so, project big boy bed is not going so well. He refuses to sleep in it, and has taken to sleeping on the floor of his room. I have put the transition on hold for now, and since he is staying in his room (with 3-5 walk backs from me) will leave it a little while longer.
I actually lay in his bed this morning and he ran over and cuddled with me, so this might be my next approach. Lie with him for 5 minutes (as I do now, but in the bed) and then when I would normally leave, hope he stays there...)
His first play class (without me) was this morning. I dropped him off and waited in the lobby - 7minutes in I hear him screaming his head off - for 25 min. The instructor came out and told me, but said just to leave him (I know seeing me would make it worse) After that, he was fine. He was excited when he came out, but I could tell he was looking for me. When he saw me, he pulled me into the class because he wanted me to play with him.....We went outside and played on the structure for a little while, and then came home and he had a 2 hr nap.
Julien starts his little people mornings class tomorrow. I am so excited for him. I take him to the community centre and drop him off (although I will stay in the lobby) and then he has an hour long play class with a group of kiddies his age and an instructor. I am really hoping it goes well - he has been going through seperation anxiety again - so I am starting to get a little nervous.
so last night he was up at 1am - and it took 2 hours of going back and forth every 15-20 minutes before he finally went back to bed....then up at 630 happy as can be!
bedtime routine starts, he follows as I go to turn off light. Tonight I was sitting just beyond the threshold of his door. 8 walkbacks, and 5 minutes of crying. He settles down, I slip into our room and go on computer. I hear him playing with his toothbrush (battery operated) then I hear another noise.....I walk down the hall, look in his room and his TB is on his bed, but he's not in his room - I hear the noise again, look in the bathroom - BUSTED- he is playing with his bath toys. Walk back, cry, out, walk back - I sit in the hall, he fusses, grabs book, moves to bed. a few minutes go by, I go back to computer - 10 minutes, out.....So, a little bit of a regression tonight (40 minutes in total) but not too bad.
so last night he woke up twice. Both times when he saw me he got back in bed himself.!!!
Night 2: bedtime routine, kiss goodnight he follows me as I get up to turn on the light. Walk him back to bed. He follows me again - walk him back again.I sat on the threshold of the door this time, and it took about 10 minutes and he was out. I was amazed, no crying, no fussing or complaining. He chatted to himself a while and then out.!!!!!
We started a bedtime routine tonight - snack/pj's/teeth/bed/book - goodnight kiss.
After the kiss, when I got up to leave the room, he followed. I walked him back to bed. I sat in front of his door (open) with my back to him. He cried/fussed for 7-8 minutes. Then he tossed/turned for 7-10 min. I waited a few minutes, then left the room - he followed. As soon as I turned around, he walked back and got into bed. I sat in front of the door again, waited 6 minutes and he is still asleep in bed!!!!
I am not naive enough to believe it will be like this tomorrow....he may even wake up and take more to get back to bed tonight.....we will see.
Tomorrow night, I will be moving a few feet and sitting on the other side of the (open) doorway.
Tonight will be the first night that Julien sleeps in his big boy bed at home. I turned his crib into a toddler/day bed today - and now am anxiously awaiting bedtime. I have no idea what to expect. I have decided to use the supernanny technique if he won't stay in bed (constantly walking him back to his bed - no eye contact or talking) - I really hope it goes smoothy, but I am not working this week so decided it was the time to try it. That way, if I have a few sleepless nights, it won't really matter.
Please wish me luck - I will update in the morning.
Last week were able to join Aunt Bev at her cottage for a few days. Julien had loads of fun playing on the beach, around the cottage and he even learned something new: how to escape from his playpen.
His sleeping was uneventful the first night, and he slept through (thank goodness). For his nap the next day however, he realized that he could climb out of the playpen. This meant that he did not nap, got overtired and needed a car-ride at bedtime that night. I slept in the room and locked the door to make sure he didn't wander away from the cottage.
When we returned home, he learned how to climb out of his crib (at my moms place) so we promptly changed it to a toddler bed. This, however, makes nap/bed time quite difficult. He likes to fight sleep, and since he can escape (we made sure the room is toddler proofed) he tends to not go to sleep.....The crib we have at home is a much different style, and much more depth between the mattress and top rail - so he has not yet been able to make progress on it - but I have the bed rail all ready to go for when he does.