January 19th, 2011
When do you "promote" a child to a new room? When Olivia was a baby, we gave her a very small bedroom, with the idea that she could earn a bigger room with good deeds and behavior. We weren't exactly sure when that would be, but that was the idea.
I painted her room peach with white trim, and put butterflies all over the walls. It's really cute. We decided to put a big bed in the room because sometimes I lie down with her to nap or sleep. Unfortunately, I've come to realize the bed is too hard for my liking.
At the same time, she has taken a liking to playing in the guest room, which is larger and sunnier, with a softer bed. I decided to switch rooms and give her the larger room, thinking that if I like the room's ambience and bed better, maybe she feels the same. Maybe if that was her room, she would want to spend more time in there... in the middle of the night... instead of coming into our bed. And I could get better sleep. I love to sleep with her but she kicks and tosses, so I like to limit it to a few hours.
It took me a weekend to make the swap, and I had to get Claus to help me at the end. I'm embarassed to admit that I have accumulated more stuff than can fit in my closet. Claus and I should heed the plethora of New Years resolution/ spring cleaning articles about paring down one's closet, but- well, maybe another weekend's task.
When we presented her the new room, she was so excited, she jumped up and down on the bed for about ten minutes yelling, "I have a new room!" We all do end up spending more time in her new room. It's just more comfortable, for some reason.
She's still waking up in the middle of the night and coming into our bed, though. I have no idea how to stop that. Any suggestions?
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