I'm elated that Ashi has started going to bed all by herself. Now, before you get jealous, please know that I have spent over 6 years going to bed with her at night, every night, without fail.
Rather than risk complications of meds or battle rigid night-time routine and clocks, I decided to just go to bed with her. Simple, right? I became her personal teddy bear with a heartbeat.
All those years ago, it took forever for her to nod off and I'd dare baaarely move to sneak out! Most mornings the cricks in my neck let me know that once again I had slept all night with her.
But, over the years, she drifted to sleep faster and faster and finally, at age 9, she's been telling me she's tired and ready for bed, even if I can't join her. I almost have to pinch myself to make sure it's real!
|Ashi and Izaiah, 3 years ago.|
Today, Ashi would be 9 whether or not I helped her through those tough years. And, true, she might be sleeping by herself now whether or not I had been there. But instead of 6 years of strife, she has 6 years of joyful memories and I believe she has come face to face with what the true love of a Mommy looks like.
And, so have I. By giving up my own 'private time', I've gained the whole world. And Ashi's new achievement is much more touching after being a part of the solution.
It's also very timely, because, like clockwork, my 3 year old is now needing me to tend to his sleep issues. Here we go again. A Mommy's work is never done!
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