When we visited family in Oregon this past summer, Sarah decided it was time to learn how to climb out of her Pack 'n Play portable crib one night. That put an end to her falling asleep in a crib unless she nursed to sleep. We returned home three weeks later and tried to put her to sleep in her own crib, and she promptly climbed/fell out of it, left the room, and came out into the hall.
After a night or two of sleeping on the floor, she finally decided the bed was a fun option after Mom made her a pillow of her very own-a "soft" as she called it. Victory!
That lasted for a week or so, and then she refused to go to sleep in her bed at all for a long time. Months.
She tried the rocking chair for a while.
For some reason, she liked to pile all of the books in the chair, read from some of them, then fall asleep amidst the books. Absorption of knowledge?
More Pooh chair/floor.
Pooh chair. For most of a couple of months, the Pooh chair was the preferred docking station.
How can someone sleep for 10-12 hours straight in that position?!
And another try at the rocking chair. Definitely more comfortable than the Pooh chair, but not Sarah's preferred choice most of the time.
Mommy keeps saying it's Daddy's fault, because he has sleep issues. And he can and does fall asleep anywhere, anytime. This is what Emily woke up to one morning recently.
Sarah still has naptime issues, frequently finding everything to do except nap (even though she's exceptionally tired) - cry, jump on the bed, read books, talk non-stop at the video camera, arrange objects in her room on the chairs or bed or floor, explore other bed options that aren't practical.....
In case you thought the battle was over, it isn't. Sometimes Sarah still decides it's time to be awake for the day - at midnight, at 2 a.m., or 4:30 a.m. We changed her lever door handle out for a round, harder-to-turn knob so she wouldn't escape in the middle of the night and wander around the house or fall down the stairs in the dark. She has learned to knock.
Sunday two hours prior to sunrise has been her favorite lately. 4:30 happens, Sarah knocks on the door and says, "Mommy's comin'," and out of bed we (usually Mommy) come to try to put her back to sleep. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes she ends up in our bed, and then Mommy doesn't get productive sleep for the next couple of hours while Sarah settles down and finally drifts off.
But she wakes up happy.
And she turns on both bedside lamps to signal that we aren't allowed to sleep anymore. Then she fishes around in the dresser and finds clothes for the parents. Finally, she literally pulls Mommy and Daddy out of bed.