Thursday, February 11, 2016
So, as many parents have probably learned (as we have), when a baby grows into a toddler and learns to do new things, it's both a blessing and a curse. When our girl started sleeping in a toddler bed, it was great. She was learning new things and gaining more independence.
It also meant she could just get up out of bed whenever she darn well pleased. And she did just that. If she woke up in the middle of the night, she came out of the room. If she woke up at 5 in the morning, she came out of the room. And any attempts to tell her she had to go back to bed were usually met with screams of indignation.
But then we got this cool owl from my awesome friend April. She is seriously awesome and always picks out amazing gifts for my kids. This was a Christmas present. My little girl thought it was super cool because it was an owl. We thought it was super-cool because it is designed to help our girl understand about appropriate times to get up. And okay, so she stopped thinking it was as cool for a while once she started realizing what it was for...
But now she loves it.
If she wakes up and gets out of bed before 7, we take her back to bed and say "Let's see what owl says!" If it's not 7, he stays orange and tells her to go back to sleep. She doesn't scream at the owl, by the way. She crawls back in bed without issue, we sing a verse of I Am a Child of God, and she goes back to sleep. It's amazing.
And when she wakes up after 7... Well, the owl is lit-up green. And she comes out excitedly and says "Mommy! Owl turned green!"
Seriously, a genius, whoever came up with this.