Kalia is adjusting quite nicely to most of the changes she's had to endure in the 4 1/2 months since we became a family. One thing she still struggles with is sleep. She has yet to sleep a complete night in her bed without waking up not once. We've had some good nights....where she'll go to bed around 9 and sleep till 6, but there are always a couple wakeups in there, where she'll go right back to sleep if I pat her back. Most the time I get good sleep from 9 til 12 or 1, then she has to sleep in our bed the remainder of the night (or noone gets any sleep).
A couple weeks ago I began to wonder if she was feeling constrained in the crib. She's a mover and continuously hits her head on the sides. I also wondered if maybe she associated the crib with being in the orphanage. I began to think about maybe it was time to convert the crib into a daybed. If either of those were how she was feeling, maybe converting the bed would help.
So yesterday we took the plunge.
Naptime was our first attempt. I think it went fairly well. She went from this....
in approx. 10 minutes.
We tried again for bed and got the same results (though it took about 15 minutes that time). She still wakes up, and we still have to pat her back to sleep, but she doesn't fight it. As long as we're sitting beside her and patting her back to sleep, she's good for a few more hours.
Will it last? That, my friends, is the million $$ question!