This sounds like the most perfect date night for me.
A little over a week ago, I changed the baby beds into toddler beds. At the time, I really felt it was best. The kids were climbing in and out of them, jumping from them onto pillows and fluffy blankets, and really just using the beds as a cage for their toys. So, I just made the decision to change them... at the same time. I really felt this would be easy.
The first few nights, Red would get up about 7-10 times (why? sometimes just to say, "hi", sometimes to say, "goodnight" again, sometimes to giggle, and then maybe to pee. Night one, I thought okay, this is going to be a long process (I had no idea).
The Bear on the other hand, got up only a few times and was done.
Well in about 10 days, only 3 times have the children slept through the whole night without getting up! It has been glorious, we just wish it could be more frequent.
Each night, Aron and I fall asleep, 1-3 Red bounces in and then about 10 minutes after that here comes the Bear.
It has made for some long nights and some crazy tantrums from me (yes, me). I have suffered from a few breakdowns... freak outs... whatev.
Here we have both monkeys in the bed. This is after a nights rest. They look so happy, why wouldn't they want to feel like this every morning??
So, how do you keep your monkeys in their beds?
Do you let them cry it out?
Are you like the Supernanny and just keep returning them to their beds?
Are you like us and just let them stay in the bed with you because,
A. you are to sleepy to even deal with the situation
B. you have a super huge bed and you like to have your bed full of teeny tiny bodies
C. you have no idea what else to do, and you are thinking this cannot last forever eventually these kids will go to college or just move out of the house (you hope)?
After talking with some girlfriends (whom I love and admire and who I totally think have it all together), I will call them by another name as to keep their identities anonymous... Nelly&Terry Bravery, I found that they too are so sleepy and are up with their tots all night, just like me!
So, this is a shout out to all of you mommas with monkeys that sleep through the night...
what are you doing?
Share your knowledge, sharing is caring.
Don't be stingy with your sleep tricks.
Please know that I am happy (over the moon) with my babies... awake or asleep!