I have been considering having our two little mites share a room for several months now.
We live in a two bedroom condo and currently our 4-1/2 yo sleeps in our room with us. She’s in her own bed, but we have her bunk with us because she sleeps through the night whereas the Little Dude at 19 months, still wakes every so often, making for a disturbed sleep for Daddy, who has to get up early for work in the morning.
Last week Daddy went away for work and I decided that this would be a fabulous opportunity for Operation Bedroom Swap!
The kids would take over the Master Bedroom as it was large enough to accommodate the crib, our daughter’s bed, the change table/ dresser, the night stand, the wee man’s dresser and still have room to move.
The second bedroom barely contained our queen-sized bed, but I was cool with this as we only used our room for sleeping, not entertaining.
So after 2-1/2 hours of taking two beds apart, swapping the furniture between the two rooms, keeping the lad from getting squashed by the queen-sized mattress, retrieving the screwdriver from his hands several times, stopping for lunch, putting a massive gauge in the hardwood floor and the general refereeing needed to keep the spawn from hurting each other (too badly), I managed to get the rooms set up and ready just in time for nighty night time.
The kids LOVED the new set up and I thought it was pretty cool too.
We did our bedtime routine as normal, Little Dude got his bottle, teeth brushed and was tucked in. The little lady then did her usual, had her cup of milk, brushed her teeth, we read a bedtime story (in Mum & Dad’s bed), went potty and quietly tucked her in.
Within 5 minutes, I hear, “Mama, I need a drink of water!” being yelled from the kids room!
I quickly pop in there with her water and tuck her back in, but as I’m making a quick get-away, I hear a giggle come from Little Dudes crib! BLARGH! I lay him back down, turn on his mobile and Sleep Sheep and hope that he settles back down.
Nope! He sees his sister across the room and proceeds to toss his bears and soother at her. She gets up and gives them back, but this creates a new bedtime game, so he tosses them at her again, so of course, she gives them back. This goes on for 5 minutes and I decide that she needs to come lay in my bed until Mr. Playtime falls back to sleep.
Normally, she wants to lay and possibly sleep in our bed, but tonight she insisted on being in her own bed and started acting up. I waited about 10 minutes and we snuck her back into her bed.
We managed to get through the night, so I figured I’d give another night a go.
Ugh! Night 2 was worse! The lad was up several times, woke his sister, they couldn’t get back to sleep, which made for a crappy next day.
Operation Bedroom Swap Reversal was inevitable and done very quickly just in time for afternoon nap.
If we stay living in our current dwelling for a few more years, the kids will eventually share a room. But…it won’t be until the boy is at least 2-1/2yo.
Do your kids share a room? How was the transition?