Saturday, June 11, 2011

Ashley and the Big Girl Bed

This picture is a year old, that's why Ashley looks so little haha.
     Ashley has been napping on and off in the twin bed we have in her room . It's normally reserved for grandmas when they come to stay so we don't have to make them sleep on the floor, but with baby brother coming in a few months we knew we needed to switch her over anyway. We lamented for a while about what we were going to do, whether or not we could afford to buy a toddler bed and another mattress for it, new bedding, all that jazz, and how in the world we could fit it in her room without having to take out the twin bed. It was going to be very crowded. In the end we decided on buying a bed rail and letting Ashley sleep in a twin bed and then when the grandmas come to visit they can sleep in Ashley's bed and Ashely can sleep on a children's cot. We found one online for $30 and $30 sounded better than $56 for a toddler bed (WalMart), $38 for a second mattress (also at WalMart) and who knows how much on new bedding for a smaller bed.
      So Ashley's second birthday marked the beginning of bed rail hunting and within a week we had it all set up and started letting her take naps in the bed. Some days she just wouldn't sleep and we would put her in the crib and I have to say, we should have tried harder but we didn't. I was a little concerned about losing some sleep at night by trying to have her sleep there at night too so I gave in and put her in the crib for night sleeping.
     Two nights ago as we were saying our family prayer, giving crazy kisses, and prepping her for bed she said "I want to sleep in the big girl bed" which she sometimes says for her naps. I asked her if she really wanted to or if she would rather sleep in the crib but she insisted that she would sleep in the big girl bed. The thing is, Ashley is excited about the big girl bed. She loves it, in fact. But she's had considerable shorter naptimes in the big girl bed and I think I suffered enough with an hour and a half less of nap time per day. I was not excited about losing a few hours to myself in the morning too, not to mention then numerous times she was bound to wake up at night and realize she could get out of bed. But Spencer didn't have school the next morning so I knew I'd have help if things didn't go well and I gave in. We let her sleep in the big girl bed. After tucking her in and saying goodnight, Spencer and I settled into the couch to watch a movie, taking bets on how long we though she'd last until she came out. We were both sooo wrong! She never came out once and she slept until about 8:30 which is around her normal time for waking up in the morning! I was shocked!
     And so we let her sleep in her big girl bed last night too. She came out once asking to watch Buzz and Woody. We calmly told her it was time to sleep, tucked her back in and that was the end of it! Spencer was up a little after 5 this morning to go early morning fishing and I expected the noise to wake her up and that she would sleep a few more hours with me but nope! She stayed asleep! She didn't sleep as long as the night before, only until 7:20 (so we'll see how the day goes haha) but she did it! I'm hoping this goes on and that she continues to have good nights in her big girl bed. I was terrified that this would be a long, complicated process that resulted in a tired mama, a tired toddler, and grumpiness/impatience all around, but so far so good! Wish us luck that it keeps going that way! :)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

More Spring Cleaning - Does it End?

     Before I get into my latest cleaning adventure I'm going to take a moment to indulge in myself and show you a picture of my belly. For a while there I was a little depressed at how saggy the 2 time pregnant belly was but hey, I'd just lost 30 lbs and there was a little extra sag that hadn't had time to tighten up before this little guy came into existence, but now it's tightening up and I look more pregnant than fat. :D So here I am at 24 weeks! (And can I just say that I'm thrilled that I didn't have to photoshop my acne out? The Dr. gave me the okay to continue to use Proactiv and thank heavens for that!)

     So anyway, I'm down to the wire here on preparing for my "half move" as I like to call it. That, coupled with my early nesting desires, has lead me to perform a giant purge on all the junk in my house. I've never liked all the junk I have but I've also had a hard time separating myself from my junk. Thoughts of "but I might need it again!" or "but that lotion bottle is still half full, who cares if I don't like the scent!" keep running through my mind but in the last month I've decided that enough is enough and it's time to purge. You saw my closet makeover (even more amazing is my storage closet makeover that I haven't even posted yet haha) but yesterday I decided my bathroom needed some TLC.
     My bathroom has always been clean but the cupboards were FULL of stuff that I didn't need. In the end I managed to DI a few more things (which I wish I would have discovered sooner since I just made a DI trip on Saturday haha) and I filled up an entire trash bag with half full bottles of lotion that I probably would never use again anyway, old shampoo and conditioner bottles with just a little left in them, expired antibacterial ointments (expired by several years, I might add), and various other things I just have no use for anymore. Can I just say that it was an extremely liberating experience? Holy cow! Normally I worry about how wasteful it is for me to throw things like that away. I don't have much money, how could I throw away a perfectly good bottle of lotion just because I don't like it? (I know, it doesn't make any sense to me now that I've purged it out from under my bathroom sink haha.) Letting go and throwing away made me feel so good! And even though under my bathroom sink is still full, it's full of stuff that I use and I can promise you that I'll be much more careful when I buy things in the future. (Hint: Don't buy a giant 3 pack of lotion at Costco, torture yourself with the first 2 bottles and then have to throw the 3rd bottle away, just buy something you like even if it's more expensive to buy it somewhere else instead of in bulk at Costco with a coupon!)
     Today I've got big plans to clean out Ashley's linen closet and under her sink (the linen closet may be more of a fiasco than mine, but under her sink will be a breeze, there's almost nothing in there!) and the best part of this whole de-junking and spring cleaning process is that I have ZERO plans to replace what I got rid of with more stuff. :) Well, I guess having a shiny, sparkling clean house is a plus too. ;)
     Anyway, the whole point of me blogging about my soon-to-be junk free house is that I've really taken to heart the message to simplify. I've been thinking so much about that concept for a long time now and I'm finally doing something about it (I attribute that to the "half move" and the nesting haha) and it feels so good. A simplified life is a fun, relaxing, carefree life in which I get to spend more time with my kids (I can say kids now even though one is still chilling in utero haha) and I have to spend less time cleaning my house. So I challenge all of you who read this to simplify and start enjoying life the way it's meant to be. Muster up the courage I know you have to clean out and simplify! It feels so good and there's just something nice about opening up a closet to get out your summer clothes, or getting under the bathroom sink for that new tube of toothpaste and being able to see exactly everything that's in there and where it's all at! I can't even explain the amount of stress that has been lifted off my shoulders because I know exactly where things are at when I want them. Have fun simplifying your life!