Well we did it. We made the big switch. It has now been over a week since the girls started sleeping in the sister room. And I am happy to report that is has been a huge success!!
I had been itching to move the girls into the same room for quite some time. (and no I am absolutely not pregnant!). I believe there is a special bond that forms between siblings that share [a room]. My sister and I shared a room for many years, and although there was fighting about who stole who’s clothes, or who made what mess, there were also lots of wonderful memories. Like climbing into bed with Jenny when I was scared and listening to her tell me stories and making up plays to perform to our other family members. It definitely was a time that I look back on with fondness. I also believe that sharing a room helps you to not be as selfish: It is no longer your room, it is no longer your property, but a place that belongs to both of you. A place to love and take care of together. I know that my girls are only 2 and 1/2 and 1, and most of these memories won’t be made until they are older. I still feel like the foundations can be built now and that mixed with the desire to create more space in our cozy little home, I thought why wait?
I was completely prepared for this transition to be extemely difficult! Visions of hour long parties in the middle of the night, early morning wake ups, and endless hours of trying to get the girls to sleep were at the front of my mind. And naps? Well I honestly did not believe those would happen at all. I expected to have to split the girls up at nap time and was even prepared to pull the rug out from under the whole thing if necessary!
To my surprise the transition was easier than switching L to her big girl bed ( and that went smoothly)! Here is a run down of our first few nights.
On Friday afternoon Eric and I decided tonight was as good a night as any to try, the switch. We would have the entire weekend to work at it with both of us present ( incase four hands were necessary). Here is a glimpse at the new room
That night at dinner Eric asked Liesel if she would like Moira to start sleeping in her room? A gigantic excited smile spread across her face, she loved the idea of a sister room instantly! We decided to put the girls to bed at the same time. It was a great feeling to read our books, say our prayers and sing our songs as an entire family. Then it was time for the moment of truth… The night started with some giggling, which then turned to tears ( for Moira). After a few trips back and forth, they were finally quiet. Success!! High fives were slapped and a glass of wine was toasted. The girls slept through the entire night. And even when MJ woke at 5am I was able to quickly put her back down( L remained asleep through the whole thing) until our usual 7am wake up!! Pinch me, this really cannot be this easy I kept thinking. Surely, nap time will be an issue. Our first nap time was a bit more challenging than bedtime the night before. Eric and I heard lots of giggling, Moira jumping up and down in her crib, numerous songs including some of Liesel’s self compositions;), stuffed animals flying through the air, and a few more trips back and forth to the room. But after about 45 minutes… Parents conquer again, two sleeping beauties!
The next few days all follow similar patterns. Lots of laughter, songs, talking etc but always ending in sleep by both girls. It’s been a true testament to how sound they both sleep. Even when one wakes in the middle of the night, the other just sleeps right through! My fears of middle of the night parties have disappeared completely! There have been zero 5am starts to our days. And in the past ten days MJ has napped at every one and Liesel has only missed two ( which is not out of the ordinary). She has even successfully completed her quiet times on those days while Moira naps right next to her! To say I am proud is an understatement.
Listening to the girls talk and giggle at the beginning and end of their days has been such a joy. Eric and I are starting to see this sister friendship really begin to take form.