I’ve talked about this on a few occasions but today I’m determined, to get my kids out of my bed. I am currently sitting at my desk with a Tiger Balm heat wrap around my neck because my three children insist upon sleeping with my husband and I.
This morning I woke up on the very edge of my queen sized bed with the twins between my husband and I. I’m done! I came to work today and my very smart, talented and efficient Mom friend informed me that I really need to get it together and put them back in the bed. Feeling incompetent with this darn thing on my neck, I agreed wholeheartedly. Beginning tonight I’m going to make them get back into their bed after our midnight or 3 AM trip to the bathroom.
I know that Leah will be the most difficult because she hunts me down in the house. If I’m in the bathroom and she can’t find me she runs through the house calling my name “mommy where are you” and when she finally finds you I receive a huge hug and notification “mommy I was wooking all over for you”. So the midnight madness is going to wear her out no doubt. She’s going to scream and holler but I’m going to keep to my guns and put her back in her bed. Myles is also going to be difficult because he just wants to be close to me. Erick is continuting his pattern from birth (he was always in my bed!). I’ve tried to make their bedroom and cool experience but I guess I’ve not done well. They just don’t like sleeping in their rooms! No more excuses though it’s my goal to set bedtime in order.
Here is how it would work in my ideal world. I don’t get home until 8:00 pm so please don’t judge me for the times listed by each activity.
- Bath time – 9:00 p.m.
- Pajama time – 9:20 p.m.
- Story time – 9:30 p.m.
- Drink of water/milk – 9:45 p.m.
- Potty time – 9:50 p.m.
- Prayers – 9:55 p.m.
- SLEEP – 10:00 p.m.
- Midnight or 3:00 a.m. wake up for potty (this is typically when they end up in my bed)
- Back to their bed!
Round 1 starts tonight with hubby out of town. Hopefully the ‘it takes 7 days to break a habit’ thing works for this as well!
Please share your bedtime rules/checklists with me. I need HELP!
Until next time…