The transition from babyhood to toddlerhood is a tricky one to measure. Elvie has been displaying more toddler traits and acting less like a baby, but we still call her the baby, and sometimes even use it as her nickname. She is starting to grow up and lose some of her baby chub, she has a ton of teeth coming in, and she’s started expressing her opinions more forcefully. But there is one thing that she has started to do, which she has never done before, that indicates to me that she is definitely a toddler.
I have rocked Elvie to sleep since we were able to be at home to use the rocking chair, and even when we are away from home, I will do my best to improvise even if a rocking chair isn’t available. With her blanket, pacifier, and special lamb at the ready, she has always snuggled right in for rocking. Even if she wasn’t ready to go to sleep, she wanted to be close and cozy.
Elvie has discovered that there are things that she could be doing instead of sleeping. She knows that she is strong, and she has figured out how to turn herself around to slide off my lap. Now, nearly every nap and night, she resists being snuggled and rocked by trying to flip herself over in my arms and slide down to do a little more playing and exploring. She is not interested in snuggling right now; there is too much to see and do and learn.
I am a little bit sad that the days of easy rocking are over, that my snuggly baby has become a wriggly toddler. At the same time, I know that her natural drive to explore and do more means that she is moving ahead developmentally, and for that I am so grateful. It may be a bit of a battle to get her to settle down, but in the end, she does snuggle up to me and let sleep take over. Now I just have to snuggle her extra after she’s asleep to get my fill. I know that the days of rocking her to sleep are numbered, so I will continue to enjoy this time with her for as long as I can, however I can make it happen.