I don’t profess to know anything about parenting. I basically go with the flow, do what feels right, and rely on Google for everything else. As we prepare for Ellen’s arrival, we’re doing our best to prep Cooper. We’ve read books about new babies and my parents brought him a little redheaded baby doll (Wishful thinking? I hope not.). Still, I think the whole thing is going to be kind of a shock, I mean he holds the baby up to his ear like a phone and tries to talk into it. I’m nervous about how those first weeks (or months) of transition will go with everyone trying to get used to each other and want to do what I can to minimize the amount of change going on at that time. We chose one thing we wanted Cooper to have mastered before the baby came and after only two days we think he’s got the hang of it. No it wasn’t potty training (Ha, I didn’t even feel like trying that.) or weaning him of his pacifier (Although we have gotten him down to just using it when he sleeps.), but it was getting him into a “big boy” bed.
We tried to keep it as “crib-like” as possible to avoid any potential trauma (expert parenting skills kicking in here). To accomplish this we’re having him continue to use his blankets instead of sheets and a comforter (Yes, we are the kind of people that let our small children sleep with killer blankets!) and we walled him in on three sides with the help of a bed rail one of Noel’s co-workers kindly gave us. Cooper loves being able to climb in and out of his bed with the aid of his little stool, but has been really good about staying there when it’s time to sleep. We’ve only had one incidence of him wandering into our room and climbing into bed at 4am, but simply shutting his door was enough of a deterrent to keep him from trying it again. Fingers crossed we continue to all sleep peacefully.