I am spending this week transferring my six month old from our room to her crib at night. She’s been spending daytime naps there since she was born, but at night I like having her close to me. The transition has been hard on both of us, I must say. She is, of course, upset that she isn’t right next to me now, and I am sad to see her go. While I know that we will both be better off in the long run, the transition is a difficult one.
As I spoke softly to her last night, sometime between the hours of 12 and 5 (they are all a blur nowadays), I started thinking about how hard and scary change can be, and yet how wonderful it often is for us. When my husband got transferred to Los Angeles, I was terrified. All I had read about the big city was negative. Then I got here and we fell in love with its culture, arts, scenery, and people. Who knew that five years later we’d look at each other and say, “We love it here!”
When I opened my business, I was terrified. I spent money on items that I needed, such as a business license and business cards and advertising materials, and I was so scared at each step that I might lose everything I had invested if I didn’t get enough clients. Yet the business has opened more doors for me than anything, and it has changed the course of my professional life.
My daughter doesn’t want to sleep in her crib at night, in her own big room. Yet I know that when she finally gets to sleep and feels comfortable doing so in her bed, she’ll sleep more soundly than she does when she is sleeping next to me. Maybe she’ll sleep through the night! And when she is doing this, we plan to move her into my older daughter’s room so that they can spend their younger years bunking together. My three year old is dying for bunk beds. If my youngest knew that she would be rooming with her big sister I know she’d be more eager to make this transition. For now, though, I’ll continue to pat her back and tell her its okay, just as I will keep that motto in mind as I spend more on advertising in the upcoming months in order to meet the long term goal that I have set out for myself (if you are interested in writing and meeting some goals in your business or professional life, check out my site Today’s BusinessMom, as this is our focus during the upcoming months).
Yes, change is scary, little one; but the possibilities are endless.