Saturday, April 19, 2014

LadyBear's Big Girl Bed

 Good morning, LadyBear!

Our little LadyBear is growing up!  A while back, we were thinking about when we wanted to transition her from the crib to a non-enclosed bed and we decided that we really should do it before she hits her "no" phase and her independent streak goes off the charts.  Let me preface this by saying we do not have a need to pull her out of the crib (in other words, there are no new babies coming that we know of that need it), but we wanted to go through this process with the least amount of discipline needed to make it successful (and the least amount of sleep lost in the process).  I (Bethany) had decided I wasn't going to do a car bed like we did with LittleBear because, while it was cute and he LOVED it, it was an absolute pain in the rear to change the sheets because of the way the roof curved and when we started potty training we needed to do that quite a bit.

Well, as the Lord would have it, a fire truck toddler bed came available for a really good price (definitely a price we can get back whenever we sell it).  It has sides that come up a little bit, so it seemed a little more enclosed than a basic toddler bed and the mattress pops in and out very easily.  LadyBear recently started yelling "Fire Truck!" everytime she saw one (no doubt because of her brother), so it seemed like something she would like.  The time change causing us to lose an hour (thanks Daylight Savings) was coming up, so we thought we would make it work for us this time around instead of fighting against it.  Since we were all losing an hour, this meant that she would still be asleep when it was time to wake up, therefore setting the precedent of her waking up when we came in, not her already being awake and tempted to go play.  It sounded good in theory, but would it work with our spirited little lady?

We explained to LadyBear that the one rule she needed to follow to keep this bed was that she couldn't get out of bed until either her light came on or we told her she could.  To her credit, she has followed that rule remarkably well and this was a super easy transition for us!  Hooooraaaaay!!!!!

The only bummer is that LittleBear was mildly disappointed he doesn't have one, but he rallied his spirits well and has been enjoying playing in hers :)

Why can't meow have one too?

Here she is seeing her bed for the first time:

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