Last night was Ellie’s last night in our room.
Since we only have two bedrooms, she’s been bunking with us since she was born – first in a bassinet in the corner of our room, then in a playpen in our walk-in closet.
She’s never been a great sleeper. She’s slept through the night a handful of times – and by “sleeping through the night” I mean she wakes up crying two or three times but is able to console herself in a reasonable amount of time, so I don’t actually have to get out of bed.
Last night was the worst. Nathan put her to bed at 7:00 pm like usual, and she woke up crying at 10:30, like usual. I gave her a bottle and she was content – but as soon as I tried to put her back down in her bed, she started sobbing inconsolably. I was going to give her a few minutes to see if she would settle on her own (she usually does!) but the lovely man who lives below us started swearing and pounding on the ceiling, so I picked her back up to calm her down. The joys of condo living … When she was almost asleep, I tried to put her down again, with the same result. She ended up sleeping between Nathan and I, and by “between”, I mean most of the night she was sleeping horizontally and Nathan and I were practically falling out of bed. Good times. She’s not as restless a sleeper as her brother, but she tosses and turns and moans and at one point she even started clapping in her sleep.
I think I might have slept for about 20 minutes in total last night. It was awful.
So this morning I decided that it’s time to move Ellie into the crib! Maybe it’s time for her to have a bigger space? The crib has been set up since she was three months old, and she naps in there when I can come up with something to entertain Topher quietly for an hour or two. Naps are fine, but when we’ve tried to transition her to the crib at night in the past, she wakes Topher up, since she’s still up a few times during the night. A tired Topher is a grumpy Topher, and Mama ain’t got no time for that! So this weekend Topher is going to be sleeping in our bed, Ellie is going to be in the crib in the kids’ room, and Nathan and I will most likely be sleeping on the couch.
The things we do for a good night’s sleep …
If you have any experience with kids sharing a room – in particular, a one-year-old and a preschooler! – I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to hear from you! I have no idea how to get Ellie to sleep through the night (Topher spoiled us by sleeping from 7 to 7 consistently from three months!) – and although I don’t mind giving up my bed for a couple of nights, I have no intention of sleeping on the couch long term.