Aidan’s room was in need of a major clean and revamp. I had to bite my lip, cry a little and part with things he’d outgrown. I listed some things on ebay, donated lots of toys to friends and have bags and bags of stuff waiting for the op shop to reopen. It took two full days to clear and clean his room. I even pulled down the wall decals as I wanted to start from scratch, a blank canvas for my new project.
I’d bought a new bed for Aidan but it would take a few days before we could go and pick it up… I wasn’t aware when I’d ripped his room to shreds. His toddler bed had to move into our room and it was torture as midway through the night he’d clamber up and squish in between us and kick and roll about. The toddler bed sold on ebay and is gone now, it was great but didn’t suit us as well as I thought it would.
His room isn’t finished, this was taken just after setting up his new bed. We decided on a King Single, we liked the length for a growing boy and it was wide enough for us to read a book in bed with him. It took weeks for me to decide on a bed, all the ones I liked were so expensive so I hit up ebay. I found a great local business who sell kids beds at wholesale prices and I couldn’t recommend them enough. Great communication (even though it was the holidays) and a quality product, we’re thrilled with it. We also bought a trundle which has a single bed in it but hadn’t put it together when this photo was taken. I’ll show you his finished room when I’m done.
So far the transition into his new bed has been awesome, we had one bad night but I put that down to the fact that he didn’t have a nap that day (we went to ikea) and was overtired. Here he is sleeping with his “potty dinosaur”, he’d gone all day with no nappy and no accidents and this was his reward but that’s a post for another day.
Normally when we put Aidan into bed we read to him until he falls asleep, he just likes to be with us and loves books so we never saw the harm. Since we got the new bed Steve and I have been so comfortable that we’ve been falling asleep with him in bed. We both knew it was a slippery slope so last night was the first night in a long time that Aidan went to sleep on his own. I explained several times that afternoon what would happen when he went to bed that night, he seemed fine with it. We tucked him in, read him a story or two, kissed him goodnight and left the room.
He whimpered for awhile, I went back in and explained to him again what was happening, said I loved him and left the room. He whimpered for a few more minutes then went to sleep. Tonight might be harder but Steve and I feel it’s the right thing for him and for us. He slept all night and woke at 7am bright, cheerful and happy. I wasn’t so bright or cheerful (I’m not a morning person) but I was happy… we were all finally starting to reap the benefits of all the hard work. I haven’t finished “dressing” the room but as soon as I have I’ll show it off, I promise.