Monday, January 13, 2014

These Boys

Nearly every morning during Christmas break our boys woke up before 6:30 (their allowed wake-up time). Not only were they awake, but they were loud and playing and getting out of their room to tell us that, "Ollie was going to bite me." It's a recurring theme for me to complain on this blog about my boys and their early mornings, but this is my life. Too bad for me that I don't want it to be my life.

In the past six months or so, the boys have really enjoyed playing together in their room. (Note that I did not say that they enjoy playing together outside of their room. That would be a lie. They fight constantly outside the room, but for whatever reason, in the early morning hours and late bedtime hours, they play just fine. Go figure.) And in the past month or so, they have enjoyed sleeping in the same bed. Sweet Ollie would say (in his cute toddler-ese) as we were putting him down, "I want Mom/Dad to sweep wif me." Adorable, no? Of course yes. But of course we're not going to do it because we don't want to instill some sort of need to fall asleep with one of us. So when we told him no, he then requested, "I want Rhett to sweep wif me." Because we thought that was fine, we gave it our blessing. And look how adorable they are. Melt our hearts.

But we're still not sure how to solve this early morning problem of ours. Yes, we put the boys down around seven, but because they play together nightly, it's nearly eight before they're asleep. I just can't do any later; they need the sleep. But when morning comes and Rhett (who can tell time) turns on the light to read or when Ollie (who cannot tell time) climbs up to Rhett's bunk, how can we control that? We really don't know what to do.

So last night we separated them. The thought is that maybe for the next year or so, they are in two rooms. We have the space and the bunk bed comes apart, so we can do it. However, my heart broke last night when Ollie said, "I miss Rhett." And I know Rhett feels the same way. And at 7:18 p.m. as I type this and the house is quiet and not filled with silly boys' laughter, my heart breaks even more! Oh internet, what to do?

P.S. I love when Rhett uses his tickets to "buy" computer time because it truly entertains both boys. Ollie just stands there and watches Rhett play.


  1. awww, even makes their aunt-e a little sad, too! i totally get you, though - both the good and the bad.

    uh, maybe let them fall asleep together and then move them in to separate quarters when you go to bed. then they wouldn't wake each other up in the morning?!

  2. I totally relate to this since Axton and Elodie have shared a room since Elodie was 6 months old. I want them to have good memories together, but they torture each other too. It's rough. We were so tempted to put them in 2 rooms, but Adele won the right to her own room and so did we! We'll see how it goes when Adele is a little older and we put the girls together.

  3. Ugh, I hate making hard decisions. How darling is it that they love each other so much? The picture of them sleeping is so so sweet.

  4. Agreed…..UGH, I don't' know………but that is the SWEETEST, melt your heart kind of picture…..I wish I could tell you my boys are awesome co-unking now, but that would be a LIE. They are ALMOST 10 an 7…….Oh dear……we NEED a basement, DESPERATELY for soooo many reasons…….Crossing my fingers we get one SOON.