Friday, January 16, 2009

success? the jury is still out!

Well wednesday night we moved Ava into her new room and bed. I was fairly hopeful it would go smoothly as she had already napped at my sister's in a big bed once and did pretty well.

We talked about it all day and Ava would get excited and answer "yes" every time I asked her if she was going to sleep in her big bed that night.

The time came and we all went upstairs.

Things were going according to plan until we turned off the lights to tuck her in. It was like it all of a sudden dawned on her what was really happening and she suddenly wasn't sure this was such a great idea after all.

After lots of snuggles and kisses and goodnight prayers, we left a little girl who still wasn't too sure about the idea.

Two hours later, we thought we had finally achieved a peaceful night when this was what we found in her bed and went to bed with a sigh of relief that it was over.

Well, to make a long story short . . .it was an AWFUL night.

Correction, it was a HORRID night.

I think we were up about every hour through a little after 4 . .. and she still managed to wake up early too.

Let's just say at 3 in the morning it was all this pregnant, worn-out, and very tired momy could do to not to march my daughter back to her crib and yell out "SURRENDER."

So thursday morning Ava and mommy packed up and went to Aunt Alisa's where Mom crashed into bed and Ava got worn out by 5 enthusiastic cousins.

While I was a little nervous heading back home for Ava's nap to try for round 2, I needn't have worried.

After her night and morning, Ava was so tired by the time we got home I think she would have slept upside down. So mommy at least got a more normal and peaceful nap.

Round two came last night with both mommy and daddy a little nervous.

Ava was still pretty clingy as we took her to bed but success came when after just a few minutes of weak protest (like she was just letting us know that she still didn't think this was the greatest idea and wanted to make sure she had told us), silence came after about only 5 minutes.

When I tiptoed in to check on her about 45 minutes later, it was all I could do not to laugh out loud when this is what I saw.

It was kind of like even in her sleep, she was silently protesting the plight we had brought upon her.

"If I just don't look, it won't be real."

Well I'm happy to report that Ava slept through the night last night without waking up once. While she was up early, we didn't have anywhere near to a repeat of the first night.

I'm not calling out victory yet.

But I will say I'm cautiously optimistic we'll make it through.

Here's one last picture of Ava in her big bed with hopes for more restful nights!


Anonymous said...

Yeah big girl Ava!!!!! - but bigger cheers for you & Ryan for sticking with the best plan for you all! Even with right decisions, it doesn't mean life will go well, it takes effort, consistency, love, patience and time - and lots of prayers were with you all! You are great parents! love, mom
ps God bless aunt Alisa and the cousins for great backup! :)

Minders said...

I'm so sorry for you bad night but thankful last night went so good!

If it makes you feel any better we were up last night all night with BOTH kids. I can't even count the number of times we both were up but I do know that Levi woke up almost every half hour since 2:30 am today.

I think I'll go start a POT of coffee... :)

You guys are doing the right thing I'm glad you stuck it out even though I KNOW how un-fun this is. Hopefully she'll adjust nicely since she's so little. Keep us posted on her progress!

emilykate said...

Wow, sounds exhausting! Cute room though!

Kathryn said...

we had the small issue with James, but we stuck to our guns every night and it worked.

Krista said...

LOL I just ADORE the photo of her with the bear over her head!

Hope you're doing well, growing great, and keeping those babies where they belong for a few more weeks! Can you believe how fast the time is flying by!

Amy Cherise said...

ah - how sweet you and alisa live so close you can help each other on those ' i'm falling asleep crazy days, help watch my child!!"

LOL at the pix of ava covering up her face!

you are doing a great job amb!