Well, I know you're all sitting around with baited breath, wondering how we slept last night (Or, at least Gretel is!)
It went WAY better than I expected. Remarkably well in fact!
We did the physical crib to bed transition with Griffin's "help," meaning he stole our tools and the screws, and we tried to take them back to put the bed back together. We got him very excited about his new bed. And then we played and played and played in his new room, wore him right out, put on his PJ's, gave him a nice bottle of warm milk....and parked him in front of his "Street" (Sesame Street) for a good 1/2 hour. I wanted to make sure he was TUCKERED. OUT.
There wasn't much of a fight on the way down, and what fight there was I could quell gently by "snuggling" with him, which is the nice way of saying holding him down. He did wake up at 3:30, mostly I think because he was soaking wet. (This kid pees like an elephant, I swear!) He went back to sleep with some more "snuggling," and slept until...wait for it...7:45am!!
All in all, I would say that the toddler bed was a remarkable success! I would also say that we likely haven't seen the end of it's challenges just yet (wait until nap time this afternoon!!)