5:30 a.m.

That is what time they woke up the morning after their first double-twin bed slumber party adventure.  Here is the wreckage:

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Father’s Day.  Awesome.  Not surprisingly, Graham had no trouble taking his first ever nap alone in his big-boy bed.

2nd night: Asleep by 9pm instead of 10.  Graham woke up screaming at 2:30am  This was my biggest fear.  How would Violet react to Graham’s scream-for-20-minutes-before-sleeping-MO?  So I tip-toed to the door and heard Violet,”What’s wrong Graham?” “I scared.”  “Did you have a bad dream?”  “Yeah.”  “It’s okay.  It’s still night, so you can go to sleep again.”  “Okay, goodnight.”   WHAA???  Okay, so they actually chatted for 45 minutes and then fell asleep.  But still.  No mommy involvement needed?  Rock on!

3rd night: 10 million trips to the bathroom.  Slept 9 to 6.  (Instead of their usual 8-7)  Graham took a 5 hour nap.

4th night: More of the same.  We removed the rocking chair for good (sigh… wipe tear).  Violet actually took a nap.

5th night: Tried to put them to bed an hour earlier.  They still stayed up until 9.  Woke up at 6:30.

6th night: They ripped the coat rack off the wall.  Slept 9 to 6:15.

7th night: The bickering turned into fighting.  Screaming.  Crying.  We threatened to separate them.  They didn’t seem to like that idea.

8th night: After a warning to stop the fighting, we pulled the plug.  Violet slept in the playroom.  They wailed like we were removing their limbs, then fell asleep in 5 minutes… and slept until 8 a.m.!

9th night: Moved their beds 3 feet apart.  Put bed rail on Graham’s.  Slept 9-6:30.

10th night: Excuses for coming out of the room:  1) pee 2) water 3) owie 4) Graham farted

11th night: fight fight fight fight… slumber party over.  Violet woke up at 4:30 a.m., crawled into bed with Graham, got uncomfortable, tried to leave, “Violet, stay with me a little longer.”  “Okay Graham” snuggled with him for a bit then asked him if it was okay to leave.  He let her.  No parental involvement needed.  Okay.  Cool.

12th night: Slept 9-6

13th night: Slept 9-6

14th night: asleep by 8:30!  Slept until 7! Is the two week mark really the turn-around point?  Could this be getting better?

15th night: NOT getting better.  pee, fight, change diaper, sing, fight, sleep 9-6:30

16th night: they pulled the sheets off Violet’s bed and knocked the mattress half off the box-spring in order to make a slide.  Slumber party OVER.

17th night: Begged me to let them sleep in separate rooms.  BEGGED ME.

Isn’t this supposed to be working by now?  Everyone is exhausted.  Exhausted!!  WHEN IS IT GOING TO START WORKING?

We may be very screwed.

3 responses to “5:30 a.m.”

  1. Kristen

    If it’s any consolation, I have a friend who moved her kids in together and said things were good after about a month. So, you’re almost there! I hope they’re sleeping well on “vacation” for you!!

  2. Eliza

    Has it got any better? How was the vacation?

  3. Sarah

    Miss you guys! Hang in there, they’ll get used to it eventually.

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