I have been fighting a losing battle - caving in to her middle-of-the-night demands due to extreme exhaustion. But that has all changed in the past couple of days. It may be easier NOW to allow her to sleep in our bed, but with my husband pushed into the guest room (soon to be her room) and a new baby on the way, our king size is starting to sound mighty crowded. Nevermind the fact that she kicks, punches, snores, and takes up the majority of the bed. Don't believe me? Think I'm exaggerating? Check the picture below. That's totally Omi in the top four pictures, and my personal favorite of hers is "Jazz Hands." Andrew may have other favorites! HAH! (Like the bottom right, perhaps?) Yeah. So, we are making a change before we unleash the beast which may have already happened!!
sleep regression. And this is sleep regression at it's finest.
The light bulb flashed during her favorite part of bedtime: reading with her Deddy. She enjoys that time so much, so we've extended it. We start the routine earlier now (6:45-7:00), giving her an hour to unwind, and this extra time has allowed transition periods to run a lot smoother. We brush teeth and potty, talk about what a big girl she is, and give her a sticker. Back to the rocker to read books. She gets to pick them out, and we read in silly voices. It's easily the best part of the day.
We also both have to credit the constellation sea turtle, since he has made this a whole lot easier as of two nights ago! We were going to save it for her birthday, but with her scared and fighting sleep in her own room for the past two weeks (and with not only moving to a big girl bed but also a new room soon), we caved in early. She LOVES it, and we do too!! Props to Cori and Isabella in NC for introducing us to such a cool night light. Isabella has the ladybug. We figured the sea turtle was fitting for Savannah!