11/03/2015

Life Lessons From Moving My Daughter to a Toddler Bed

What I Learned from Daughter
So this happened.

Our baby girl moved to her "big girl bed" -- one she excitedly picked out at a furniture store a couple of weeks ago.

As I watched my husband put it together and disassemble her crib, her face lit up.

"Big girl bed! Sleep in big girl bed!" 

The thought of sleeping in a new bed was exciting for her.

After all, it's much more spacious for her and her stuffed Sesame Street friends.

A few hours later, though, when it came to brush her teeth and say prayers that night, the tears started welling up in her eyes.

"Mommmmmmy! Dadddddddy!" 

She cried. She screamed. She cried and screamed some more.

The reality of sleeping in a new bed was scary for her.

I tiptoed into her bedroom long after we had hoped she'd be sound asleep.

And I nestled my head next to hers onto her tear-soaked pillow.

Through my own tears, I told her how proud I was of her for staying in her big girl bed even though she was scared.

I acknowledged how scary it must be trying to sleep in a bed that's so different than the one she's slept comfortably in for two years.

And I reminded her that no matter the changes Mommy and Daddy will always love her.

And then it hit me.

Sometimes life throws us curve balls -- you know, like leaving a career you love, a relocation much sooner than anticipated, or a surprise pregnancy after years of infertility.

And when we go through these life changes--no matter how big or small--it's okay to be scared terrified.

It's okay to mourn the loss of "what-was" and be cautiously optimistic about "what-will-be."

I don't know what's going on in your life right now--if you've got something heavy weighing on your heart or if you have big changes with your job or health or family circumstances on the horizon...

Whatever it is, keep loving yourself through the unknown.

And remember, all that's comfortable in your life right now was once something new, too.

Yep, even that bed of yours.

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