We did it! Abel and Amariah are officially sharing a bedroom as of yesterday morning! My wonderful husband put Amariah’s toddler bed together after breakfast, and she had her first sleep in her new bed at nap time! We tried to make the room feel personal to both Abel and Amariah, so we put Abel’s drawing desk next to his bed and Amariah’s baby high chair and crib (full of babies and stuffed animals) next to her bed. (One of the first things she did when this phase was completed was to pull each baby doll and stuffed animal out of the baby crib one at a time and strategically lay it on her new bed. I knew at that point that this would be a fun change for her.) All other toys were moved to Amariah’s old room–what will be the babies’ room–for now, but obviously that will have to change again before the babies arrive. This is the first time Abel and Amariah have ever had a “toy room,” and I must say they both came alive at the sight of (most) of their toys being all in one place. It was like everything in there was new again! I have to admit, having a toy room is super fun and exciting for me, too, but I have to be careful not to get too attached to it since it can only be a temporary, at-least-get-us-through-the-Winter arrangement.
As for the “sleeping” part of the new arrangement, I must say it went pretty well. I followed my instinct to “lay down the law,” setting the precedent that nap time and bedtime are for sleeping and not for talking and playing. This was a little harder for Amariah the antagonist than it was for Abel the sleeper, but progress from nap time’s lesson was shown even at bedtime last night.
So anyway, one more nesting project can be checked off my list! Now on to the next thing….