A few weeks ago Chase started waking up in the morning with a dry pull-up, so about two weeks ago we told him he could go to bed in roos (what they call underwear). Know what? He’s woken up dry the majority of the mornings! There were a couple of times last week when he had a ton of water just before bed and woke up soaked in the morning, but other than that he’s been good to go. We’re so proud of our big boy and are hoping the other two follow suit soon!
Speaking of bedtime (sorta), we have some new sleeping arrangements. They’re less than ideal, but it works for us. Bed time has been terrible here. We would put them down between 7:30 and 8 (usually closer to 7:30 if I was in charge) and they would proceed to party it up in their room for 2-3 hours! Nick and I were constantly ushering a child back to their room, holding the door shut, going in and telling them to lay down and be quiet, breaking up fights, etc. You get the picture. Lots of fun.
I asked a wise triplet mom I know (her boys are a couple of years older than mind) what she did. I knew her boys shared a room, so I wanted to know if this was just my boys being terrible or a 3-boys-sharing-a-room thing. Turns out it was a sharing a room thing. She shared a piece of advice that has changed our night time chaos dramatically…
We put them to bed in separate rooms. Just like at nap time, one sleeps in their room, one sleeps on the futon in the playroom and one sleeps in my bed. After they’re all asleep we move them back to their beds. Now, instead of goofing off for 2-3 hours they only goof off for 30-45 minutes and sometimes it’s shorter than that. Much better!
See, by 7:30 I am done with dealing with these boys. D-O-N-E. Adding 2-3 more hours of misbehaving was not making things better and after 4 months of room sharing they clearly weren’t “learning” how to share a room at night. This set-up is not ideal, but it’s an improvement. In a few months we’ll let them try sharing a room again, but for now Nick and I can relax a little bit sooner at night.