Big Girl Bed

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The Gratitude Gospel: Day 4

It was one of those bittersweet moments in parenthood – a sign that your child is growing more independent by the day.

This weekend our almost two-year-old daughter transitioned from a crib to a full bed. The déjà vu was hard to resist.

Nearly two years ago to the day, we surprised our son with not only a new bed, but a new room. Little Sister would soon inherit his nursery.

In my mind, it feels like yesterday.

But we wanted to be equitable to our daughter; if we couldn’t give her a different space, we could at least buy her fancy sheets. So we shopped and arranged and prepared the video camera to record the big reveal.

And, for at least one hour, she beamed with the richest light. She hugged the bed, climbed up and down countless times, and even tried to remove the safety rail with her toddler strength. Hilarious.

The whole situation reminded me of breastfeeding. I believed sadness would prevail when the time finally came to wean my children. But, you know, it never did. I look back with gratitude on the experience but in no way wish to return.

As I stood proudly watching my daughter embrace change, I chuckled to myself.

I could almost see her graduating from high school and college.

I could almost see her working at her first professional job.

I could almost see her walking down the aisle.

And, truly, I was grateful that – for today – she’s still a little girl swallowed by a big girl bed.

Which moment – big or small – filled your heart
with gratitude today?

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6 thoughts on “Big Girl Bed

  1. What a lovely post. Thanks for your perspective on the transition. We’re getting VERY close to the same one, and I’ll admit, my first thought is always, “Nooooo, she’ll be able to escape…” 😉 Blessings today: Those beautiful moments when the kids are all playing TOGETHER happily, and I can get a glimpse of what amazing people they’re going to be. AND even the teachable moments that arise when they’re NOT playing so nicely, I suppose.

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    1. I think we are going through the same challenges on all fronts! One of the hardest things for us has been how very different our children are. My son loves boundaries and was a dream to transition to the “big bed”. Our daughter, however, is pushing, pushing, pushing those limits; it takes 3-4 reminders to keep her in her bed to take a nap. I have to tell myself that this time will pass and certain milestones will be easier. And, well, it’s a good thing she’s cute 🙂 Thank you for the reminder to embrace the quiet moments – no matter how fleeting they may be! It’s an essential part of the “job” as well 🙂

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