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Sophie Gets Her Own Bed!

When Sophie was 11 months old, we tried to have her sleep in her crib beside our bed for three nights. She'd been really restless sleeping between us. On the third night, she woke up screaming every 15 minutes, and tried to jump out. Needless to say, she's been sleeping with us since, and not complaining. We did get smart and cram her crib, with one side removed, against my side of the bed to give us more room.

Lately, however, I've been longing for the days of not worrying that every move I make will mean a 30 pound child grasping me for at least half an hour. Don't hear me wrong, I'm happy to breastfeed her for as long as she wants to. I wouldn't have it any other way. However, when it's 4 am and I'm getting up in an hour, and she's not nursing, but just likes the nipple in her mouth...that I can do without. I never thought I'd encourage her to suck her thumb! We joke about buying her a pacifier (at 22 months old, no less), but I know it's not the same.

Well, two nights ago, as I was nursing her to sleep in our crammed together bed, I asked her if she'd like to move her bed across the room and sleep in it alone. (Drum roll please) she smiled and nodded, not missing a drop of milk - she's a pro, you see. So, last night I lowered the mattress in her crib (I knew she'd fall out and she did, twice), and moved furniture in our room. Wow!! I haven't been able to get into bed from the side in a year, and boy, that's nice.

Sophie went into her bed at 9:15pm, asleep and full. She woke up for milk at 11:00pm and 3:22am, both times letting me put her back in her bed without crying. Then she woke up at 5:45am and she's sleeping on my chest (and the rest of my torso) now. She's about to be laid down again, though. This is sooooooo nice!

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