2 Boys, 1 Room

We really have no choice at this point.  I teach lessons from my home so I NEED a studio.  And now in our new house, one bedroom is on the first floor and the other two bedrooms are on the third floor.  I can't be two floors away from my babies just so they can each have their own rooms.  So they share.  And they will continue to share until we get a 4 bedroom home, if that ever happens.

My sister-in-law, Bea, has 2 boys as well.  One is 5 and the other nearly 3.  They have been sharing a room for years now.  But they share by choice.  They just love each other so much that they want to be close together all the time... even in sleep.  So sweet.  But that doesn't mean they don't have their complications.  The older one, David, loves to sleep, while the younger, Adrian, loves to talk.  Adrian ends up annoying David while he's trying to get to sleep.  But they work it out because Adrian is old enough now that when his mom says, "be quiet", he will.

Such is not the case with us.  Every night is a toss up... sometimes I feel like I'm playing Russian roulette.  Will Jonas sleep long?  Will he sleep all night?  Will Marco wake him up?  Now, here's the thing... we don't know what the answer to the first two questions are, because the answer to the last one is always "yes".  Marco WILL wake Jonas up sometime in the night.

Marco has always been a good sleeper.  He falls to sleep easily, and if he wakes up, he doesn't mind talking, singing or playing till he falls asleep again.  When we hear him wake up, we ignore him unless he's crying.  He wakes up every night for a few minutes between 3-5 am.  Well, now that his brother is in the room with him, he doesn't want to be awake alone!

He wakes up, stands up at the edge of his crib and screams "Oh Duh-der... Ooooohhhhh Duh-der".  (Duh-der is now how he says "brother").  Then, when Mauricio enters the room, he's all, "Hi Papai!".  As if to say, "welcome to the party!".  Yeah, Marco... it's not 4 in the morning or anything?!  Thaaaaaanks!  So naturally, Jonas is awakened from his gentle slumber, and begins shrieking like a banshee.  He spends the rest of the night in OUR bed, while Marco goes back to sleep as if nothing has happened.

I know that the novelty of having Jonas in his room will wear off, and hopefully he'll allow him to sleep. Or, if when they're older, that novelty has not worn off, then I hope they play together for a few minutes and fall back to sleep... but most importantly, leave me alone!


Beth said...

Siblings have been sharing a room for years--they'll figure it out. We've considered having our boys share when we move. I guess that will depend on what we find.

Of course, none of this is helping you get rest.

Stephanie Doyle said...

I love the idea of siblings sharing a room! I really hope that the next one will be a boy so that Hunter and him can share a room! :)