A Room Of Her Own

by Amber Stiles on August 2, 2012

When I was pregnant this time we didn’t bother dreaming of a new perfect nursery.  There wasn’t much nesting at all.  We initially assumed that Emma wouldn’t need a room of her own until she was at least a year old.  WRONG.  We thought we could get away with keeping her in our room until it was time to just let the girls share a space.  NOPE.

We based all of our decisions on our first round of parenting.  I know…I KNOW…all babies are different.  But but but, I’ve only parented ONE past this point and she slept with me till she was 18 months and didn’t sleep through the night till she was 22 months (she slept with Peter those 4 missing months if you’re doing the math).  I didn’t know what a nap alone for more than 20 minutes looked like till she was 1-ish.  Point being, I just thought Emma would need me to sleep for a bit longer.

My little baby is now taking 1-3 hour naps twice a day on her own.  We’ve actually had two days where both naps were 2+ hours alone, one of which I put her down asleep and she stayed that way without nursing or shushing!!!!  At night I put her down between 8 and 9 and she stays put until 12 or 1am.  It’s pure craziness compared to last time.

It would be all fine and good if these sleeps were happening in her own room…or even the crib that’s set up in our room.  But no, they’re in our bed so when I’m so very tired and she’s still asleep, I feel like I need to wait until she wakes for a night feed to go to bed.  I don’t want to wake her to eat earlier than she wants because…HELLO…I want her to sleep for a long long time LOL.

I also don’t want to wake her by coming in and trying to sleep next to her.  Who would’ve thought such a teeny person could take up a whole bed.  Girlfriend rolls all over so she needs a buffer zone and she’s usually dead center when I go to bed.  So poor mom ends up in a pile of pillows on the floor at the end of the bed.  Not so comfy.  Not so restful.  Something needs to change.

Suffice to say…Peter’s prepping to say goodbye to his office.  I’m excited because I get to pick out new nursery decorations!

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ilene August 2, 2012 at 2:35 pm

My kids take up the full bed too! Steve and I wind up on the couch or in another room a lot of the time!

I could give up my office to make another bedroom – I may not be that far behind Peter!

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Amber Stiles August 15, 2012 at 2:54 am

I’m such a restless sleeper I KNOW I wake Emma up. It was easy with Alexa. Well not really, but she nursed all night so there was no choice. Of course, she had her own room that she didn’t use for the first 2 years. She got my office!

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Kristen @ The Preppy Girl in Pink August 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Good luck with the transition!It is fun to decorate a new space too. So you will hopefully not only feel good from a more restful night but happy about a new special place in your home.

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Amber Stiles August 15, 2012 at 2:55 am

I think we’re actually going to move Alexa into Peter’s old office so she can get a new room too. Make it a whole family affair. New paint for everyone :-)

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Christine @ Love, Life, Surf August 3, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Yes, she needs her own room and bed! My kids never liked sleeping with us, well, the older one likes it more than the younger one. I hope that the transition goes well and have fun with decorating!

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Amber Stiles August 15, 2012 at 2:57 am

I’m not sure if she likes sleeping with me. I’m pretty sure she’s sleep longer and deeper if I wasn’t there moving around next to her. She’s pretty calm though. Alexa used to sleep ON me, so there was no question that we were going to cosleep for a long while. Emma is just next to me. She doesn’t “need” me all night. Time for a change. We’re working on getting all the computer equipment reconfigured, then things should move quickly. Hopefully in the next two weeks I’ll get my room back!

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