Well, night number one is down in the books. Our girls slept in the same room last night.
The kids, my husband and I all survived!
Winter, who just turned 11 months old (today) has been rooming in our master bedroom but she finally got the big evicted notice! Quite frankly I’ve been ready to have my room back. No more tip-toeing around, whispering to my husband, or using my phone light to try to find things at night. The most frustrating part of room sharing with her was that every morning when my husband got up for work, which is pretty darn early, he’d end up waking her up which meant I was up for the day as well – boo!
So yesterday out of the blue, I asked Paisley (2.5 years old) if she wanted to share a room with her sissy and I got an excited “yes!” She even helped her daddy move the crib!
How did we do it, you may ask?
Step 1. Tidy up, secure dressers and rearrange the room to accommodate a bed and crib.
Step 2. If you’re a paranoid mama like me, install a video baby monitor aimed down at the crib.
Step 3. Wait for bed time. This step was particularly difficult because for some reason Paisley was crazy last night. Running, jumping, yelling! Could’ve been the candy cane her and her sister shared after lunch. I don’t think they’re used to the sugar but Santa himself gave it to them so, how can you really say no?
Step 4. When they finally chill out, lay down your dear toddler and baby.
At this point, things seemed pretty promising for us but the second that we closed the door, cries rang out. Winter was crying because she wasn’t ready for bed and Paisley was crying out, “baby’s crying!!!”
Step 5. Sit on the couch and cry-laugh hysterically with your husband because for some reason you thought this was a good idea.
Step 6. Honestly, I’m going to stop the “steps” right here because we totally just winged it. This is something that is totally case by case and will vary depending on each family.
We laid our toddler down first like we always do. Then, I took Winter out into the living room, nursed her to sleep and then I laid her down in her crib which was also following the nightly routine.
THAT’S IT. We just stuck to our normal schedule and laid them down at separate times so they couldn’t scream and cry together.
Baby Winter woke up once during the night for milkies, Paisley slept right through it and I was able to lay the babe down again until morning!
Honestly, night #1 was smooth sailing and all I have to say is that I really hope it continues like this. Wish us luck! And if you’re reading this because you’re considering having your children room share, good luck to you too!
If you have room sharing kids, share your experience in the comments below. Tips and advice are more than welcomed!