Monday, June 22, 2015

Ellie's Big Girl Bed

Why do kids have to grow up and get bigger and stop being babies?!

According to my Timehop this morning, 3 years ago today I was 35 weeks pregnant with my girl and proudly showing off my giant belly and puffy face. And then this morning I somehow walked into her bedroom and got her out of her big girl bed.

Sob, sob, sob.

Ellie has never tried to climb out of her crib. Not sure why. But she has stayed there and happily slept there for almost 3 years. However, as my belly gets bigger I am having a harder time pulling her out of the crib, not to mention that little brother will be needing to take over the crib in a few months. We just felt like it was time to get her into a big girl bed.

Thankfully, we had the perfect choice for a bed. Grant's dad, PaPa, slept in a double bed growing up and somehow we were blessed enough to have it passed down to us. Grant spent last weekend sanding it down and this weekend painting it white, and now she has the most perfect little bed I ever did see.

It is a double, which is a bit bigger than your average bed for a 3 year old, but she is a big time roller so I felt like it would give her more room to roll around, plus provide more sleeping space when cousins and friends come to spend the night as the years go by!

Yesterday as Grant took her crib apart, she started getting really nervous. "Oh, NO! My crib! My bed! Oh no Daddy, I miss my crib!"

But as we started to bring the freshly painted white bed out of the garage and into the house, she slowly started realizing what was going on. We've been talking about it for a few weeks but I don't think it had ever clicked. All of a sudden she started saying "It's MINE?! It's for ME?!"

I had bought the bedding a few weeks ago and it was all washed and ready. The bedding, throw pillows, and sheets are from a combination of TJ Maxx, Kohl's and Target. I picked it out because it had lots of turquoise in it which worked well with her existing decor.

She was so anxious to go to sleep! She told me she just couldn't eat dinner and she just couldn't take a bath. But somehow she powered through and happily jumped into bed. We read a bedtime story and gave hugs and kisses and said prayers.

Here she is before we turned off the light!

I watched her on the monitor, and it did take her awhile to fall asleep. She wasn't jumping or playing or anything like that, just not falling asleep right away. We did have to go up there twice in the night to "fix" her as she was upside down with her legs on the wall or things like that. She sleeps like a crazy person. But we surrounded her with pillows and put cushions on the floor in case she fell, but she never did!

Around 5am, I heard her stirring, so I looked at the monitor to see what she was up to. She sat up, looked around, rubbed her eyes, and said "Big girl bed..... big girl bed...." and then laid back down and went to sleep.

And when she was ready to get up this morning, she just hollered for me like she always does. She never got out of the bed until I was up there getting her out. I hope it stays that way!

Now we just have to see if she cooperates at nap time.....

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