I felt so bad for her! She kept whispering, "Lana, Lana" for Elaina and when she realized Elaina wasn't coming back downstairs for her she started to fervently whisper to me, "Downstairs, pwease, Mommy! Pwease!" She just didn't want to be left alone... and because her big sisters have shared a room she feels left out.
So I put her in the crib that night. It was too overwhelming for her. I decided to try naptime the next day (yesterday) and she was still upset and managed to get the door open AND come downstairs to find me so back up we went. Second time was a charm and she stayed in her room and the bed for her nap! I think it being daylight and not so dark helped put away some tension and fears about the new room. When she woke up she was SO proud of herself and excited.
Last night was Take 2 of putting her in the big bed for bedtime and she got upset a little but calmed down after maybe 2 minutes. For the past several months she had been throwing major fits at bedtime and would cry or yell for about 10-15 minutes. It didn't matter if I put her down awake or asleep. She just doesn't like being alone. It was hard on us all and I was hoping going to the new room and feeling like a big girl in the different bed would help... and it has!
First night in big girl bed - taken several minutes after she fell asleep!
Tonight was even better. She got in bed, got tucked in and stayed there, told me good-night and only got upet when I walked downstairs to grab my glass of water and paintbrush (I started baby boy's room tonight). By the time I was coming back up the stairs 30 seconds later she was quietly talking to herself to help her go to sleep.
I'm so proud of her! Surprisingly I'm not sad or emotional about it. I'm not that emotional anyway (didn't cry when Elaina went to school, didn't cry when cutting Abigail's hair for the first time, didn't cry when they were born, etc.). Or I guess I should say I respond differently than crying. I get excited and happy! I guess that's why my name is Joy. I'm excited for her to feel like such a big girl!
Those wondering - Zoë is 22-months-old. Elaina was even younger when she went to her big girl bed and I think Abigail was older.