With Charlotte's new bedtime strategy (no rocking to sleep) I've lost the ability to cut her nails once she is asleep. One of us would rock her to sleep, second parent would then enter, turn on lights and cut all little fingernails and toenails. Last night I tried to sneak into her room after she was asleep in the crib but she woke up.
Today I tried something new - first I gave her a long bubble bath. After toweling off and getting dressed for bed I clipped her toenails - WHILE SHE WAS AWAKE! She did fine, then I cautiously picked up a hand that was clutching a pants leg, uncurled the fingers and clipped the softened nails one by one while piling lavish praise on her. I'm so astonished, she didn't yank her hands away, cry or get mad. I think my baby's growing up! Sob!!! Just last night I realized how much I loved rocking her to sleep. Sure there were nights when I'd be thinking sleep sleep sleep I got stuff to do but now that it's gone I'm sad. Oh well, there are two more babies coming along who will demand lots of rocking. Maybe I'd best enjoy 5-6 months of quick bedtimes and say thank you to Charlotte for weaning herself at 19 months.