Everything changes

Megan and Heather

The Usual Suspects

It doesn’t feel like almost four weeks since we took the side off of Megan’s cot, and yet it totally is – doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun! Not that it’s been all fun of course, but I’m pleased to report that things are still going well with the transition. So well, in fact, that the next (and final!) stage in the transition will be occurring tomorrow: the big girl bed!

We’ve bought her a Barbie pink (not my description, it’s what’s on the side of all 3 boxes it came in) metal bed frame, which I’ve got to build tomorrow, and then that will be it – no more cot. What a strange feeling!

Even more strange, in the midst of changing her sleeping arrangements, Megan has stopped wearing nappies during the day, and is doing remarkably well – in two weeks, I think I could count on one hand the number of accidents we’ve had, which is incredible. Especially when you consider that most of the accidents we’ve had have been bottom burps with follow through rather than not knowing something was coming at all.

The final stage, of course, will be going nappyless overnight, which we’re going to leave until a) she’s settled in her new bed, and b) we’re consistently getting bone dry nappies in the morning. I don’t expect it to take more than a couple of weeks though, that was certainly our experience with Heather, and if there’s one thing we know about our girls it’s that Megan wants to do whatever her sister does.

Speaking of Heather, she’s going through big changes of her own just now, having just a week and a half of nursery to go! Gem has already started buying bits of school uniform, and I have to say, the sight of Heather in her school blazer made the whole thing seem so much more real. How on earth have we got to this point already???

Heather’s more than ready for school though, in exactly the same way as she was more than ready for nursery when she started 18 months ago. And having visited the school, and had an overview of how primary 1 works (totally different to my day!) I’m confident it will live up to her expectations. What’s more, from the glowing report we got from nursery (which is passed on to the school as part of her transition) I’m sure she’ll live up to theirs.

Of course, the changes aren’t limited to the girls. I’m still planning my new commute, and as for Gem… I’m not sure I’m allowed to share what she’s up to yet, but suffice to say things are going well there too.

So everything’s good, although some more sun over the summer would be nice. I guess some things never change!

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Movin’ on up

Megan's cot - before pic

Now you see it…

Way back in the mists of time, before I set up the only boy in the house (a year ago last Friday, fact fans!), there was Lunch Hour Waffle, my first toe in the water of the blogging world. To be honest it wasn’t that good – believe it or not, it was more rambly and less focused than this blog is – and I’m glad I decided to change things. Although I did bring those old posts with me when I changed, as a kind of starter for ten.

One of those was about Heather’s transition from cot to bed, and how much help the Gro-Clock had been. Astonishingly, almost two years on, we’ve now reached the same point with Megan, and it’s interesting to now be able to read back on our experiences with Heather. And with that experience, and having fixed the cot that caused so much trauma last time, we’ve been able to plan things much better this time round, and so far that plan seems to be working.

Our cot isn’t one of those that converts into a bed, but it does have a drop-side that’s fairly easy to remove, without affecting the structure and stability of the cot itself. It’s what we did   with Heather until her new room was clear and the bed built, and it’s what we’re doing with Megan too. And I think it’s a great way to get her used to sleeping without bars on all sides, not least because the mattress is at a height that’s not only easy for her to climb onto, but is also low enough that she won’t hurt herself if she falls out. Which she has done – several times in fact, but we’ve put a duvet down to pad the floor a bit, and so far those falls haven’t even woken her, never mind injured her!

Megan's cot - after pic

… now you don’t!

One thing that is different this time is how easy it’s been putting her to bed, in comparison to Heather at the same stage. Either she’s not yet worked out that she can climb out, or she’s quite content going to sleep rather than taking advantage of her new-found freedom. I suspect it’s the latter, because Megan’s always loved her bed, but I guess time will tell. At this point with Heather it could take us up to an hour to get her to stay in bed long enough to fall asleep so we’re definitely winning.

And, when it comes to morning, we’ve bought Megan a Gro-Clock of her very own, and after a couple of days she’s just about got the hang of staying in bed until it turns yellow and the sun appears. Honestly, I don’t think we could ask for anything more from her – the ease with which she’s adapted to the change is astonishing.

That said, there is the possibility it could all change when we move her into a proper bed, but I’m pretty confident that won’t be any problem whatsoever. Once she stops rolling out in her sleep, obviously!

This autumn I'm running/cycling in a 30km duathlon and a half marathon, to raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign. You can read more about my challenge here or support me here. All donations, however big or small, gratefully received!