Ethan and Hannah have been sharing our bedroom space ever since they came into our lives.
Ethan, who started from the crib, and moved to the cot and then to our bed and then to the mattress on the floor, had been indicating that he is all ready to move out to his own room, on the condition that the bedsheet is a Cars bedsheet. You see, he currently has a Cars bedsheet, but it’s on a single mattress. We figured it’s time we moved our little big man to his own room with his own bed, and currently our only available option is our 2nd bedroom which has a queen-sized bed. So we had to get a Cars Queen-sized bedsheet set.
Hannah, on the other hand, has been wanting to sleep on her brother’s single mattress for the longest time, and has requested for a Barney bedsheet.
Coincidentally, we finally found the Cars bedsheet (in Queen size) last weekend, so we got it for Ethan and he was very excited when I washed it clean and laid it out on the bed for him. He happily said goodbye to our room and moved to his new room with his new bedsheet.
The plan was for Ethan to sleep in the other room and for Hannah to move to the single mattress in our room, as a form of gradual transition. But what we hadn’t expected was when Hannah requested to sleep on the single mattress in Ethan’s room too. She wanted to be with her brother, apparently.
That’s not all.
She asked me to LEAVE the room and said that she could sleep by herself.
On the first night, I sat at the foot of her mattress till she fell asleep. On the second night, she asked me to leave the room. On the third night, she wanted to lie down with me. But now most of the nights, she can fall asleep on her own.
I was still a little apprehensive if she would be able to sleep on her own, so since Ethan and Hannah moved out, we have left both the room doors open, and on almost every night, Hannah has either wandered back into our bed in our room, or she has cried and I’ve carried her into our bed.
I say “almost every night” because last night was the very FIRST night that she slept through in the room with Ethan. I woke up in the early hours of the morning and discovered that she wasn’t by my side. When I checked on her, she was fast asleep, albeit she had rotated 180º!!
That’s a HUGE improvement and we are so proud of both Ethan and Hannah for making this transition. Shows that they are growing up in leaps and bounds…
…but why does our room feel kinda empty now?