OK so here's the thing. There's something about that toddler bed she doesn't like. I think it's the feeling of being more exposed. She's OK laying in there as long as we're near her but if we attempt to leave the room, she jumps off and runs over to us. Last night, after a story on my lap, we tried it again. She'd lay down and look like she was drifting off, but as soon as I got up to leave, bam, here she comes. At one point she got up and went to the futon on the other side of the room and I thought OK, I'll leave her there and see what happens. A minute after I left the room, she started crying. We went back and forth on this for about an hour and a half, after which Gregg took over. Eventually, he took her in bed with him trying to just get her to fall asleep. By 11 PM he came downstairs with her, saying "Not only is she not going to sleep but now she's bouncing off the walls. She needs some activity time to drain the battery". Was she ever. For an hour, she was buzzing around the living room, climbing, jumping, and chatting non stop. Does she have an espresso machine hidden up there someplace? Eventually we snuggled up on the couch and by midnight she fell asleep hard. I put her back in the toddler bed and there she stayed until 5:30 when Gregg checked on her before leaving for work. When I peeked in at about 6:30, she had moved to the futon and was sleeping there.
We'll try it again tonight. We talked about putting the crib back together, but it's just too dangerous having her climb out of it. We don't want to push her, but we think she's ready, and she'll get it soon enough. She'd better; I'm running out of pithy titles for these posts.
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