Tonight was Baby's VERY FIRST night in a big boy bed.
The new carpeting has been installed. The bunk beds were disassembled. Baby and Middle are all set up in their "new" room in twin beds (and meanwhile, Eldest is THRILLED to be in his very own room in a twin bed of his own.)
So...I'll let ya guess. How did Baby's first night go?
A. Swimmingly. He and Middle went to bed quietly at 8:30 without any fuss.
B. Horrible. Baby cried and cried and wanted his crib.
C. Okay. There was some fooling around between Middle and Baby after lights out due to the novelty of the new arrangement, but eventually they settled down.
What do you think?
Well, the answer was, and still is-----B. Every night after we tuck him in, he cries down to us, between hysteria, wails and hiccups, "I neeeeeeeed you." We totally weren't expecting this reaction from him. It wasn't even on our radar.
So, every night we have The Drama. Baby sobs and sobs. Hubby and I have to go upstairs multiple times to settle him down. He's keeping Middle awake as well. (Thankfully both of them do stay in their beds.)
Last night I was alone, as Hubby was at a work dinner. I ended up laying in the bed with Baby (I know--not the best idea but I was at wit's end after 30 minutes of Drama.) Neither of them settled down until after 9:15pm.
The Drama is causing a vicious cycle. They go to bed late. They wake early (by 7am) and are still tired (and cranky to boot). Then they both end up taking whopper naps in the afternoons (sometimes 3 hours). So when we try to put them down at 8pm, they're obviously not tired.
I realize the naptimes need to be limited--no more than 2 hours. And I think we need to just keep doing what we're doing until Baby adjusts. I don't want to start any bad habits (like laying in bed with him like I did last night.)
But Hubby thinks that maybe having Middle and Baby share a room isn't such a good idea--that we should go back to having Eldest and Middle share, when there was peace and tranquility and SLEEP in the Trenches.*sigh* More updates to come, I'm sure.