A year or so back, Baby had successfully transitioned into a big girl bed in her own room with very little sleep disruption for the household. DH and I were extremely proud of this accomplishment since it only took us a single weekend. Each night, our bedtime routine ended with a little shared snuggle time between Baby and Mommy in her big girl bed. I was convinced this helped her sleep soundly through the night. Most nights I would fall asleep too, only to wake a little later and head to my own bed for the night.
Then I got pregnant. The first trimester can be tough with so many hormonal changes happening for the mom-to-be. I, personally, was exhausted. I started to wonder if it was my age or the fact that no two pregnancies are ever the same. Adding to my exhaustion was a long family commute. I found myself, as soon as we got home, grabbing a bite to eat, and heading straight to bed. However, I was not alone when heading to bed.
You see, when I said I was tired, Baby chimed in with “I’m tired too, Mommy.” I did not have the energy to fall asleep in her bed with her, only to climb into my own an hour or two later. I wanted the comfort of my own bed. I needed sleep! What was I to do? Should I break our established routine due to my own sleep needs? That would be an emphatic, YES! I admit it, I changed the routine.
Good, bad or indifferent, Baby and I were soon sharing snuggle time in my bed, and both asleep most nights by 8:00 PM. Was this the right decision? I am still debating it in my head even now as it continues, but being a full time working [pregnant] mom, I feel it was. I cherish evening snuggle time with Baby. I didn’t want to choose between snuggle time and comfort for myself. So I found a way to accommodate both. However, I am still not sure my DH is overly enthused at my choice, since he was the one banished to the spare room.
Now at 7 1/2 months along, I know DH and I will AGAIN need to transition Baby back to her own room and into her big girl bed. I am racking my brain for ideas on how to do it this time. I am not sure the same “tricks” we used last time will work again. Baby is older and wiser now. We have about 6 weeks to figure it out, and I could use any and all input from moms and dads out there!
As for the baby # 2, I already know where he will be sleeping…in a bassinet!