Monday, May 18, 2009

Adventures in Room-Sharing

Saturday was day one of the boys' room-sharing. Well, not really day one, but night one, I suppose. The evening was tense for me and I think for Mike as well, but the boys did settle within about an hour. That is not too bad, actually. I still went to bed in fear and trembling, but somehow they made it through the first night without waking up. I cannot say the same for the next morning. They were both talking by 6:30 a.m., so that was a little rough, but still, I will take it. Better that than up in the middle of the night, right? Which brings me to the update on the second night.

Hm. Well, last night did not go as well. Both boys were settled before 8:30 p.m., so that was quite good. Cody comes out quite a bit to ask us for things or just to stall in general, which he has not been doing recently until they started sharing a room. It is a pain, but the worst part about it is that every time he leaves his room, Jamie starts crying again. It is frustrating. Last night, Cody settled before Jamie did, and even when Mike changed Jamie's diaper and put him back to bed, Cody did not wake up. Jamie was crying pretty loud, so that is a good sign. Not that I should be surprised that Cody could sleep through that, as he sleeps like a hibernating bear once he falls asleep.

The problems started in the middle of the night. I think I mentioned the special night light that we got for the boys, but just in case I didn't, it's a ladybug that glows either red, blue or green and projects stars and the moon onto the ceiling and walls. On the first night, the light did not work well because it was simply to bright in their room when they went to bed. Last night I took great pains to hang an extra bed sheet (a dark one), around the edges of the blinds in their room so that it was really dark in there. It worked. The ladybug made a very cool atmosphere in there with stars all over the room. The issue is that the ladybug shuts off automatically after 45 minutes, to save the batteries. A brilliant idea, but I wondered what might happen if Cody woke up in the middle of the night one night to find it pitch black in there. He has been quite dependent on his night light in recent months, so I thought this could become an issue. It turns out, I was right. Last night at almost 4:30 a.m. we heard his voice in the monitor very loudly protesting that it was dark in the room and he could not see. I had to run in there to silence him before he would wake Jamie up. I nearly killed myself tripping on all the obstacles between my bed and the hall, and when I got there and peered into the room, I could see the shape of Jamie's head at the end of the crib, peeking over the side. Great. He was already awake. I went in the room and settled Cody, and turned the ladybug back on. He was happy then, but Jamie waited expectantly for me to come and pick him up. I hugged him, but did not pick him up. He freaked out. I gritted my teeth and left the room, closing the door behind me. Jamie wailed and wailed. After a couple of minutes, he did stop, and I was relieved. Not for long though. Cody then started talking and playing. Then I knew we were in trouble. Soon, they were both conversing and clearly having a wonderful time in their starry wonderland. We were not having as splendid a time in our plain old boring room. There was laughter, shouting, squealing, thumping, talking...oh boy. It just went on and on. It was a good hour before there was silence once again, and we could finally go back to sleep. Well, I say "we", but I'm guessing Mike was already asleep. I was not. Bad enough that I had already been up literally every 2 hours to go to the bathroom, but it would have been nice to have slept between potty breaks.

That was day two of the shared room saga. Yikes. I do not look forward to another night tonight. The good news is, it was almost 9 a.m. before they both woke up this morning. I attribute that at least in part to how dark it is in their room now, with the bed sheet in there. Cody is very grouchy today, but we cannot let him nap or he will be up all evening, which will keep Jamie up all evening crying. I'm guessing this transition will take at least a month before bedtime starts to go smoothly once again. Oh boy. I hope it does not take all the way until the baby comes. I don't know whether I could take that.

I think that's it for today. I am tired, and I am considering going to hide out in my room for a while. Cody is watching a show and Jamie is sleeping. Mike is working in the basement, which is a good thing. This might be my big chance to go lie down. Hopefully I won't have too many dramatic updates in the future about this bedroom situation. I am thankful that Cody seems to be happy to have Jamie in there. I think it is going to work out well, once they get into their routine. Phew. Bye for now.

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