For the past week Emma has been sleeping through the night – and by that I actually mean 10.30/11pm – 6am. Unlike the other time I thought she was sleeping through, it seems to be here to stay. Which means it’s time. Time to make the transfer to put her in her own room.
There’s part of me that’s quite sad about it, I look across to the corner where her cot is and wonder what on earth we are going to do with the extra space (hubby is one step ahead of me though and already has plans for a desk) and how I’ll feel without her out of my sight during the night. I wonder how we’ve made it to 13 months all in the same room, when utterly sleep deprived me had declared that at 6 months Emma would be in her own space. It was already very strange moving the cot from by the bedside to against the wall, 6 feet away – this will be even stranger still.
However….there are things I’m looking forward to. Things I have wanted to do, but couldn’t because the only down time I get is when Emma is asleep in her cot. I’m very slightly ashamed to admit it but there are things I am really looking forward to, such as:
Reading a book before going to bed
Before I had Emma, I would do this almost every night to help me switch off. Now I read Twitter, which isn’t quite the same! I’m not sure if it’s just me being a stickler, but I can’t quite get comfy enough reading in the living room. So if anyone has any book recommendations, let me know 🙂
Clearing the Floor-drobe
The floor-drobe began way before Emma came along – it’s basically where you dump all your clothes onto the floor as you don’t have time to put them away. Our room is hilarious as I am very messy and hubby is very neat. So my half of the room is unbelievably messy and his all perfect! He’ll be very pleased when we have the room to ourself as I’ve promised him I’ll clean my act up haha. Watch this space…
Listening to music
This has got to be my favourite thing to do in the world. When I was living in London, I have been known to just retreat to my room and listen to music all night – I know that sounds very solitary and a bit weird I bet but I love it. Meeting hubby and finding out he shares the same love for music, we often like listening to the song we fell in love to and I can’t wait to do that again soon.
A space just for us
I can’t wait for our room to be just for us again. I’ve loved every second of having Emma there and know that the fact she can see us sleeping next to her, brings her so much security and comfort. I sometimes look at her at marvel at how secure she seems, which is so wonderful. But when I look around, there are dummies and Nurofen sticks on the nightstand. Under the bed, there are bottle caps, plastic toys and odd socks that I’ve forgotten about. A space just for us again feels like something so special.
And the ultimate….better sleep for everyone
I’m praying I don’t jinx it saying this but this really is the ultimate. I know that every night, the sound of me sleeping and moving around wakes Emma up…and vice versa! So here’s hoping that it means better quality of sleep for all three of us, even though I know it will take her a while to get used to it.
So suddenly we’re onto the next stage again and I’m very excited about it indeed. Have you got any tips for moving your little one into their own room? Let me know in the comments below…