The Plan: Move the kids into the same room for the summer.
The Reason: Trip to New York in July. Trip to Oregon in August. They’ll be sharing a room. Graham’s too big for the portable crib.
What we’ve done so far: (will the end result be blissfully rested ready-to-travel children and parents? Or screaming messes? Stay tuned for the exciting ending…)
Step 1: Weekend slumber parties. Some failed. Most were “successful” in that grouchy-tired-and-screamy-for-the-next-24-hours kind of way that happens when kids fall asleep at 9:30 and wake up at 6:00.
Step 2: Got the big boy bed and brand-new fantastic star sheets (way to choose cool bedding little dude!)
Step 3: Put the bed in his room for a week (tried not to worry it was only used for jumping)
Step 4: Sent children to Granny’s house all day (thanks Granny! ). Tore apart both kids rooms and the garage (100 degree heat). Broke down crib (shed a few tears). Reassembled Graham’s room into The Bedroom: and Violet’s room into The Playroom:
Step 5: Went out for ice cream. Thought about all the ways in which this scheme could fail spectacularly.
Step 6: Welcomed kids home. Graham was wailing, having been woken from his car-nap. He wandered into his room, flipped out at the change, screamed and hid in the my closet, shrieking, for 30 minutes. (a good snuggle while watching a “Goodnight Gorilla” then dinner and he was okay). Violet was thrilled about the new set-up.
Step 7: Tucked them in. Held our breath. The screaming stopped quickly and the bouncing on the bed began.
Step 8: Changed diaper. Repeated Step 7.
Step 9: Violet ran out to pee twice and asked for water once. Graham stayed in bed. (Whaaaa???)
Step 10: Now we’re listening to them in the monitor. They’re laughing, discussing sleep and how mean we are that we’re not giving them any more water…. It’s all quiet now… will it last…?
To Be Continued….