A Pillow and Duvet…The Ordinary Moments


When Alice was twenty months old it felt like the right time to move her out of her cot and into a big girl bed. She was ready and it all went surprisingly well. She took to it straight away and we never had any trouble keeping her in it. In fact I am convinced that for a long time she didn’t realise that she could get out by herself and would call for us in the morning.

Holly is now twenty there months old and there is no way that she is going into a bed yet. She is not ready and I am not ready. Holly is a different character to Alice and I just know she would be out within seconds of getting in a bed. Plus she is my last baby and I want to hang onto these moments for as long as I can. It pulls at my heart strings to even think about a time when we will have a house without a cot in it, that my babies will have grown up. I’m just not ready for that.

It was time though for Holly to move to having a pillow and a duvet. A few weeks ago when we had a brief period of hot weather, we didn’t put her Holly in her sleeping bag. She would say to us ‘hot, hot’, which was fair enough, it was hot. Holly also has the hottest room in our house.

At the moment the sun seems to have gone on strike and the evenings are not hot. But, Holly just doesn’t want to go in her sleeping bag and still says ‘hot, hot’ to us even though its not hot! I started to worry that she might get chilly in the middle of the night.

I brought a cot bed duvet and pillow, along with a peppa pig duvet cover. To begin with it was Alice that was excited about it because she knew what it was. It wasn’t until Holly saw it in her cot that she immediately jumped up and down shouting ‘me in’.

It was a hit! She loved it and she didn’t want to get out. We normally do story time on Alice’s bed all together, but as Holly wouldn’t get out of her cot we had to do the story in her room.

Of course Alice didn’t want to be left out and dragged her pillow and duvet into Holly’s room and made a little bed next to the cot. They did look really cute lying there together. It was like a little look into my future, with the girls having sleepover in their rooms.

But, as I stood there looking at my baby girl all snuggled up in the duvet, with her little head laying on the pillow it made me feel so emotional. My baby days really are coming to an end and we are about to start a new chapter in the story of motherhood. One that I am not sure I am ready for…

Laura x

Joining Katie at Mummy Daddy Me for The Ordinary Moments

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  1. August 7, 2016 / 09:38

    Aw bless her, she looks so cozy! We did it the other way around with Lia, she went into a bed while she was still in her sleeping bag, then we got her a duvet. She is also a different character to her sister – always into mischief – but I’ve been surprised at how well she stays in her big bed.
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  2. August 8, 2016 / 08:39

    Oh my goodness – this is just how I feel. My youngest daughter (20mth) still has her nighttime milk in a bottle even though she’s totally fine using a plastic beaker these days. She doesn’t really drink enough during the day but always drains her bottle at night so I’m reluctant to put it into a cup for her at nighttime. But, if I’m honest, it’s also because I don’t want her to grow up too much. As you say – the end of the baby phase! #MarvMondays
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  3. August 9, 2016 / 22:38

    She definitely looks lovely and snug in there bless her. And I completely know what you mean about not wanting to get rid of the cot, i know I am going to be like that this time too! It’s far too big a milestone to not have a cot in the house. x

  4. August 12, 2016 / 19:33

    Ooooh I tersting my eldest has just turned two and I can’t contemplate putting her in a bed or a duvet.. She sleeps like a lunatic though and travels the whole length and breadth of the cot throughout the night. But I guess I am in no rush, I quite like e security of her cot, as like your second, she would without be out and about of the bed at the first opportunity it’s xx #marvmondays
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  5. August 27, 2016 / 22:11

    Such a lovely post. All these little milestones.. I completely know what you mean about not rushing things the second time round with your last baby. I feel exactly the same trying to savour these special moments for the last time. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Emily

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