Since we lowered the bed, Daphne has been able to get out of bed on her own. Every morning, I wake up before she does, and I go to my office to check and respond to emails and to post new content to the blog.
When Daphne wakes up, she calmly walks out and asks that I pick her up. As soon as I put her in my lap, she puts her head on my shoulder or on my chest, and she promptly sits there is a half-awake state.
I get to just hold on to her and put my cheek on her, and it is such a wonderful thing. I like being a mommy in the morning when I just get to snuggle with the baby.