life with little miss amelia

Thursday, August 18, 2016

A few weeks ago I mentioned that we (mostly I) were going to be trying a new bedtime routine with little miss. I was sooooo nervous going into it as I had no idea what to expect from her. I've said before and I'm sure I will say it a million times...this one keeps me on my toes. I have never had a child like her and never will again. She is so strong willed and stubborn yet sweet at pie. It's really a split personality ;) So as you can imagine, this new sleep adventure had me stressed.

dress: Stellybelly

As per her usual self she shocked us all.

The first night there were many tears leading up to bedtime. I gave her a bath where I played with her for a good 15 minutes (I know that might not sound like a big deal but when you are making sure 3 kids get ready for bed it is), read her 2 books, prayed and then got out, kissed her and left the room. She was super brave as I left and with small tears told me goodnight. I stood outside her door for about 10 minutes and to my shock nothing happened. She didn't yell for me, heck she didn't make a peep! She never came out of her room not even once. As you can imagine Cam and I were shocked. Even the boys were shocked. The next morning we made a HUGE deal about what a big girl she was and her little face was all smiles.I was afraid that the first night was a fluke so the next night I was ready for her to put up a fight. Nope...again she surprised us and stayed in her bed all night, never once yelling for me or getting out. Fast forward to now. She is still successfully staying in her bed and falling to sleep. I'm not kidding you when I say this is LIFE CHANGING!!!! I finally have my evenings back. I've started reading with the boys again in the evenings and now Cam can do bedtime with her. This little girl is just too much :)

She also informed me that she didn't want to swim with her floaties anymore. This coming from a child who at the beginning of summer wouldn't even get in the pool! So I signed her up for swim lessons at a local place that I have heard great things about.

She was soooo cute at her first lesson. She got right in line by herself and listened very attentively to her teacher.

My little lovie is growing up and that brings me so much joy. She will be starting preschool 2 days a week this year and will also continue with ballet. As I said before I am truly embracing my children growing up and love it more then I could have ever imagined. Long gone are the days of diapers and sleepless nights. There was a time I thought that I would be sad about that but I'm not. 

I love my big kids and look forward to many many adventures with them :)
Even though they looked like they were being tortured I can assure there was no harming of children for this photograph ;)

"The things that we love tell us what we are."
~St. Thomas Aquinas

This is the next habit we are going to break. It's about time, right??!!

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