So, kids. Let’s discuss kids. We have two. I am pregnant with one. We live in a three bedroom ranch that was marketed as a four bedroom, but the room in the basement doesn’t count because you can’t escape it if the place was on fire. Logistically, it’s three bedroom. Inevitably, we would have to combine the girls into one bedroom because I was going to make the smaller bedroom (nursery) into my office. Haha I’m so funny. Instead, it will be a nursery again. 🙂
We bought the girls bunkbeds when we were planning this all out because we had a crib that had been recalled and no need for another crib (hahaha fools we were). So, we got them bunkbeds. One was in one room, the other in the other. All set and cozy. With the pregnancy, it became apparent we would need to put the girls together in the same room a little quicker than we had planned. I was thinking we could give it a few years, but you know… again. Hahaha. When planning on when to make the move, we decided to do it now because: a) Shawn isn’t working, so he doesn’t need to worry about shifts and stuff, b) I’m off for break, so there’s that, c) Caelan is off of school until January 2nd, and d) I didn’t want to worry about throwing them together closer to the birth of the baby because too much change at one time can never be good. In all, it was decided that if a few shitty nights of sleep were coming, now would be the time to welcome them with open arms (and, let’s be honest, a sleep deprived Christmas season is what everyone really wants, no?).
Today was the day. The big moving day. My dad came up and helped us move the beds into one room. We decided not to bunk them quite yet because Caelan has a bit of anxiety (hahaha a BIT!?) about
everything various things, and one transition at a time is best for her. So, they are in the same room, perpendicular to each other in a way. At first, both parties were extremely excited. Until it came time to sleep in the beds for nap. Ellery cried and hollered for me for about half an hour before we just took her out of the room so Caelan could sleep. At bedtime, we kept the same routine as always with stories, prayers, etc. Ellery hollered for me for about 45 seconds and all is silent. We told Caelan that since they now share a room, she can’t be up a thousand times in the middle of the night, and since she isn’t alone in her room anymore, the hope is that this quells some of the anxiety she has at night. Also, she is going to earn bunking the beds sooner by being a big sister and staying in bed, not waking up her sister. As long as they both understand that this isn’t changing, and that until we move this will be how it is, they will be able to get along just fine.
We will see how this goes. It will be a process, I am sure. Ellery is a sleeper, Caelan is not so much. But, transitions bring change, and change isn’t bad when it means we get to start planning for a BABY in the nursery! Also, this is the first time in four and a half years that the nursery is unoccupied. It makes me want to put my computer in there and have an “office” for the next six months. 🙂
Any tips on getting kids to sleep in the same room? Any tried and true recommendations on keeping the peace? I welcome feedback!!