One of the things we have been working on accomplishing before baby arrives in January (you know, other than moving, unpacking, getting settled, etc) is getting the girls out of our bed.
We knew this would be a big project, and had always intended to start it when we moved back home and got into our house. The hope was that once we were settled, we’d be able to help them feel settled.
They go to bed in their beds, but always end up with us early in the morning. This wouldn’t be so bad if we could always all sleep in. But Samantha is an early riser, which wakes up Erica. And the minute Marcus gets up for work, they both wake up, ready or not.
So, we know this situation isn’t practical or desireable. And once baby arrives, it just plain won’t work.
So last night I woke at 4:30 am to realize that Erica (whom Marcus calls the “Nighttime Ninja”) had snuggled into bed with us. We returned her to bed. About 20 minutes later, both she AND her sister were at the bed, wanting to get it. Marcus and I took them back to their own beds.
Repeat. Again. And again.
At about 5:30 I decided I was tired (Hello! Pregnant woman here!) so I pulled my pillow and comforter off of the bed, took them back to their room, and slept in the doorway until 6:15.
Clearly, this will not work.
We’ll try again tonight. Mostly, what Marcus and I need is the resolve to see this through. They go to bed so well, but when they wake in the middle of the night, they just won’t stay there. They aren’t upset; they want to sleep with us.
And they are so snuggly, sometimes it’s easy to forget why we need to return them to their rooms and their beds.
But we know it’s for the best.
I need a nap.