Friday, June 11, 2010

Is it Time??

So Meagan has been waking up 2 or 3 times per night, and then she is up for the day at 6:30 for a while now. I can usually handle it if she goes right back asleep, and I think the reason she is waking up at 6:30 is because it gets very bright in the living room where she is currently sleeping, plus it's at the front of the house and 6:30 is the time when most commuters start up their cars and head to work. The arrangement right now is when she falls asleep (around 7 or 8 PM), we put her in the pack 'n play in our room until her first waking. Then I feed her and move her to the crib in the living room where she stays the rest of the night.

Last night, she went to bed in the pack 'n play around 8 PM. And slept until 4 AM! No 1 AM and 3 AM feedings like usual. I was thrilled. I fed her and put her back down and she promptly fell back asleep. Then at 4:30 I could hear Kaitlyn sobbing in her room. She was standing in the middle of her room, shaking like a leaf, and I could not get her back into her bed. She said she had lots of bad dreams and could not sleep in her room. So my only choice was to take her to our bed.

Kaitlyn does not sleep in our bed. Despite a big lecture about not moving, not talking and going to sleep, she didn't. She tossed, she tried to start conversations with me, she WOULD. NOT. SLEEP. So, when Meagan woke up at 6:30, I had been up since 4 and knew I wasn't getting back to sleep (although thankfully I did manage to sneak a late morning nap in).

So now what? The idea was always to have the girls sleeping in the same room by the time Meagan was sleeping through the night. But she's not - although last night she almost did. What if they did share a room? Would they have comfort in knowing their sister is close by and Kaitlyn's nightmares would stop and Meagan's night wakings would end? Or will it make it worse? Both girls keeping each other up all night with no sleep for anyone in our house?

Do I keep the system as is, or is it time to move them together and just see what happens?


cathy said...

You will just have to try it, but do a lot of talking with K about the situation. All of our kids share (well except Cameron) and so far it has worked. It took awhile to get it going smoothly. All about schedules etc. My three little girls currently share, and I am sad about splitting them up. They do amazing together. Like three peas in a pod. My two big girls also share, and do pretty well. They will be splitting up too!

Good luck! We can talk more about this ;D

Anonymous said...

all I can say is they will get used to takes some time but it does work. :)

good luck!


Beth said...

I'd like for my boys to share a room, too, because I think they'd find comfort in each other. Especially William, who gets "lonely" (according to him) in his bed. But at the same time, I don't want them waking each other up. So I completely understand your dilemma!