The first night my daughter said she doesn’t need my help getting her to sleep any more.

(Ignore the marker all over her hands and eye lids. ๐Ÿ˜)

โ€‹I’m not 100% sure I’m ready for this,  but my daughter said today that she is ready to start putting herself to sleep. ๐Ÿ’” Except for 2 times in her life, we’ve always put her to sleep, meaning we stay with her until she’s asleep. She is 4 and a 1/2. I know some kids begin doing this in infancy,  but my sweet A. is and has always been a cuddle bug. Of course, there have been many occassions where I  had wished she would put her self to sleep after a long day, but deep down my heart couldn’t ever take it. 

Yet, here we are. April 4th, 2017. The night my daughter grew a little more. The night she became that much more of a big girl. That much more independent.  It didn’t take tears on her part.  She knows she is loved beyond measure. She feels safe enough to fall asleep alone in her room across the hall from mine,  as I nurse her brother to sleep for what could in itself be one of the last times as we wean. 

I wanted her to have a special doll to go to sleep with,  after she mentioned she wanted to put herself to sleep. We were up early anyway since I failed to remember there was no preschool due to Spring Break. We went to Target and she picked out a red head Our Generation doll. I also let her have a bed to tuck her baby in to because I think roll playing is always very helpful. 

Tonight, we got A & G ready for bed and the doll. We tucked her in,  read her a story and then let her listen to the Trolls soundtrack. 5 minutes later, she was asleep you guys. Snoring, sleeping soundly,  didn’t even flinch when I took the headphones off of her head.  She did it. She made the decision on her own that it was time and it was the smoothest thing,  ever. 

I’m so proud of her. Sure, I’m incredibly sad that the time seems to fly by and shes growing up so quickly, but I can’t help just feeling like my heart could burst with pride.

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