After we moved Lily into Rose’s room, Rose freaked out and wanted to start sleeping in the crib again despite the fact that she’d been sleeping in a big girl bed for months and the crib was in Lily’s old room. That’s right, the kid who got to keep her old room insisted on sleeping in a room that was never hers rather than share a room with her sister. Rose was having so much trouble sleeping that I didn’t fight her on it much and for the last several months she’s been sleeping in the crib in Lily’s old room (or Violet’s future room).
Now we’re getting a little too close to Violet’s birth and I didn’t want Rose to blame Violet for taking her crib away, so it was time to get serious about moving Rose back to her big girl bed. Every time we tried to put her there, she’d just run right out the door and try to get back in her crib. She knows how to open doors AND baby gates, so the only way around this was to put a baby proof door knob cover on the girls’ door until she stops this nonsense. These door knobs are also nearly Dr. Toy Warden-proof. I was worried about not being able to see the girls in their room, so I bought Violet’s new video monitor early and focused it on Rose’s bed. Once all the equipment was in place, we got to work getting our big girl back in the big girl bed she once loved.
The first week was ridiculous. It took her forever to go to sleep every night while she adjusted to the “new” (aka the room she slept most of her life in) room. She didn’t cry much, but she also didn’t stay in bed much and was constantly harassing her poor big sister, who is actually VERY good about going to bed. Tomorrow I will share some cartoons of things I witnessed on the video monitor during this transition. While frustrating, that week was also hilarious.
Anyway, every single night, sleep genius Lily falls asleep before Rose does and wakes up after Rose is already awake.
Lily has drawn the following conclusion:
“Rose never sleeps. She is awake all night long.”
I told her that Rose falls asleep after she does, but she doesn’t believe me because she’s never actually seen her asleep.
“She just lies there with her eyes open all night until you come to get her in the morning. She doesn’t sleep!”
I can’t convince Lily that this is not true (although occasionally it certainly FEELS true). Most nights, Rose sleeps 10-11 hours, but Lily will never see it and therefore never believe it. In Lily’s world, she will forever be sharing a room with sleepless zombie.