When my 2-year-old climbed out of her crib a few months ago, we took off the “foot” side. Now she can get in or out safely on her own. However, it’s pretty clear that she’s old enough for a big girl bed.
We have a bed that’s a perfect size: the trundle bed in our 4-year-old’s room. One solution would be to move that trundle out of his room and into our daughter’s room. But that isn’t what’s been happening.
The two boys have their own rooms, but they’re Jack-and-Jill style (attached by a bathroom). They have the bathroom doors open and tend to move back and forth a lot, playing together after door-shut time in the evening. I haven’t really minded this. They usually come up with good ways to play together, there are no screens (so they read, draw, play with Legos, etc.), and they are out of my hair, entertaining each other.
My daughter isn’t stupid. She’s become aware that her brothers are playing together in their rooms while she’s over in hers alone. She does not stand for injustice (at least against her). There was only so long she was going to tolerate this. And in the past few days, she’s decided that she wants to join them, and sleep on the trundle bed while it’s in her brother’s room.
So we’ve let her. Transitions are never seamless with small kids, and that’s been the case with this one. She’s been so excited to be with her brothers that she’s been keeping them up well past 9:30. She is sometimes up after 10. This makes her crabby during the day.
On the other hand, transitions are temporary, and I suppose she’ll eventually settle down. It’s summer, and we aren’t doing camp this week, so no one has to be up at the crack of dawn. My husband and I were able to have breakfast and coffee together yesterday morning — alone — because the exhausted kids all slept until almost 8. There are downsides to having siblings close in age to you — my 4-year-old gets very little in the way of new clothes — but the upside is that life is a constant playdate. And I kind of like the idea of life being a constant slumber party too. If only it would end a little sooner.
Do your kids share rooms?
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While waiting for the kids to settle down last night, I started watching episodes of Extreme Weight Loss. That was something. I'm quite curious how "Melissa" lost 79 lbs in 90 days. You get the emotional commentary, but very little of the logistics — which I would have found more interesting.