It’s been a week of firsts for us this week, the most recent one is that we’ve taken the sides off Monkey’s cot just yesterday so it’s her second night sleeping in her big girl bed at 18 months old. I’ve just nipped upstairs to check on her again and she’s sparko, with her legs akimbo and arms behind her head. Statistics so far for night number one:
minutes spent getting her to sleep: 90, times fallen out of bed: 0
and for night two:
minutes spent getting her to sleep: 75, times fallen out of bed: 0
She does seem very little to be out of the cot already, Princess was almost two before we did it, but we’ll see how she goes. She was starting to try to climb up the bars and she loves to creep in with Princess for cuddles so I think we are hoping that we may get a bit longer in bed in the mornings if they entertain each other, we can but hope!
Princess had several firsts last week, it was Children in Need on Friday and her school encouraged the pupils to dress up as their favourite superheroes and donate some money. There was absolutely no debate in Princess’ mind as to who she would be – Elsa from Frozen of course. I did dispute that Elsa isn’t really a superhero, although admittedly she does have superpowers she doesn’t do anything heroic, but there is no arguing with a determined 4 year old (and it saved me having to make a costume :-P).
On the same day Princess also had her first ever school disco, which was also a magic show, I was so excited for her and I wasn’t even allowed to stay! I think it was a little glimpse of the future, dropping her off at a disco full of excitement and giddiness, luckily she’s a long way off being interested in boys. She had a great time with her best friend Francesca, they got a balloon modelled into a dog shape, had a dance to Gangnam Style and the magician had a purse that was on fire!
Anyway, back to the littlest one and her bedtime shenanigans. When I was pregnant people told me that second babies are much better at sleeping as they are used to the noise and disturbance of the older sibling, well clearly Monkey didn’t get that message, even as a tiny newborn she was an incredibly light sleeper. We were in the middle of packing up to move house so the living room was full of boxes, but in the middle of the room we had a swing and a bouncy chair and I would eventually manage to get Monkey to sleep, swaddled, cuddled, with a dummy in, carefully placed down, only for her to wake after 15 minutes. Unfortunately our new house has bare floorboards upstairs that are ridiculously creaky, and I’m still practicing my ninja moves in exiting the bedroom without setting any of them off. We have classical music playing in the girls’ room to drown out any background noise and I’m too scared to try getting her to sleep without it. Still now Monkey will have more disturbed nights than sleeping solidly.
Princess on the other hand slept through the night at 12 weeks old (hooray 🙂 ) although it didn’t last (boo 😦 ) and I have vivid snapshots in my mind of me obsessively rocking her in the Moses basket as a tiny baby, cuddling and swinging her in my arms before gently trying to sneak her down into the cot, doing the gradual retreat thing inching slowly towards the door, and one particularly bad night where I brought the pram upstairs into our bedroom to try and get her to sleep in that. Oh and there was the two week period where me and Bigmac were having to sleep on the floor in her room on alternate nights as she was not sleeping at all!
Anyway, roll on the teenage years when we expend a lot of time and energy trying to get them out of bed instead. Actually I don’t really mean that, I know that all the nighttime cuddles and sleepy heads on my pillow at 5am will be one of the things that I miss when they don’t happen any more. In fact I might have to go and have another look at their sleeping cutie-pie faces right now…