Sarah: Welcome back!! Can you posts pics of DD's big girl room? I bet it's super cute.
Grace: Ray moved into a toddler bed when he was around 15 months old. He had been in a crib before that. Then one night, during a snow storm, he made his first ever attempt to climb out and landed on his head. The next day I bought him a toddler bed. For the $100 I spent (it was a nice wooden on) it was totally worth the 3 years he spent in it. But I was able to use his crib mattress in it, not sure if you can do that w/ the co-sleeper.
Grace & Sarah - Thank you SO much for the fast responses! It sounds like I need to invest in a diaper sprayer... I wasn't so sure about the liners; I saw them at my favorite natural baby care store recently and was intrigued, but I think it would actually get annoying putting a liner in *every* diaper, I'm not good at predicting poopy diapers yet...!
Heather - "The funniest is when he now changes his clothes after we put him to bed." OMG this cracked me up! I can just see him in there doing a wardrobe change - HA! Too cute.
The theme of Eloise's new room is giraffes. That being said, the Winnie the Pooh border is still up in the room, since her room use to be the nursery, which was erm never used *grin*. I make look and see if I can find a giraffe border for it. We got cute curtains from IKEA for the room, and we are going to end up making her her quilt because there are no good giraffe quilts out there for queen sized beds. At the moment her quilt is just pink.
I will take pictures when we are done, but at the moment the room is still only halfway there. It should be cute when it is ready for her. We may spend some of next weekend working on it, since we are out of town this weekend and the last weekend in June and first weekend in July. So if we don't get to it next weekend, it will be mid to late July before it is ready, since we have a really busy summer this year.
Oh I forgot to mention in my last post, Eloise is talking a ton. She has a lot of words and is using more every day. She can say things like backpack and Kimchi (my sister's dog's name). She is quite the little talker. Sometimes you hear her say something and you look at her and go did you really say that little girl. She likes to copy what everyone is saying.
That is so awesome that she's coming out w/ new words everyday. our sitters DS is about the same age and he is the "tough silent type". I miss hearing little voices around the house.
Ray had his K performance yesterday (they don't have Kindy graduation here), it brought a tear to my eye. I can't believe how big he is getting. What is really tough is now a days I can embarrass him with too many hugs and kisses in front of his peers.
Mariana, we haven't actually transitioned her yet. What we will do when we do is basically the same thing we did with Desmond. DH will put her to bed in her room and sleep with her for awhile, when she starts going to sleep without anyone having to be there after she is out or when she tells us to go she'll start sleeping alone.
That being said, both Desmond and Eloise are always welcome to get either me or DH from our bed to sleep with them or for them to snuggle with us in our bed.
Desmond is still sleeping with DH right now, but that is more for my convenience then because Desmond needs him there, he sleeps fine in his own bed without anyone with him. DH snores, I can't fall asleep when he is snoring next to me, so I kick him out to Desmond's bed *grin*.
Hey Mari- I'm not Sarah, but I was going to comment because we coslept with James until he was 7-8 months old. You hear a lot about how once you let kids co-sleep you'll never get them out of your bed, but that was not our experience at all. I actually wouldn't mind if James still slept part of the night in our bed, but he won't/can't. (he always just tries to climb out of the bed or play with us, I don't think he sees it as a sleeping place anymore...)
Anyway, the way we transitioned was when James started crawling it got really hard to contain him in the bed so I started putting him in a pack-n-play in our room. (he was already sleeping there for naps) that transition was a total non-issue. After a few weeks of that we moved his pack-n-play into his room and he's slept there ever since. It seems like there were a few nights where he had a hard time going down and we would have to let him cry a little, but after maybe a week of that everything was great and he's been sttn in his own room ever since.
Grace (and Sarah, too, if this applies!) - a couple of questions if you don't mind!! :) 1) Was James already STTN when you transitioned him from your bed to the PNP in your bedroom? and 2) Was he nursing to sleep still at that point?
I ask because I've noticed Eliza getting a lot more "mobile" in bed - she can't crawl yet, but she's flailing/rolling around at night in her sleep (or when she's perhaps half asleep), and I don't think she really has the room to make these movements without waking herself up (I think she runs into DH or me and I think that wakes her up?)... so I'm starting to wonder if her sleep might be less disturbed if she had her own space sometime soon. It's not that concerning yet, and I still love co-sleeping so I'm not in a hurry, but I have noticed that in the last week since she's been moving more, she's woken up a lot more at night, and after 1 or 2 am, it's been nearly every 1-2 hours. I know she's not waking up that often because she's hungry, so I'm wondering if we're disturbing her sleep, which I wouldn't want to do (not to mention it also disturbs mine!! ;)
PS - I can't believe you're already nearly 11 weeks!! Yay for a super sticky bean!!
It's amazing how quickly I forget this stuff... I'm going to try and remember as accurately as possible.
James was not sttn when we moved him to the cosleeper. But he had started waking up more and more, and it was a lot like what you described. He wouldn't want to nurse, he would just flail around and wake himself up and then be unsettled. Or we would wake him up I think. It helped to have in the pack-n-play in our room (I want to say he went from waking 4+ time a night to like 2 times) But I could tell we would still bother him and wake him up sometimes and then he would see us and want us to come get him etc. When I moved him into his own room, he would still wake up in the beginning. But it was a lot less, just once, sometimes twice a night. At some point he just stopped waking up in the night (then at some point he reverted back to 2 or 3 times and we had to do a tiny bit of sleep training...)
Now, he does really well in there, often sleeping 11 or 12 hours without waking. If he does wake in the night (still does happen from time to time), I still bring him into the bed and nurse him or cuddle him or whatever. For the most part though his sleep is great, and I'm happy with the way things have gone with it.