I know most people might think we are nuts working on these things with our girls with a baby due to arrive any day now, but they will be a process regardless.
As far as Cecilia’s sleep, I must say the curtains have done wonders. We also made her bedtime about a half hour earlier. The little girl who used to wake us at 5:45am declaring that “The sun is up! Time to get up!” will now sleep until past 7 almost every morning. That is one problem solved.
Felicity’s sleep is a bit more complicated. Since she prefers a bed to a crib, we have set up a twin bed for her in Cecilia’s room. But … new bed, new bedding, new room, new everything makes for a big transition. She didn’t take right to it, as they say. She sat and played a bit in her bed for a bit, lay down a couple of times, had her foot slip and fall between the bed and the wall twice and then proceeded to just try to get out of bed. I removed her from the room so Cecilia could go to sleep. Upon our leaving, James apologized to Cecilia for how much of a disturbance Felicity had been while she was trying to go to sleep. Cecilia’s response was, “Too much noise! I’m trying to rest!” So, we will try again at naptime today when we won’t have to worry about it disturbing Cecilia and we will put something between her bed and the wall to prevent further foot falling. It will take a little time, but it has begun.
When they aren’t going to sleep, they love sharing the room together and frequently swap beds to sit and lay in.
Cecilia has been a bit too smart for her own good when it comes to potty training. We tried the reward for going in the potty trick. She would wear a pullup until she wanted a treat, then use the potty, claim her treat and get back into a pullup. Yeah. So that no work. If she wanted a treat and didn’t even need to use the potty she would try, run back out to get a drink of water, try again, repeat and repeat until she could do it. Ever wonder if your kids are smarter than you are? So, how to make her want to use the potty more than when she just wants a treat? Well, we changed the rules. Now if she goes all day without peeing in a pullup (she isn’t comfortable enough yet to do the other) she knows she will get a special treat after dinner. It hasn’t motivated her enough yet though it did have some good results yesterday. So we added a sticker chart for her to put a sticker on each time she uses the potty. Yesterday it backfired when she got a hold of the stickers and went to town with them all over the chart. Today they are out of reach. It does result in her forced attempts to go though just to get more stickers. Again, I think it will just take time.