At this very moment, I have three kids sleeping in my house. Two of them are in the same room for the first time in 8 months (with new found freedom since one of them used to sleep in a crib), two of them are in new beds (one big girl bed and one crib), and one of them is unswaddled for the second time ever. How long will this last? My guess is anywhere from 5 minutes to 3 hours…
As I sit here keeping my fingers crossed that this peace will last much longer than 5 minutes, I can’t help but feel a little shocked by how quickly time is passing. How quickly these girls are growing up. People always say, “enjoy this time” and “they grow up so fast,” and “that was my favorite age,” and as hard as it is in the moment to enjoy the tantrums and the screaming and the illogical nature of tiny kids, it really is true…we need to enjoy them as much as we can.
They won’t want to organize their stuffed animals forever.
My kids are still young and even with my best effort to enjoy each of these stages, I’m still surprised that two of them are in big girl beds (gossiping about cartoon characters before they fall asleep…I can only imagine what it’ll be like in 10 years) and that my baby is already sleeping in a crib on her belly. She’s too strong to be swaddled anymore. Too wiggly to stay on her back. In a couple weeks she’ll be sitting up and by Christmas she could very well be crawling.
I’ve said it before, but it’s no wonder people have more kids. Babies are babies for practically no time at all and then they turn into full blown kids in the blink of an eye.
Time goes SO fast even when the days feel like they’re never going to end.
I could have sworn my girls were just babies…thank goodness for pictures!
And thank goodness I still have another baby to enjoy.
Anyway, I’m just rambling now. The whole point of me being here was to share that Mac is becoming such a big girl. We got home from our trip to Mexico on Friday night and decided on a whim to start her in her big girl bed on Saturday. And apart from the added goofiness from the girls that results in nap time being pushed back a bit, this has been the easiest transition EVER.
She hasn’t gotten out of her bed at all when she’s not supposed to and she’s SO proud of her bed. She’s SO proud to be a big girl.
She’s thrilled to be with Abby. And thankfully, Abby couldn’t be more excited about having her buddy back in her room.
Travis and I were shaking our heads last night because changes like this are normally harder. They normally require a few days/nights of torture (aka – zero sleep for Mommy and Daddy) followed by a transition period that takes a couple weeks. They don’t typically happen overnight. Gosh, I can’t even give any good advice on “how to transition your kids to a big kid bed” this time around because we didn’t do anything. We just told Mackenzie that she’d been acting like such a big girl (she’s potty training herself right now too…yes…) and that it was time to give her big girl bed a try.
We didn’t have to ask her twice.
I don’t know. I’m just so proud of my girls. I’m trying to follow my Mom’s advice to enjoy and accept each stage and change as it occurs…not feel sad that things are changing. Because it’s not sad that my girls are growing up…it’s exciting! They’re becoming more independent. They’re developing incredible personalities, vocabularies, and dance moves. They’re making decisions and standing up for themselves. They’re expressing their needs, wants, and hopes (like Abby’s very important hope that she’ll turn into a jaguar one day). And they’re becoming amazing people.
So as much as I want to slow life down a little bit and hit pause from time to time, I just need to enjoy and appreciate each stage, be proud of the people we’re raising, and enjoy the fact that this particular transition was a smooth one. We have many more to come and based on our experiences thus far, not too many of them will be this easy.
PS – we’re going on 60 minutes of peace and quiet right now…one gold star for Mommy!