Remember my post about my daughter falling out of bed because I started practicing her sleeping alone on her bed? I mentioned in that post that I stopped it because she always fell from her bed. Anyway, she would not sleep beside me forever so I might as well cherish the moments of her sleeping with me.
Recently, I really had a trouble keeping the little one sleep continuously at night because she easily awaken by so little noise. Add to that is her Ate’s shouts while sleeping. This has become my problem every night since sleep talking is normal at her age.
When Big Daughter initiated the idea of sleeping on the other room alone, you could not imagine how happy I was. But the problem is, she does not want to sleep with just the mattress on the floor. She wanted the bed to be transferred to another room. I was afraid that she would fall again while sleeping. But I gave in anyway to try if she could really sleep alone in the room.
Last Saturday, with the help of our housemate, we cleaned the small room adjacent to mine and hubby’s room. The room is actually unfinished. The cabinet does not have doors and paint. But good enough to be called room. I covered the opened cabinet with curtain so she can use it for her clothes. I used the other pair of the curtain for the window. We also transferred the single bed for her. And since last Saturday, she has been sleeping by herself on the other room, ALONE. I still hear her talk and shout while sleeping but she has never transferred yet to our room in the middle of night. Good sign, right?
Yesterday, while she was in school, I brought out her stuffed toys from the box (they remained in the box since the time we arrived here in Bohol) and arranged them on one side of her bed. When she arrived she thanked me for bringing out the toys. We agreed that she can play the toys as long as before she leaves for school, the toys are properly arranged. This morning when I checked her room, the toys were kept on one side of the bed. Good start, I guess.
After five years of co-sleeping with us, will this really be a graduation for my daughter? I really hope but it is too early to tell. Let us see in the next couple of weeks. She might still change her mind and choose to sleep with us again after one or two weeks. You know kids, they are just excited at first but when their excitement dies, they tend to return to their old habit 🙂