For the last several weeks I’ve had this slight nudging to take the big comfy chair out of Kai’s room and replace it with a space of his own. This chair has been in his nursery since he was born and has soothed us both during late night nursing and sick days. I love this chair, but lately Kai has been putting himself to sleep as well as needing less time to snuggle.
Sometimes as parents we want to hold tightly with the excuse that we know what’s best… and as much as I cling to that I knew that it was time for a change. Kai has always had an independent spunk to him and I’ve had to learn to be okay with letting him spread his wings despite my motherly fears.
So with the help of my sister and a few items she had kept from her boys, I replaced the chair with a table and a small reading chair for him.
Last night we colored (his new favorite thing) and did a few puzzles before bedtime. Of course we still read a story and went to the potty!! Because if your toddler initiates using the potty you celebrate any chance you get ha! But the space is perfect for him and so much better used than my favorite chair.
As I continue to watch him grow I’m constantly walking the tight rope of watching him spread his wings and be his safety net, but I don’t want to miss these transitions and help him embrace healthy change. So as I celebrate his new space and this next phase of toddlerhood – I hope you enjoy whatever stage you’re in with your little and are encouraged to walk with me side by side… cause this parenting thing is tough!