As parents, my husband and I are navigating life with a newly turned 2 year old. It seems like just when we seem to have a pretty good handle on one stage with her, our daughter moves onto the next. So far, most stages have been pretty similar, a few tweaks here and there. And then a scary new stage hit that we weren’t prepared for. A Big Girl Bed.
We had read several articles about when to transition your child into a toddler bed. Most of which had the same sentiment, if you feel comfortable leaving your child in their room by themselves overnight, then you can transition any time. We had a good long laugh about that, and commented that they clearly don’t know our daughter and what she is capable of…. (we sometimes affectionately refer to her as Hurricane Leah, as she can completely destroy a room in under 2 minutes).
We thought we had time, a long time, before we would move her into a toddler bed. And then it happened. She jumped out of her crib. And as history has proven, she only needs to do something once before she not only remembers it, but masters how to do it.
Prior to the jumping out of the bed, her sleep schedule had started to deteriorate. She suddenly wasn’t sleeping through the night and made for a cranky girl and parents. And then there we were, with no choice but to quickly change her bed to the next stage, fearing more sleepless nights with who else knows what!
After quickly Leah proofing her room (much more intense than baby proofing), we took the leap. Holding our breath, we watched her on the baby monitor after we left her in her big girl bed. Two seconds in, she got out of her bed. And….. Everything was okay. Actually everything was better than okay. Nothing was destroyed, she played happily for a bit… crawled back in her bed...got out and rocked herself on the rocker (Yes, it was beyond adorable) until she got sleepy then crawled back into her bed and slept the entire night.
|The little miss checking out her new "big girl bed" after we put the toddler rail on her crib.|
We thought we knew better, we thought she wasn’t ready, we were scared of the unknown, all of which kept us from all living happier.
It is amazing how this strangely mirrors my faith walk. How many times have I thought I knew what would be best, or thought I wasn’t ready to do something God asked me to do, or just scared of what was happening in my life.
And after being on the other side of all those situations, I see now clearly how God was orchestrating His big plan...and yes the outcome was more amazing than anything my brain could come up with.
So what are you scared of, or not ready for, or what is that plan you think is best for you? Maybe its time to let go and “transition to a toddler bed”. Will it be easy? Probably not, but the outcome could be more amazing than you could ever imagine!