After a few weeks of Sophie waking up in the middle of the night crying, and after we finally decided to nip the new habit in the bud by simply ignoring her, the crying in the middle of the night ceased.
A few days after it stopped, however, Sophie got smart. She realized, after all of this time, that she didn’t need to wake up bawling in order to get attention. Her new M.O. is to wake up in the middle of the night and pay us a visit in our bed. And fall asleep in our bed.
This was fine for the first couple of days, as she tended to wake up close to the morning hours. But she has since discovered that she can join us even earlier at night – and yesterday fell asleep between us at around 1 AM.
Obviously, this new development is UNACCEPTABLE. I love Sophie very much. But our bed is not big, and she’s not particularly small anymore. And she moves around constantly. And wakes us up by slamming her feet into our faces. My back is killing me.
Tonight is the night we’re going to put an end to these shenanigans. There will certainly be lots of tears. But I don’t care. Sophie has a lovely bed and a lovely mattress that are not getting enough use. We don’t believe in co-sleeping – at least not with 3-year olds. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.