Daughter was so excited when she saw her new mattress. She squealed with delight. I got a hug and she did a happy dance. I reminded her that it could go away again, and I could always bring back an air mattress. Last night she was excited when she went to bed. She was also concerned. I reminded her to go to the bathroom. "Shh! Don't jinx it!" I went to bed with a sense of foreboding, and lay there praying for a while before I could sleep. I resisted the temptation to go check on her, or wake her up to go the bathroom several times through the night. I didn't want this to become another power struggle, where she would have to prove I couldn't control her by wetting the bed.
She wet the bed. She's quite distressed and very apologetic. She told me to get rid of the mattress. "I knew I didn't deserve anything expensive." I pondered my response for a while. Finally, I went into her room and demanded that she look into my eyes. "Listen to me. You deserve to sleep on a good mattress, not an air mattress that is always losing its air and going flat. It's okay. We will make sure the mattress is protected today. It's going to be okay."
I bought an expensive mattress protector at the mattress store that is supposedly water proof. I was concerned last night because it only has waterproofing for the top of the mattress. I think today I will figure out a way to wrap protection around the side. It's called grace. I hope that it will help her get back on track.