You remember way back in July, I grumbled about my sweet little boy NOT SLEEPING! Well, after several months I can say...THAT WE ARE STILL NOT SLEEPING! Except...
Well before I tell you, let me give you the whole story. Six weeks ago when Jeremy went on a week long business trip, I let the boys "camp" in our bedroom for the couple of nights that we were home. It was comforting to all us since none of us like it when Daddy is away. We have a fairly large master bedroom with 2 papasan chairs. So it works out beautifully to throw the two cushions on the floor to make instant beds. Each boy fits perfectly on one cushion. And I still get my bed to myself (and Jeremy)!
That first night of allowing the boys to sleep in our room was heavenly. Both boys slept 12 hours. 12 hours people!! That hasn't happened since NEVER!
So the second night, I was hoping the same would happen. And sure enough, it did.
Once Jeremy got back into town, I brought up the idea that maybe each Friday night, we could let the boys "camp out" in our room. That way, at least Jeremy, could get a full night's sleep once a week. Since you know, I don't sleep. Ever!
So the first Friday came and we let them camp out. The next morning, Jeremy informed me that that was the best idea I have ever come up with - although I think I have come up with better ideas in the 16 years we have been together. But whatever, I think that the fact that he slept for 8 hours uninterrupted had something to do with that assessment.
The following week things went right back to normal. Carter getting up multiple times a night, turning on his music full blast each time. Evan sleeping through it, us not so much.
After the second sleep filled Friday night, Carter realized something.
Instead of getting up and turning on his music, he could "sneak" up into our room and sleep. And Evan would never know!
Which let's face it, he's not in our bed disturbing us and he is actually sleeping without stirring while NOT disturbing us. It was a win-win situation. Okay fine, I know that we are starting a very bad habit, but come on WE NEED sleep too, people.
So each week, I'll admit, he ends up sleeping on our floor at least 4 nights out of 7.
And the "Friday Night Camp Outs" for both boys has sorta become the multiple night camp outs. Because Evan has a sneaky suspicion that something fishy is going on after he falls asleep. Although, once the kid falls asleep, he doesn't stir for 10 hours. But he is on to us! So out of guilt, when they ask to sleep in our room, we let them both.
What can we do? We have tried every approach with Carter and he just doesn't like sleeping in a bed right now. So I am banking on him maturing and eventually sleeping in his room all night without waking multiple times. And that this won't be such a bad habit that eventually we are going to have a very hard time making him stay out of our room.
So right now, we are rolling with it? What do you think? What things have you allowed to go on in your home that you know may not be the best idea, but something good is coming out of it right now so you roll with it? Please tell me that we aren't ruining our kids by doing this - ha!