First off, mount laundry has been overcome! Most of the house is back to where it should be. Thank you baby Jesus!
As expected, the new rooming situation took some adjustment for all. That said, we are loving the results so far. (Tomorrow, who knows? Today, yes, awesome.)
Here’s how things stood before the change –
Room 1: Jack (age 3)
Room 2: Roo & ZouZou (age 5 & 7)
Room 3: Mr. & Mrs. & Evie (age 16 months)
Here’s the new configuration –
Room 1: Roo & Evie
Room 2: Mr. & Mrs.
Room 3: ZouZou & Jack
Well the first night was a bit bumpy for the older children. With Jack came the toys and that pleased ZouZou. Until she realized that with the toys came Jack! ZouZou is a builder and though she is not obsessive, she certainly likes her items to stay in one piece while she builds them. Jack, naturally, is a destroyer. The first night before the official bedtime Jack wrecked one too many of ZouZou’s creations and she burst into tears and proclaimed that she never, ever, ever, ever wanted to share a room with Jack. Thankfully she mostly got over it and things have been going well. It turns out ZouZou and Jack get along in there despite their playing-together problems because (who knew?) they both mostly like to go to sleep at bedtime! (When ZouZou and Roo were together they NEVER went to sleep at bedtime.) The second night J & ZZ even fell asleep together in the same bed. Let me tell you, that really warmed my heart because I feel badly that Jack’s older sisters spend most of their time playing off in their own little world and either ignoring their brother or getting mad at him for ruining their stuff. Jack desperately needs positive interactions with his older sisters and that was the main reason I wanted him in with ZouZou. To build a better relationship between the two of them. Watching it happen is awesome.
Roo’s transition to the new room with Evie was a rather drastic change. It was not at all unusual for her and ZouZou to play for an hour together (mostly making noise and messes) after they went to their room at the end of the day. Rooming with Evie, Roo has to sneak into the bedroom and be very, very, quiet. She can’t really come in and out at will either because that would wake up Evie. She’s allowed to do whatever she wants in there as long as she doesn’t wake up her sister but she doesn’t enjoy playing alone all that much. Without her old ZouZou partner in crime, she pretty much ends up just going to bed. What a novel idea.
Our house is usually quiet now after the kids go into their rooms at night.
As for Evie, she’s doing fine for naps. We have to be more careful about children running loudly down the hall because her room is in the middle of the hallway and across from the main bathroom. Nights have been basically what I expected. Sometimes she sleeps well, sometimes she sleeps horribly. Her first night was okay. Her second night was Awful (think, five wakings before midnight), and her third night was her best with a wake up around 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.. (I have never really had a kid who slept through 2 a.m. until they were fully weaned and I am not much bothered by having to get up a couple of times.) However, the wakings have increased in the last couple of nights and I hope that gets better. (Teething. You are killing me!) I would prefer not to have to get out of bed three or four times in the middle of the night. But that’s just me. Either way, I still prefer to have her in a different room. When she shared with us, I rarely fell asleep before her first waking and that often meant I would go to bed around 11:45 p.m. (okay, usually later) and lay awake until her first waking a half hour later (my body didn’t know how to relax until then I guess) when she would come into bed with us. Then, depending on who-knows-what, she might want to nurse for a half hour or more. I dreaded going to bed. I don’t miss that. Nor does Mr. S.. He and I, we definitely appreciate having a kid-free room again!
I wish we had moved Evie out earlier, though I don’t know when we would have done it. She probably could have transitioned six months ago but I guess I wasn’t ready. It’s weird, I know why I cosleep, but I don’t know why I cosleep. It’s convenient and wildly inconvenient at the same time. Comfortable and miserable. I love and hate it. Right now, I love that the time for cosleeping over. For a little while at least.
p.s. I was going to throw a few photos in here of home reno and whatnot but apparently my phone and computer aren’t talking to each other tonight. Maybe next time.