30 Days of Blogging, Day 21

We had our first toddler bed challenge tonight, where Avery decided to get up and leave the bed and pull out half of her books from her book shelf and have a fight with the door knob trying to escape. She tried to fall asleep when we first got into bed. We cuddled, she nursed, and she seemed almost ready to drift off.

And then she decided to sit up and get her water bottle, and then she decided to feed her water to me, and then she noticed her books on her bedside table and wanted to read them again, and then she climbed down off her bed and walked away. I asked her to come back and lay down and go to sleep. She ignored me. I picked her up and laid her back down in bed. She screamed and flailed. She got out of bed. I asked her to come back. She ignored me. I brought her back. This went on for a few rounds, until I decided to stop fighting her and just laid down and kept calmly repeating, “it’s bedtime. Time to sleep. Come lay down.”

And then, suddenly, she stopped fussing at the door and walked over to me and gave me a big hug. She climbed back into bed beside me and after another 20 minutes or so of cuddles with only intermittent nursing, she was asleep. It feels good to win these battles. It gives me confidence for the post-weaning bedtimes that are ahead of us.


2 thoughts on “30 Days of Blogging, Day 21

  1. Our middle-of-the night wake-ups that result (eventually) in returning to sleep give me confidence that the final weaning won’t be insurmountable. Hard, yes, but not impossible. I still hate that I can’t just plug the boob in and get her to go instantly back to sleep, but alas, that’s not a sustainable solution…

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    • It’s so hard to be strong in the middle of the night when you’re exhausted and you want your child to get the sleep they need! But you’re absolutely right – it’s not sustainable for us (otherwise we wouldn’t be trying night weaning in the first place), and we need to think ahead to a future time when they can fall asleep on their own and we can have our bodies back. Stay strong!


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