This has been the week from hell. All of my frustrations have to do with the new sleeping arrangements we have for our kids. Almost 2 weeks ago we moved Dani into a toddler bed upstairs to share a room with her big brother. Dani has always been a great sleeper, but 2 weeks ago she decided to climb out of her crib. We knew it was time to make the transition to a toddler bed. I've been worried about her sharing a room with her brother for a long time. Carter is a rambuctious boy and I hadn't roomed them together earlier because I was afraid something would happen to her. Since she wouldn't stay in her crib, she left me no choice.
The first week went rather well. They went to sleep just fine at night. In fact, it always got quiet in their room after just a few minutes of us putting them down to sleep. Naptime, on the other hand, is a struggle. Dani wants to nap and Carter just wants to horse around. A few occasions he has actually woke her up from her nap. She was not pleased.
That leads us to week #2 which has been a total nightmare. Not only is naptime still a struggle, but bedtime is being dragged out as well. Carter does not want to settle himself down! It's not like I'm putting him to bed at an unreasonably early hour either. I wouldn't call 9 p.m. early by any means for a toddler. Plus, Carter is now having potty training regression because of all this. On several occasions I have put him to nap or bed only to have to go in there 30 minutes later because he pooped in his pull-up. It's so frustrating! Apparently, it is completely normal, especially if they are dealing with a major change or stress of any kind. I'm supposed to act like it's no big deal (which I haven't been doing - Ooops!). I'm hoping this is short-lived and he gets back in the swing of things soon.
I'm just so tired. This is such a great stage for them, but at the same time it is SOOO challenging to me. I've got Carter CONSTANTLY getting into mischief and Dani CONSTANTLY attached to me like super glue. She always wants me to hold her. I normally love this, but it poses a problem when I actually try to do something for myself like go to the bathroom or even *gasp* housework.
Sorry if I'm complaining a bit much tonight. I just needed to vent.