent that has it all figured out here!  Only time will tell if this transition was really as easy as it appears, but I am crossing my fingers and making a wish every night that it keeps up!   I guess the next step is potty training but God help me, I will wait as long as I can to tackle that shit storm!

UPDATE: this last week we had our first “pud thud” as the Cumberworth’s call it.  Jon aka the “pud” used to fall out of his bed constantly as a child, hence the “pud thud”.  Well, it happened… but on tile!  Lucky her fall was broken by  her head hitting an American girl bitty baby changing table… ouch!  I think it might be time to buy a floor rug.
Until Later…

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