In November we decided it was time to say goodbye to the crib. If I had my choice Jo would still be sleeping in the crib, but for some reason she thought she was too big for it and would scream for hours on end when it was time to go to sleep. So, we decided she was ready for a "big girl" bed.
The crib has been a staple in the nursery for the past 9 years. It hasn't moved..except for the occasional deep cleaning which rarely happens;)...it has sat in the same exact location since we brought B, our oldest, home from the hospital.
It's full of teeth marks. In fact, we thought about using it as a full size bed because that was the intention when we purchased this one because it is a convertible crib after all, but there were so many teeth marks on it that we decided it probably wasn't the best idea.
Then it was time to take it down. We haven't parted with it just yet. It's in the attic where it will probably stay...teeth marks and all!
Now, I wish I could say that the transition to the "big girl bed" was an easy one, but it's still something we are struggling with...3 months later. It is getting better.
At first, Jo would take forever to fall asleep only to wake up several times in the night. We tried everything and I don't think we slept at all for about a month...maybe an hour or two, but that was it. It was like having a newborn in the house and I was an emotional mess! Now, it takes her a bit to wind down, but she will stay in her bed until about 2am-3am then get in bed with us.
I've never been a fan of co-sleeping. I don't disagree with it. We have friends who co-sleep and if that works for you then great, it's just not something I wanted to start! Well, guess what! After several weeks of little or no sleep, we finally caved and she gets in bed with us when she wakes in the middle of the night. If we try to put her back in her bed, it is a 3 hour long process. I can hear Super Nanny in my ear saying (in her British accent), "Just tough it our for three nights and it will make a difference!" Well, when she wakes at 3 am and is up for 3+ hours and I have to be up at 6:30 to get the other two on the bus, it just doesn't work. And I need my sleep...just ask my husband! We've tried just about everything...white noise, night light, oils...you name it, we've tried it!
But for now this is what is working for us...and at least we are getting a little bit of sleep. This phase shall pass!...I hope!