It worked really well; we could even sneak in to go pee after she was asleep. I checked on her one night and was overcome with how sweet and peaceful she was, so I made my hubby take a picture of her. In the dark. With no flash.
I didn't really notice it when I was looking at her in the dark, but in the picture, the first thing that screams at me is that she is basically touching the sides of the pack and play with her head and her feet. My baby is getting too big for it. Fortunately, this picture is what finally convinced me that we need to move Cara to a toddler bed.
I have been agonizing over this decision (um, yeah and ahem) for a little while now, but I realized that we cannot keep making this child sleep in a pack and play when she is too tall for it. That's mean. And getting her out of the pack and play means getting her out of the crib.
So we bit the bullet. Took the plunge. Climbed the mountain.
Okay, it wasn't that dramatic. We just took the side off of the crib. Actually, very little changed except that CARA CAN ESCAPE NOW! But, you know, I always worry about how Cara will react to something and whether or not she's ready to handle something, and she almost always proves that I don't give her enough credit. She's been sleeping in her new bed since Sunday, and she has not escaped once. She climbs in for naps and bedtime all by herself and I cover her up and give her a kiss. And that's it.
There have only been two moments when I questioned the change. Cara fell out of the bed on the first or second night. Her daddy went to rescue her, and he said that she was sitting on the floor bewildered by her rude awakening, saying "Cara fall down." Her crib mattress is so low that I don't really think she can get hurt unless she falls out on her head. Which almost happened last night. When I went to check on her, she was laying sideways with her head hanging off the side of the bed. Perhaps that is dangerous?
So it seems that we have made it through the big girl bed transition unscathed. I hope potty training is this easy...