April 26, 2010

The Big Split

We finally did it. After having eight boxes of bed parts sitting in our house, we finally got all the beds put together and split the girls in two rooms. (I use the term "we" to essentially mean Hubby because my sole job in the assembly was to order the beds). So, bye-bye cribs that converted to toddler beds. We definitely put you through the wringer... thank goodness none of you collapsed on us!


There's still some decorating to be done in the "white room." It has a Tinkerbell wall paper border, but I want to add some fairy decals, too.
The first night went better than I thought it would, but not a good as I had hoped. Everyone was out of bed at some point. Yes, it was to be expected. But after preschool I had them outside running around the neighborhood in hopes that I could wear them out. Unfortunately, the excitement was too much to let exhaustion stand in the way of a good 'ol slumber party.
Cakes and Tortilla are my best sleepers. I decided to keep them in the "purple room." They are often out shortly after lights out, so I felt it was only fair to room them together and let them finally get some uninterrupted sleep. They, of course, were out of bed and running around the first night. Since then, they have been conked out in record time.
Sue Sue and Roo are what I'll call my "night time troublemakers." They giggle. They make endless trips to the bathroom. They will even go around to their sleeping sisters and try to wake them up. I was apprehensive about rooming them together, but, in the end decided I would rather deal with one disruptive room than have them in separate rooms. The first night, they were both up until close to 10 p.m. (and up at the crack of dawn the next morning). The next night, Roo was my hold out. The following night was Sue Sue. I would be lying if I said I didn't expect this. Eventually they'll settle down (right?!)
I was adamant that the first night in the new rooms had to be a night Hubby didn't work. There was no way I was embarking on this big change by myself. I've now had a few nights of going it alone.... and I'll share my little tricks for that process tomorrow.

10 comments:

Christina said...

Yea I hear its rough the first couple days (weeks) but hopefully the rowdy 2 will settle for you soon. :)

Stephanie Barr said...

Sounds like you thought this out.

Angela said...

Wow! What a big acomplishment! My hat is off to you for braving this next chapter! I should look back on your posts to figure out how old they are now. I'm hoping to keep mine in their cribs until 4!:)

reanbean said...

The beds look great! There's always an adjustment period when you make a transition right? It sounds like you thought it all through very carefully though. Can't wait to hear the little tricks you've figured out.

My guys are just over two and I've started wondering when to switch them into toddler or twin beds. There's no rush for safety reasons- neither has attempted to climb out of the cribs. But because they share a room (and will for several more years), I'm just so nervous about them being able to get out of bed so easily. When did you switch from cribs to toddler beds?

Sarah said...

Congrats on the big room change!

Quadmama said...

I will say that this transition was soooooo much easier than the switch to toddler beds. It took just a few nights to get into this routine. The toddler bed one? Well, not to scare anyone, but it took about a month.

jungletwins said...

Wooohoooo! Very momentous event, and you handled it in style. Well done :)

Kisha said...

It must be in the air! When we bought our new house last summer, we put the girls into their own rooms, but they insisted on sleeping together. Now that our oldest is freshly five, and therefore all grown up (didn't you know?) she insisted on going back to her own room. Proud of the independence, but still a little sad. But everyone is sleeping SO much better, you are right about that!

MaryAnne said...

I wondered why you were rooming the troublemakers together, but it makes perfect sense now. I'm REALLY impressed you routinely put four kids to bed on your own!

Quadmama said...

For the longest time I thought I would be crazy to put the troublemakers together... then I realized it wouldn't be fair to the other two to STILL have their sleep interrupted.

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