The girls have been sleeping through the night in their cribs for the past three nights (? could be more than that) without assistance from Mommy or Daddy. Anna continues to nap drop and yesterday, we decided to wake Em and Allie at 2:30 instead of 3:00. It has made a huge difference at bedtime if they haven't had a long nap in the afternoon. We also have a bit of a new bedtime routine. I had been sitting on the floor while the girls sat on little chairs to read them some books at night. Think library story time.
Over the past month or so, we've noticed that that the girls' attention span has been getting progressively worse. They are constantly standing up, running around, sitting on their sisters, etc. After reading to them, I spend about five minutes cuddling with each one alone in the glider. They started asking if they could look through a book during cuddle/alone time with me so we have dropped the story time at the library reading session and moved right to cuddle time. We have also been allowing them to flip through a book in their crib while they wait for cuddle time. Whether intentional or not, the books in the cribs have been left there and I actually heard the girls flipping through their books yesterday morning.
I did have a Mommy Dearest moment last night with respect to the books in the cribs. Rich and I had tucked the girls in for the night and they seemed to be doing really well until I heard someone coughing, like a choking cough, so I ran up there to find Allie lying down coughing. She was fine. I managed to leave without any crying. Shortly after, I hear pleas for more water from Allie. You have to understand too that when she does this, you would think that she hasn't had anything to drink in a week. So I return to fetch the empty sippie cup. Of course, when they see me, they all decide that they want new books so I make an effort to switch up the books without anyone having a breakdown.
Two minutes later, I hear, "I want another book." I couldn't help myself. It was if Mommy Dearest had taken over my body and forced me to storm up to their room and yell, "This. Is It. If I hear one more complaint about the books, I'm taking them all out of here. And there will be no. more. books." I left and there was silence. Then some quiet chatting. Then silence. There were no additional requests for book transfers. I don't even know how they were looking at the books in the first place as their room was fairly dark.
Speaking of normal everyday stuff, I offered to care for the girls solo yesterday morning so that Rich could sleep in. (I, of course, was going to take a nap after Rich was up and about.) Shortly after I had contained the girls downstairs, I noticed seven deer eating on our property in the "meadow" area. It would have been a great photo opportunity as the sun had not dappled that area yet and the snow was completely covering the ground. I don't know if any of you have deer in your area but they are startled quite easily and after Anna thumped her head against the glass door, the deer seemed to have lost their comfort zone and soon took off running through the wooded area. Another three deer chased after them.
Question for those of you who have transitioned your little ones to toddler or regular beds: Did you use sheets and blankets/comforters for bedding or did you just stick with smaller blankets? The reason I ask is that the girls still wear sleepsacks, mainly to keep them from jumping ship, and unfortunately, they seemed to have formed an odd attachment to them. To the point that Allie likes to wear hers and walk around the house playing. I think part of it has to do with warmth as it is FREEZING here. Anyway, I don't know if I want to try for too much of a change at once.
It's going to be a bit before the girls are in their own rooms and I am really nervous that one of them is going to accidentally fall out of her crib. Em has actually never climbed out but she lifts herself up using her arms and hangs over the edge. (Note that I refuse to use crib tents.) The girls' cribs are of the kind that convert to a toddler bed with the removal of one side. We were thinking of doing that sooner rather than later. Sooner as in as soon as we can get our hands on three bed rails. I thought it may be too much of a change at once to go from cribs and sleepsacks to jammies and sheets and blankets.
And lastly, some photos from what I lovingly refer to as "The LP Sessions."