About a month ago we decided it was time to make the big move...it was time for Heath to become a BIG BOY!! And we moved him out of his crib and into the bunk-bed, sharing a room with Nolan. Nolan was really excited about being able to share his room with Heath because he would now be able to sleep on the top bunk. We knew we needed to begin practicing this new sleeping arrangement before we would need to use the crib for the latest Jansen boy.
So I started making a few little changes/additions to Nolan's room to get it ready for Heath to call home...
I really didn't do much...just added this absolutely adorable photo of him and this letter H from his nursery.
And we took the PBK letter blocks, his wooden shoes, ceramic footprint, and his Rockies baseball guy from his old room as well. I can't really set up much on the shelves of the bunk-bed because the boys just end up playing with everything while they are supposed to be sleeping.
We just LOVE this bunk-bed because of it's built in drawers. One side is full of Nolan's clothes and the other is for Heath's. They also have a great closet that lines one whole wall of their room. So there was plenty of room to add all of Heath's hanging clothes. I also bought some shelves to add to the closet to help organize all of their toys, games, and puzzles and get them up off of the floor.
Now, I bet you're wondering how this transition has gone...
Well, after the first night, we were left wondering if this was really going to work! It took the boys 90 minutes of messing around, throwing stuffed animals, shushing each other, jumping on beds, and yelling BOO to finally wind down and fall asleep. But Heath slept through the night and woke up IN his bed the next morning. He has been waking up earlier than usual, so we try to sneak in and get him out of there before he wakes up Nolan, who likes to sleep in.
A few times we have been woken up to Nolan calling, "He's in my bed!!!" Heath has gotten up in the middle of the night or very early morning and decided to climb the ladder up to the top bunk to join his big brother! Oh, how he keeps us on our toes! Nolan would not have dared to do this even a year ago. Just a few months ago, Nolan was still calling for us and asking for permission to get out of his bed in the mornings! Heath is a whole 'nother story!
One morning, around 5 a.m. we heard Heath calling for me, "Ma Ma, Ma Ma!" I rolled over and said to Mark, "It sounds like he's downstairs." No, he couldn't be! But yes, my little 23 month old had gotten out of his bed, opened the door, and wandered downstairs, BY HIMSELF, in the pitch dark! He really is "crA crA" as Nolan calls him...CRAZY!!!!
But since that first week of freedom, things have settled down a lot! Most nights, they go to bed easily. Occasionally, they toss stuffed animals up and down at each other or laugh and goof around for a few minutes before settling in. And Heath is still early to rise- usually between 6:20 and 7 a.m. But overall, I really don't think this big move could have gone any better!
We just love our bed time routines together as well. Baths, p.j.'s, books, and prayers. And of course, they both have to have their favorite stuffed animals and blankies to cuddle with!
We are so proud of our big boys and the friendship and fun they have together! Sharing a room is just the beginning of a life time of adventures together!