Friday, November 16, 2007

VICTORY!

Here is a photo of Roman sleeping in his own little bed. It is bumped tightly to mine so I can hold his hand in the night or place the blankets back on him. As you can see its a tight squeeze wedged between my bed and my computer chair, but it is WORKING!! (Excuse my unmade bed, but if I made the bed the toddler would have woke, and the moment would have been lost.)


I am so excited! I can NOT wait to share this news. No, Den and I didn't win the lottery, but it's almost as good. Are you ready? No, seriously, are you sitting down for this? Okay...........


Roman slept all night long in his own toddler bed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What?! You're not as excited? Well listen here, I am on CLOUD NINE!


If you have read my blog at all in the past than you know that our little Roman has been a nightmarish sleep partner. No one likes to sleep with him because he is literally ALL over the place. I would wake a couple of times in the night with his belly atop my head. Not exactly the most dreamy state for mama. Den would hear me fighting for air and time and time again save my life. It was a miraculous routine that took place nightly, unless we could convince one of the boys to take a turn with him, which the boys did. I would complain about my night with him, how exhausted I was, and either Levi or Isaiah would give Den and I night time leave. Then they would share their gruesome tale the next morning......hehehe


So I decided enough was enough. After all baby #6 is due in the middle of March and something has to give. I mean there isn't room for 4 in our queen size bed, and I would have to put the baby in a bubble to spare his life with Roman next to him. Therefore I conjured up a little plan. I bought a crib mattress and a couple of the softest sheets I could find, and two "Car" blankets that literally feel like butter. You see Roman is into textiles. He loves to FEEL things with his small chubby palm. So I knew in order for this plan to work he would have to love the FEEL of the blankies.


I brought the stuff home and I gave him one of the blankets. I placed it upon his shoulders and gently rubbed his cheek with the buttery material, and he was instantly smitten. He carried the blankie around for quite a while. He also happens to love "Cars", but that was dumb luck. I placed the made bed on the family room floor and told him it was his, as he bounced and jumped on the miniature mattress. He LOVED it!! (Ohhhh little did he know that it would be moved next to my bed and forevermore be his sleeping apparatus, but that would come in time!)


Finally at bedtime he was placed, with as much enthusiasm as a tired mommy could muster, on his tiny bed, that was next to mine. He wasn't sure, but I again told him how soooooooft his blanket was, and it was all HIS! That first night was, admittedly, exhausting. He was up constantly wanting to climb into my bed with me, but I was firm. Even when he jumped up and down at 3am and then 5am I denied him. I got up several times to lay him back down, and to try to melt his heart with his little blanket.


However, last night he slept all through the night, and in fact as I am typing this (right next to him) he is STILL sleeping. Ohhhh the giddiness that I feel from the top of my head to the tip of my toes is difficult to describe! I am so happy that I have convinced him to sleep in his own little bed. This calls for a nonfat/decaf/peppermint/mocha from Starbucks!! hehehe

19 comments:

meNmykids said...

Yay, yay, yay. I can remember those times and am soo glad you are getting this done before the new one arrives. Sure takes away the procrastination choice huh? One of mine just slept so much better once she let us break the bed tie. Keep your courage up for the ultra force fit he is stashing up to sneek back in and we'll all pray he doesn't get sick before he is truly weaned. Congrats.

dakotablueeyes said...

Good for him. I never thought of doing that we just made a sleeping bag pallet on the floor for our kids when they wouldn't sleep in their own rooms.

Beth said...

Awww...that is so sweet. You have your bed back, but at least he is not to far from you. I love those blankets too.

Hey left a comment on my blog under the post with the collages about the programs I used to make them. Just wanted to let ya know.

Fee said...

giggle, giggle, snort...... yes you made me lose control girl!..... that was funneeee!
And I understand totally... I STILL have to hold TanziPanzi's hand for her to go to sleep!
I rejoice with you Mamma!

Trina said...

Gale: I knew you could appreciate my victory!!! However, you are right I just KNOW he is stashing up a doozy fit for me eventually. However, I prefer to live with rose colored glasses and pretend that no such problem will exist...lol

dakota: If I thought a pallet would do for King George I would have skipped the expense. However he is like the princess with the pea (except insert male version!)hehehe

Beth: I love the blankets too. 6.99 at Ross, and I am NOT kidding about how buttery soft they are. Thanks for the collage info!

Fee: I knew you would snort!! HAHAHA

marykathryn said...

Hooray for the little man and an even bigger HOORAY for mommy!! Hope this new tend continues and when the new little one gets here it will be smooth sailing. I just love those super soft blankets...But I am sort of a blankie kind of girl..*wink,wink*...

Mrs.Martin said...

Oh Trina, so adorable, the hold his hand at night. My baby is still sleeping in his crib, on the lowest setting. He has not climbed out yet, and I am feeling very blessed lately. He is 16 months and tall, so I figured he would tumbling out one morning. And the crib is the auto sleep zone for him. Nothing else works, and hardly ridng in the car anymore either. So when the crib goes I am in trouble. Maybe he will make until he is 2? I hope.


And congratulations for the full night's sleep. I think you have handle life gracefully, pregnant and lacking in sleep.

Lori said...

Oh that definately calls for Starbucks! Congrats all around! ha! So...does this mean no more closet sleeping for the little guy? ha!

Trina said...

Lori: I hope that this is what that means! LOL

Connie M. said...

Congrats! Doesn't life look rosy after a full night's sleep? Bailey still has her pink pallet laying beside our bed! Only now it is on Marshall's side. He sleeps deeper so she has to fully awaken before we hear her (and there is less traffic on that side) She is stuck on a 4am wake up time (since before birth-I ALWAYS woke up then, to eat, while pregnant) so she usually doesn't come down here until then. She sleeps on her pallet until about 6:30 when we are all up getting ready for our day.

Marisela said...

Yeah for you! I hope it keeps working, and you keep getting lots of sleep.

Jules said...

Trina, I'm very happy for you! I know exactly what you mean about being kicked, smothered, etc... in your sleep. It took forever for Blake to stop sleeping in our bed. But I love your idea, this way Roman still feels close to you, but at the same time, probably feels big! That's awesome!

Tish said...

I can imagine your victory! It does feel wonderful to not have to deal with a toddler in the night. I'm glad that you had the endurance to stick to it so that you could celebrate this wonderful experience!

Cherrie said...

Good job! I am very happy for you. Hey I want a starbucks too. I sure hope he keeps enjoying his bed.

Anonymous said...

YAY! He looks so comfortable in it..if you have a baby book for him, Im sure this will make headlines :)

-Nomadica

Steff said...

Congratulations! Next step...his own bedroom. It must be really nice to see him sleeping peacefully in his own spot. :)

Angela said...

I remember not so long ago my 4 year old was going through this... Whoohoo!!! Now you can get used to sleeping all night and get compeletly rested for #6. I just stumbled on your blog a few weeks ago and I love it and am hoping to glean the experience from a mom of 5 boys! Starbucks on me :)

Nadine said...

Yeah for you! It's good that he made this next step. It will help with the new baby. I'm glad he was able to sleep through the night.

Chantel said...

I hope the new bed is still working out. Andy seemed to have really enjoyed his Roman time. I think he has talked about him more than anyone! Hope everyone is feeling better.