It’s taken nearly five months, but Avery is finally moving up in the world and is moving out of our room and into her own. I made it official this morning by packing up the co-sleeper and putting it away.
Avery is finally sleeping through the night consistently. She has her set bedtime, has been going down really easy, and will sleep 11-12 hours at night. She slept great last week while we were on vacation, so I knew she was ready to move out of our bedroom and into her own.
On Sunday night, the day that we returned from vacation, I put her in her crib to fall asleep at bedtime. I think it took me longer to get used to than it did her because I was literally up every hour checking on her. She slept well and didn’t wake up at all until the morning.
Not only was I worried how this transition was going to be for Avery, but also for my oldest, Harlan, because they are sharing a room. Harlan has been so excited to have Avery sleep in the room with her. She’s been asking since the day Avery was born if she could sleep in there with her.
The execution of how things would actually happen is what worried me. Avery goes down an hour earlier than Harlan so I wanted to make sure that we don’t wake Avery up when we put Harlan to bed. So far, we haven’t had any problems. Avery has always slept with a sound machine so I turn it on as soon as she goes to bed (as loud as it can go) and that helps drown out the noise when we are putting Harlan to bed.
I’ve even used this strategy during nap time and it’s worked. Avery has woken up crying and Harlan hasn’t even budged. The sound machine works like magic. I can even walk in the room and pick Avery up and change her diaper and it doesn’t disturb her.
I thought I would be much more emotional about Avery moving into her own room, but I surprised myself and felt really good about it. I waited eight months with Harlan to move her into her own room because I just couldn’t let go. I think it’s the excitement of seeing both of my girls sleep in the same room together that makes the transition easier. I have such fond memories of my sister and I sharing a room (we did for 10 years) and I can’t wait to watch my girls make those same memories.
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