Lately I've been telling Elise that one day she will sleep in a big girl bed and Tori will sleep in the crib. Tori has been moving around so much in the night that she keeps ending up with her head pressed up against the head board of her cradle. I've been feeling the time to start the transition is drawing near. The thought of Elise sleeping in a bed she can escape from has always scared me a little. Elise has never seemed like the kind of kid who would happily stay in bed all night without finding some kind of mischief to get into. She is a very good little girl but not much of a fan of sleeping. The last two nights Elise has screamed like her heart was breaking when we plunked her into her crib. It makes me sad. Last night she just wouldn't settle. I went in a few times to try to get her to calm down but she just kept screaming "baby baby bed baby!" So in a whim I asked "do you want to sleep in your big girl bed?" She immediately calmed down, nodded, and pointed at the bed she knew was meant for her. I picked her up, tucked her in and stuffed a pool noodle under the fitted sheet so it would be harder for her to roll off the edge. And there she slept, in the big bed her daddy used to call his own, feeling big, feeling proud, and looking so sweet and so small!
The sight of her little face sneaking out of her bedroom and peeking up over the edge of my bed at 8:20 this morning was sure enough to melt this mother's heart!