Bedtime at our house starts at 7PM with Henry.
Next with Benjamin at around 7:30PM.
And then William and Alexander head upstairs at around 8PM.
Geez… it sounds so easy when I type it out. It’s just never really that easy.
Actually, with Henry it is. He happily goes to bed and then doesn’t even stir until about 6:30AM. Sometimes 7AM.
Benjamin isn’t much more difficult. With Benjamin, he just sits in his crib saying, “Mommy! Can I have milk?” about 20-30 times and then closes his sweet blue eyes.
William and Alexander. They are another story. Oh, yes. They are a big time other story.
Even though we put them to bed at 8PM, they still end up staying up until 10PM or 11PM. It’s very difficult. They just don’t fall asleep. They end up talking to each other (they share a bedroom). They play. I hear them walking around. Some nights it’s funny. Matt and I will go to the bottom of the steps and listen to their little brother conversations.
“William? What’s your favorite level on Indiana Jones?” (They love to play XBOX together).
“Alex, you really shouldn’t wear your Indy hat to bed.”
And the conversations will go on and on and on and on. They finally fall asleep somewhere between 10-11PM. It’s cute, when we go to tuck them in, that sometimes they are in the same bed together. It’s adorable.
Come 2AM… we have 2 little boys in bed with us. It’s just beginning to get to the point where Matt and I aren’t sleeping. William and Alexander toss and turn all night. I usually wake up 4 to 5 times with a leg or an arm in my back. It’s gotten worse the last few weeks. Matt and I were just talking this morning about how we don’t remember the last night where we had a “sound” (as sound as it can get with 4 boys, 4 and under) night’s sleep.
I know the boys come running into our bedroom because they wake up and get scared. My goodness, I remember doing that myself as a little girl. My parents finally just moved me into Jane’s bedroom so we both could be together. That worked well for us. With William and Alexander, that doesn’t work so well.
They only other thing we’ve tried to start doing is setting up 2 sleeping bags next to our bed, encouraging them to lay down and try to fall asleep next to us. They aren’t sold on this idea.
I’m just concerned now because I know Benjamin is going to be in a big boy bed soon, and I don’t want to worry about 3 little boys jumping into bed with Matt and me. I’d rather try some ideas now on how to get them to stay in their beds throughout the night.
For me, sleep is necessary. I don’t require 8-10 hours a night, but I have been having tired headaches on and off for the past 2 weeks and it’s just getting to be too much. I need some sleep to stay healthy.
Any bedtime suggestions would be much appreciated.
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