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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Our new bedtime routine

If you could hear the noise coming from the big boys' room upstairs, you'd wonder why on earth I'm still sitting here calmly at the computer, sipping my tea. Thuds, crashes, slams, the occasional shriek. And here it is, almost TWO HOURS past bedtime.

What's going on up there? It's simple. About two weeks ago, I moved Bear into Monkey's room. Before that, Bear shared the room next door with Cub. Both of the littles were in cribs and slept happily unaware of each other. But, Bear is closing in on three and Cub needed the big crib, instead of the portable one that he had been in. So, it made sense that Cub gets his own room with the big crib, and the big boys share a room next door, each in his own car bed.

They fall asleep eventually, they really do. But, first, they have to come up with new and exciting ways to antagonize each other. Bear has his new-found freedom of no longer being caged in when he sleeps. Monkey is getting adjusted to having to share his room. Plus, they are dealing with each other in a parent-free environment. They are more alone with each other at night than at any other point during the day. Really, they need to learn to be together without a referee.

It's getting better; there's been less noise and it's taking less time for them to fall asleep each night. There's always the option of moving one of them to a bedroom on the third floor and just rearranging things a little bit up there- moving the things from their toy room in with the things in the storage room, freeing up a room for one of them up there. But, blame reading far too many books or watching far too many movies, I can't help but think that it's like putting the crazy relative up in the attic...and which one of them do I want to damage by attaching that label to?

But, I think they'll adjust before it comes to that.

Listen! It's quiet up there now. They've fallen asleep.

Either that or one of them has knocked the other unconscious.
Maybe I better go check.


Blogger Momma Bear said...

oh boy this is how my life is going to be soon!

My kids ages are close to yours and I'm excited to start reading your blog and seeing how someone else lives with the 3 babes 4 and under (my 3 year old will be 4 on 3/20.)
Take Care!

February 1, 2009 at 12:18 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

I totally get this. We moved our 20 month old and 3.5 year old in together in anticipation of their new brother. For weeks we would find the younger one in the oddest places - behind the door, in the middle of the floor, or her favorite, under her brother's bed. She'd been out of the crib for about 2 months (because she figured out how to get out - yikes), so it wasn't just a newfound-freedom thing. It's been about 2 months since the move and we still occasionally find them upstairs shrieking at each other, usually with her JUMPING on her bed. I wonder what will happen first - me going nuts or her in the ER for stitches?

February 2, 2009 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger Shell said...

Mama Bear, I checked out your blog and our kids are very close in age!

Heidi, I wonder about the stitches, too, and was just about to post pics of how I found Bear napping this afternoon.

February 2, 2009 at 4:50 PM  

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