Last week, Fiona & Sophie started falling asleep on their own. Prior to that I would lie with them until they were both asleep. Sometimes it would take over an hour. I resented it sometimes because it used up my whole evening. Don’t get me wrong, I love the snuggles and the stories, it’s just that I wouldn’t get out until 9ish and then I had very little time before I had to go to bed in order to rise at 6 am.
Amazingly it wasn’t even that difficult to get them to fall asleep on their own. The first night was the worst, I had to separate them because they were conspiring together about how to get out and stay up late. Fiona was easiest, which was surprising in some ways as she has generally been the more
clingy attached of the two. Sophie had to be returned to her bed about 5 billion times before she finally fell asleep. But the next night was easier, it was only 3 or 4 times. And then the next night I didn’t have to do it at all.
They were ready. So was I.
We had a wee regression this weekend because Daddy lay with them one night while I was having a fun girls weekend at the cottage. It wasn’t as bad as the first night though.
They still sleep with me though, I move Sophie into the big bed. I’m not ready for the next step. They say they aren’t either but if I’m not around, they will often sleep all night on their own. I’m still a firm believer in a family bed or co-sleeping. It’s what worked for our family.
Yay Sophie & Fiona. Yay me.
How do your kids fall asleep? Beware of frozen quinoa puree if you criticize my attachment parenting choices. 🙂
This is a very old pic, but I don’t have any recent ones.