Our girls share a room. It’s one of the things I liked about having kids so close in age is that they could share a room. And, since we ended up with 2 girls, they have years of potential room sharing ahead them. Now, I knew that this would be problematic at first. Toddlers aren’t exactly phenomenal sleepers, and adding a crying and screaming newborn to the mix? Yeah, not my idea of fun. So, Bugster slept in our room in a bassinet for a few months and then continued sleeping in our room until she was several months old. We started putting her down in her room for naps to get her used to it, but, other than that, she didn’t really sleep in there.
At 15 months, we converted Bugster’s bed to a toddler bed, but we were still rocking her to sleep. Once she was asleep, we would lay her down in her bed, but the girls were never in their room awake together.
Fast forward to December. Dear Hubby and I had had enough of the rocking to sleep thing (Bugster was now 21 months old), and we decided to put an end to it — which means we finally had to put them to bed in the same room when they were both awake.
At first, it was AWFUL. Bugster would cry and scream and let the world know how unhappy she was with her new nighttime ritual. The Big Cheese, who has always been a great nighttime sleeper, would chime in with her own tantrum, complaining that Bugster’s screaming was keeping her awake. I don’t know how many nights we heard her yell, “Bugster, stop screaming! I WANT TO GO TO SLEEP” There were some nights it was so bad that we had to move The Big Cheese to our room to sleep on the floor just so she could get a decent night’s rest.
In the last couple of weeks, we have turned a corner, and I have to say it is so stinking cool. I get to hear my daughters “being sisters” now. They talk to each other, and giggle, and they even join together in song while they’re trying to fall asleep. Yes,they do get in trouble for being too loud, but we don’t discourage their chatting. It is so neat to hear them like that. They are sisters, forming a lifelong bond. It is why I wanted my children close together in age, and it is actually starting to pay off!