So, I decided this week that I was going to bite the bullet and have my 3 year old and my 1 year old share a bedroom. We don’t have a big apartment, and I really wanted to be able to vacuum, watch a movie, hang out with my husband, or whatever else without having to keep every light off, every toe tipped and every lip zipped (Ooh! Do I feel a poem coming on?). For the longest time at the Jeon household, by 8 o’clock, virtually all activity had to stop because there was a baby sleeping in each room. (When am I supposed to stop referring to my son as baby?…..I’ll give it at least until he turns 4.)
The last few days have been pretty challenging! I knew going in that it would be quite an adjustment. I read some helpful articles, though, saying that we should hang in there and after a while, both kids will get used to the new sleeping arrangements and be able to sleep through each other’s wakings. My son still goes through periods of time where he will wake up once or twice at night wanting water or just wanting me to lie next to him. My daughter is the same except for the lying next to her part (I never got into that habit with her, so it doesn’t help her fall back to sleep like it does my son). So, put the two sometimes-sleeping-through-the-nighters together, and we have a recipe for about….half a peaceful night’s sleep.
This being the case, I know I should go down with them at 8 o’clock instead of staying up reading or writing or watching until 12 am, but sometimes the temptation for a little “me time” is so real.
The last two days, my daughter has been waking at 4:45 am and hasn’t been able to fall back to sleep. Joy. So I’ve been reliving that familiar exhaustion of the newborn days. I am hoping and praying that my little darlings will soon adjust and just go to sleep and STAY ASLEEP (until a humane hour of the morning I might add). Sigh. Child rearing. Nothing else like it!