Getting Rose to sleep in her big girl bed was a bit of a roller coaster ride, made more entertaining than annoying (though still really annoying) by the addition of our new video monitor. Here are some things we’ve seen on the video monitor so far.
The first couple nights, we mostly saw Rose disappearing from her bed. This is the trouble with having a) just one video monitor and b) a video camera you can’t control from a remote location. If Rose gets out of bed, I just can’t see her. That sort of defeats the whole purpose of having a video camera in there.
If Rose disappeared for an especially long time, this is where we found her.
Except usually they weren’t actually asleep. In fact, Rose would get in bed with sleeping Lily and yell “Lily! WAKE UP! LILY! WAKE UP!” Usually Lily would still be awake and there would be a lot of giggling, but she did wake her up a few times. Lily was EXHAUSTED that week. Poor thing. I had to go up and break up the slumber parties. I don’t mind a little fun and hope they have good memories of sharing a room, but this would go on for HOURS and people need to sleep.
If Rose does stay in bed, I get to see a lot of this.
She prefers nightgowns, so there’s a whole lot of toddler butt action going on. It’s very attractive. Actually, I probably would look similar if you took a video of me sleeping from the foot of my bed.
I’m so glad there are no video cameras in my room. That I know of.
I’ve also witnessed a lot of sweetness.
Every time Rose would kick her blankets off, Lily would hop out of bed to tuck her back in. This went on for so long and seemed to keep everyone awake so much that I actually had to tell Lily to stop doing this even though it was seriously the sweetest thing ever. I loved it and it made me sad to stop it, but for a couple nights there, she was seriously getting out of bed every two minutes to tuck Rose back in. That’s not very conducive to ANYONE’S sleep.
I’ve also overheard a lot of conversations about the new basketball nightlight and how it is “red” (it’s orange, actually, because it’s a basketball and that’s what color they are), the Woof Woofs and how there are ladybugs and hearts in the room. My favorite conversations go something like this.
Lily: Rose, you are a big girl now so you have to go to sleep in your big girl bed. This is how you go to sleep. Watch me.
Rose: I’m a big girl?
Lily: Yes. This is how you go to sleep. Now close your eyes.
Rose: I close my eyes?
Lily: Yes, and then you go to sleep. Watch me! See? My eyes are closed.
Rose: Your eyes are closed?
Lily: Yes. Now be a big girl and go to sleep.
This conversation is repeated and goes on forever.
There was a week of small people staying up for hours, but people adjusted and are now going to sleep quickly. What really seemed to clinch the deal was me going in there every time she got out of bed and telling her I could SEE her and would be there EVERY TIME she got up. Once she realized I could see her, she started doing much better.
It’s kind of creepy to think about, actually. Mommy can see you ALL THE TIME. I feel like a spy!
But it’s working. Hopefully soon I can remove both the camera and the baby-proof doorknob so we can have free-range kids who sleep in their proper beds again.