After almost 29 months of co-sleeping, we've made the decision to move a twin bed into what is now W's bedroom. While we truly loved sharing a bed with W....well, he's not getting any smaller. Or shorter. And when we quietly come to bed later in the evening, we almost always end up waking him. After 20 minutes of nursing, tossing, turning, and fussing...he's usually back to sleep. We're all kind of tired and looking for a change.
W helped moved his twin bed (previously in our bedroom, mostly used as a springboard to jump onto our Queen bed!) into his new room with much enthusiasm.
We set everything up with him and played in his room for the rest of the evening. The transition has been so smooth thus far. We're keeping our bedtime rhythm the same, and I know this has helped. Don't get me wrong, he's not "sleeping through the night" in his room without waking up and crying for us...but I feel like sleeping through the night is a misnomer, anyhow. I can't remember the last time I slept straight through the night!
Speaking of transitions, the conclusion of the holiday season is always difficult for me. It's hard to believe that Christmas was one week ago already! I feel pangs of sadness as I walk though the stores in our town and see Christmas merchandise...twinkling lights, ringing bells, candles...this Christmas was so beautiful and memorable; I can hardly believe it is over. I am missing the magic and anticipation which was so fresh last week.
Along with the new year comes a promise of renewed hope, strength, and energy. The cold winter air does a great job of waking me up from this slump. My answer is...more time outdoors:)
Happy 2012, friends!