Friday, November 12, 2010

Big Boy Bed

The rumors are true. Tayden has moved from his crib into a big boy bed. Awesome!? Kind of... He is having a bit of a rough time with the transition. The first night he slept the whole night through and didn't have any problems. The second night did not go so smoothly and its been a downward spiral since then. He naps wonderfully in it during the day...its just at night that we are experiencing problems. The other night as I was getting more and more frustrated I prayed for a miracle. I didn't receive my miracle, so to speak, but I received some priceless inspiration. Have you heard the song, "Let Them Be Little"? It goes like this:

I can remember when you fit in the palm of my hand
Felt so good in it, no bigger than a minute
How it amazes me, you're changing with every blink
Faster than a flower blooms they grow up all too soon

So let them be little 'cause they're only that way for a while
Give them hope, give them praise, give them love every day
Let them cry, let them giggle, let them sleep in the middle
Oh just let them be little

I've never felt so much in one little tender touch
I live for those kisses, prayers and your wishes
Now that you're teaching me things only a child can see
Every night while we're on our knees all I ask is please

Let them be little 'cause they're only that way for a while
Give them hope, give them praise, give them love every day
Let them cry, let them giggle, let them sleep in the middle
Oh just let them be little

So innocent, a precious soul, you turn around
It's time to let them go

So let them be little 'cause they're only that way for a while
Give them hope, give them praise, give them love every day
Let them cry, let them giggle, let them sleep in the middle
Oh just let them be little

Let them be little


And then it struck me. My little boy is just that. Little. I need to enjoy him, all of him. He isn't going to be little forever and I need to charish those quiet minutes laying next to him in bed. The quite moments he lets me hold and snuggle him. The moments when I am the only thing that will make him feel better. These will soon be memories that I will long to relive, so I need to appreciate them now. When Tayden was a newborn I wanted nothing more than for him to grow up, and now there is absolutely nothing I can do to stop it. Don't be me wrong, I am so excited for that to happen, but it tugs at my heart a little to see my baby grow up to a little boy. I know this bed time stuff has been hard....for both of us....but this too shall pass. And I hope that when I look back on it, I won't have any regrets. I hope I can learn to cherish being a mom. Even the hard moments, because it is never going to happen again. I will never be able to raise Tayden again. I will never be able to take back my moments of frustration and anger. But, I can always be proud of my undying love and devotion to my children. Okay, this is turning into some what of a rampage that did not intent to happen. I guess all in all my inspiration is a miracle of sorts, because Tayden is my miracle...being his mom is my miracle and learning to raise him in a way that my Heavenly Father wants me to is a miracle.

Weekly challenge for everyone: Cherish the moments, because they are just that....moments that pass us by all to quickly.

*On a more serious note: Starting Monday, we are going to switch bedtime up a bit. I am going to start a new bedtime routine and follow the advice of 'super nanny'. You know the whole put your child back to bed without eye contact every time he gets out of bed routine. It should be fun! I'm dreading it a little bit, but I know it is what needs to be done. For both of our sakes. Any other words of advice?

( I just noticed the juxtaposition of this post and my thoughts. Love them being little, cherish the moments to super nanny mom. Ah, the joys and confusion of pregnancy!)



I can remember when you fit

3 comments:

Nick, Kelsey, Makoy, & Spud said...

K... let me just say, this post seriously just about made me cry! I even got the big lump in my throat and ok ok I might have had a couple of tears. You are one amazing woman Stacey Packard and I love ya! You are such a huge example to me. Thanks for this post. I definitely needed a reminder. Love ya lots!

Echo said...

Yep that is what we did with coda. When they get out pick them up and calmly lay them back down without any emotion. Do everything simple and calm without looking at him or talking to him. The first nigh with coda was about two hours....so don't give up. The second night was about forty-five minutes, and the last night was about fifteen minutes. All was well until he got sick and his daddy let him back in bed with us. But stay consistent and you'll be fine. Love ya!

The Collier 4 said...

The Super Nanny way works well. WE still find ourselves doing it and both kids have been in big beds for quite sometime. Such a great poem you are such an awesome person. When Tavon was little I would always just sit next to his bed until he went to sleep. That was nice quiet time for the both of us.