A BIG, Big Girl Bed

Sometime last February or March, the nightmares really revved up and Emily was soon spending every night in our bed. It escalated until she simply refused to sleep in her own.

I could have put my foot down and insisted she sleep in her own room, in her own bed, but as my husband Dave said, “It isn’t as if she will want to sleep with us forever.”

By May, however, it was quite uncomfortable. Who knew a little kid would take up so much room? Not just that, but she had taken it up a notch from talking in her sleep to screaming. Once the little monster even hit me, hard, in her sleep and then insisted that I had hit her.

At a garage sale, I found what I was looking for. A temporary solution, at the very least, in the form of a cot, used in a former daycare. At least it got her out of our bed, so we could have a reasonable night’s sleep. And honestly, I didn’t dwell on how long she might use it, just that she was out…of…our…bed.

As the months dragged on and our, ahem, marital relations were suffering.

My mother had found this adorable sleigh bed from the 1940’s last fall and offered to give it to me. I had declined, citing that there was no room for such a large bed in Emily’s room. After nearly nine months of co-sleeping with my kiddo, I was ready for a change. I swore I would ‘make room’, asked for the measurements to the bed, and set about creating space for it this past Saturday.

I sifted through toys, moving countless pieces she hadn’t played with in years to the Goodwill pile, and tossing the endless assortment of kids’ meal toys in as well. When Emily returned from playing with a friend I gave her the opportunity to keep or donate three bins full of toys. In the end, we ended up with just 1 1/2 bins. The kiddo was decisive!

And on Sunday my husband drove up north and picked up the bed from my mom, bedding and all…

I lined up her large collection of PillowPets and stuffed animals along the wall edge…

And enlisted Emily’s help in moving the rest of the stuffed animals back out of their temporary spot in my office and back into her room…

She decided that her seat/doll storage could hold the rest of her stuffed animals…

At the end of her bed sits her dresser, one I saved from my grandmother’s house. As you can see, her collection of piggy banks and all of the hardcover Harry Potter books are there…

Emily’s room is in a garden theme, with a ‘picket fence’ that runs along the perimeter of her walls and there are bees, and various other creatures to be discovered along the way…

I really had a lot of fun doing this a few years ago.

Now her toys are all in order…

And guess who was peacefully sleeping in her very on BIG big girl bed this morning?

 

 

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