Room Sharing Update.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

You might remember my plea for suggestions on room sharing a few months ago:
I figured it was time for an update on the situation.

I spent a lot of time debating, talking about, researching and thinking about what to do.
I wanted Z out of our room, so that when Max came home, we'd have our own space.
But I didn't want to disrupt either one of the kids sleep schedules.
And with having to feed Z at least once a night, I knew the potential for waking L up.

About a week before Max came home, I got the impulse to just TRY having them sleep in the same room.
So one night, I fed Z, put him to bed and then layed L down.
They both went to sleep.
In their own room.
It was glorious.
I could be in our room.
With the light on.
And not have to tiptoe around.

But the moment of truth didn't come until Z woke up around 0200 that night.
Would L go back to sleep?
Would she make a big fuss?
He stirred, I went into their room, got him up, changed him and fed him.
L opened her eyes, but once she saw it was just Z and I, she went right back to sleep!
Yay!  I was so proud!!

At this point, they have been sharing a room for almost two months!
And are still doing great. 
There have been a few times where one or the other have been crying a LOT.
And do you know what? 
The other typically just sleeps right through it!
Makes me one proud mama!

Our routine is to put them both to bed at night.
Once Z wakes up to eat (usually around 0300), Max gets up and brings him to me.
I feed him and then lay him back down in the pack-n-play.
Which is still in our room.
This is mostly so that if he wakes up again at 0600 or 0700 to eat, that he won't wake L up too early.
I like it when she sleeps until 0730, ha ha!

There have even been a few times where we can hear them "talking" at night.
It's way too cute.
A couple of weeks ago, Max and I had come downstairs after putting them to bed.
And all of a sudden, we heard Z making his "dinosaur" noises.
L would "reply" in said noises.
Back and forth they went.
Until finally one gave into sleep and then the other.
Made us both smile.

It's been great - this room sharing.
They have done marvelously.
And it really is fantastic to have our room back!

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  1. Awhhh, that is too cute, and super great for you and Max!

  2. That's awesome. I'm glad it's working out.

    how cute dinosaur noises!!

  3. I remember those days. Elle and Gabe will still play together in the mornings, and in the evenings. Unfortunately, the outcome isn't as innocent and cute anymore. LOL!

  4. Hooray for room sharing!!! I'm glad it worked!



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