Well, this is officially what our mornings look like. Snuggled up with babies on either side of me. The boys are all about mama these days, so daddy get his own corner of the bed. Which sounds so sweet and blissful to have your babies obsessed with you. But not at 2:30am. When you're finally not touched, and you hear 4 little footsteps making their way into to your bedroom. Yeah....not so blissful when you know you're not getting any sleep tonight. Especially when both of them demand to sleep on top of you, so there's no way you're getting sleep anyway.
We sleep trained them back when they were about 8 months old. They were still waking on average 3 times a night....each. We needed sleep. So, of course, I turned to my trusted mommy influencers for support. I saw so much information on sleep training. I thought my head would explode. I even watched videos of families actually going through the process of sleep training their babies. When I saw and read with my own eyes, the benefits of your baby being able to fall asleep on their own and sleep through the entire night blew my mind, and I was sold. We didn't choose one exact sleep training method. We took a few different tips and practices from many different mamas and doctors out there and went with it! 2 days into completely sleep training, they were going to sleep on their own and sleeping 11-12 hours straight through the night. It was magical. We couldn't believe it!
As of recently, we've moved them to "big boy beds." They just turned 2 in May, and they were climbing in and out of there cribs so quickly, we didn't want to risk them climbing at night and getting hurt. We decided it might be time to get them "big boy" beds. We found these on Amazon, HOW CUTE!! Even though we knew it might take a week or two to get them used to it and transitioned from sleeping in a crib, we were excited about their new beds. Since then, their sleep has been rough, and so has ours. With their newfound freedom of "hey, I can get in and out of bed and do whatever I want with no restrictions," their sleep schedule went entirely out of the window.
Now, I admit that I am a bit of a stickler when it comes to my children's sleep. I believe its essential for their development and my mental sanity. Lol. And now, they Will. Not. Sleep. When we put them to bed now, they jump around, play with the sound machines, and open the door. No matter how many times we go in and tell them to "lay down and go to sleep," they pop right back up and start playing with each. It's actually adorable, but not when you need them to sleep! Getting them to sleep takes most nights up to an hour and patting them to sleep. That's been draining for us as parents.
Now don't get me wrong; there is nothing wrong with patting babies to sleep; it's bonding time and should be a peaceful time. For us, that is not the case. It's a battle every night to get them to settle down and sleep before even beginning to pat them to sleep. It's EXHAUSTING, I know you mamas can relate. Anyway, enough with my sleepless mommy rants, if you're having a hard time with your an area of your life, everything a phase. If you can relate or have any tips on keeping my kids in bed when it is time for them to sleep comment below! I am thinking of you and mama, you got this.
Toddler beds: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077Y1FCKS/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_c_api_i_9xw.EbKF3CJSB