Three bedrooms upstairs and one downstairs poses a problem. Declan is certainly not old enough to move downstairs, but we needed an empty room for Nathan to do some sleep training. So one morning on the way to school I talked to the kids about it. I explained that we needed to teach Nathan how to sleep and that he would probably cry a lot, so we needed either Declan to sleep in Lexi's room or vice versa. Lexi immediately stated that "Declan's room is not pretty enough for her to sleep in, so he should sleep in hers." Declan absent mindedly agreed. That little conversation is a perfect illustration of each of their personalities to a T. It makes me chuckle just writing about it. Anyway, about little over a week ago we moved Declan into Lexi's room (so glad they both have bunk beds) and Nathan's crib into Declan's room. Which, coincidentally works out nicely, since eventually the boys will be sharing a room and Declan's room is the bigger of the two. The room switch has been great in that Declan has recently been going through a scared phase - waking up at least once a night frightened and having the hardest time falling asleep at night. Bunking with Lexi has stopped the middle of the night wake ups, although falling asleep is till a bit of a challenge - not because he is afraid of monsters but because the two of them play for awhile. Whatever. I'll take it. We let them whisper and giggle for about thirty minutes before we bring down the hammer. In all honesty its kind of cute. And, as long as we are being honest - some nights it isn't. Like tonight. Go to sleep already little ones!
Onto Nathan's progress. I thought the fact that he was in our room was part of his sleeping problem. It was the whole problem. The first night sleeping in Declan's room was a little rough for him, but not as bad as I thought. The second night he woke up once. Within a week he was sleeping through the night. And when I say through the night, I mean 7pm-8am. Boo-ya. 13 hours of uninterrupted sleep. We should have booted him a long time ago. He's even napping better. No waking baby. No waking 6 year old. Between a good night's rest and my new clothes, I feel like a whole other person from a few weeks ago. ☺
I do feel a little bad for Declan who is kind of displaced right now. A few times he has asked to go back to his room, but he is too scared to sleep with the door closed. Eventually we'll work it all out and he'll be back in his room, but for now I'm not chancing the great thing we have going here - sleep. Sleep. SLEEP. Such a beautiful thing.
Here's our baby, sleeping like a baby
Here he is in his new digs - aka the boys room. Post nap, and not to happy that I'm snapping away instead of picking him up.
I thought the crib would overwhelm the room, but surprisingly there is plenty of floor space to play and build train tracks, legos, or whatever the chosen toy is of the day.
And these two. One night I went up to hush them and demand they go to bed, when I found a "star party" going on. Just one of many night time shenanigans. I choose my battles. I'll take a star party over a crying baby any day of the week, Heck, I'll even join the star party.