Friday, February 5, 2010

Musical beds

I played a rousing game of musical beds last night...this is always conducive to an excellent night's sleep. I am considering inventing the "Emperor" size bed, because a "King" is simply not large enough for a family of five.

Of course, the children have their own cozy, well appointed beds in their own cozy, well appointed rooms. But, of course, my bed is more comfortable/warmer/colder/harder/softer than their own. There are no coyotes/ghosts/monsters/goats or other assorted barnyard animals in my room. Apparently all of these things reside in my children's rooms. Should I call an exterminator? The ghost busters? Monster Buster Club? A farmer? I'm not sure.The baby co-sleeps with my husband and I, but since he's not really a "baby" anymore (I figure he looses that title as soon as he's able to say it) it may be time to move him into his own bed. Although, I'm not sure why, since he will no doubt end up right back in our bed with the rest of the family.

After Delaney's screams woke me, I went and lay with her in her bed for awhile. The screams woke Nick as well, so he joined us in Delaney's bed. After I thought they were asleep, I crept back into my bed. Only to be joined by Nick shortly thereafter. Then Delaney started screaming again. See a pattern here?

I'm considering just giving them my bed and then I'll take over one of their rooms.

55 comments:

Denise @ Sunflowers, Chocolate and Little Boys said...

I think you got the right idea....get them to sleep in your bed then go sleep in one of their rooms. We only have a queen size, and since me and hubby are both on the "larger" size, we made a no kids in bed with us rule. BEST RULE EVER!!!

June said...

Maybe you could throw down some sleeping bags for the kids to sleep on the floor in your room so they get the security they need and you can get some sleep in your own bed... OR just as Denise suggested, tuck them in your bed and go crawl in one of theirs.

Just Breathe said...

That sounds like a good plan. Sorry about your night. I remember those days. This too shall pass.

Nezzy said...

Heeeheeehe! My son works until midnight and often come in from work only to find the bed too full for him with four kids and a wife fillin' it up. He just grabs a blankie and heads for the sofa.

Ya'll have a fabulously blessed day!!!

Tattoos and Teething Rings said...

I'm going through this right now, too. My daughter (9) co-slept with us until she was 2, and it was so hard to keep her out of the bed. Now my son (20 mos) is still sleeping with us, but only because I haven't gone and bought him a toddler bed- he can climb out of the crib.

I think you should definitely just sneak into one of their beds after they fall asleep in yours. They won't even know.

otin said...

Just push all the beds together in one big room! That way no one has to get up!

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Sarah said...

Oh gosh. I guess we will be there in a few years. Sometimes I feel like the king size bed isn't even big enough for the husband and I!

Amber Page Writes said...

It's a good theory, for sure. So, you're telling me it's probably a bad idea to let her snuggle with us now, huh?

xoxoKrysten said...

This reminds me of watching 7th Heaven when all the kids piled in the parents' bed.

And I totally remember as a kid being scared of SOMETHING and going to sleep with Mom and Dad.

Nowadays all I can think is "It's bad enough having the dog jump in our bed!"

Matty said...

From the bathroom to the bedroom. Ah yes, more of the joys of parenthood. I'm beating a dead horse here, but it DOES get easier.

Susan Fobes said...

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Deanna said...

Musical beds will come to an end one day...I promise. Been there, done that. Hasn't happened in a couple of years now, THANK GOODNESS!!

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Noelle said...

the same thing happens at my house. i just try to remember that in another 10 years, i'll wish she still wanted to sleep with me. ;-)

Michele said...

LOL... that's too cute.

Hope you find a nice quiet room to sleep in tonight ~ all to yourself ;)

I have a queen size bed, and whenever Trinity crawls in with me, it eventually becomes too small for the both of us ~ she sprawls out sideways and I end up with a little sliver with my butt hangin over the edge! Good times!

Tracie said...

I have a no kids in my bed rule. We never started it so they don't even try. It is one of the only good things I can say about my kids.

Jenn Erickson said...

If there was an award for best blog title, you would certainly be far in the running! Love it. Ah yes, the game of musical beds ~ popular in our house too. It's been windy here lately, so the branches have been doing their best impression of the evil tree from Poltergeist on my daughter's window. Yeah, a King size bed simply isn't enough for one big husband, an average sized mom, an off the charts 5-year old girl, two dogs and one cat the size of a lion cub.

Jenn Erickson said...

BTW, here from Friday Follow. Got a little carried away...

Restless Housewife said...

omg - I just left a comment on your post at the Life2US site...I think we are living parallel lives! Just this morning, I was telling my husband how our sleeping situation has to change cuz I'm not getting any sleep! I obviously have absolutely no advice for you. Just again, wishing you the best of luck and again, nice to know I'm not the only one!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

The sleeping bag idea may be a good one. If they have to come in the room and sleep, then, they can sleep in the sleeping bags or else, back to their beds they go.

Brian Miller said...

we did the sleeping bag...and also ghost spray...a little water with a drop of febreeze in it for scent...and let the little add the mysterious white powder (salt...just pinch) that gets rid of the ghosts into a spray bottle. it worked for us...

Cat J B said...

I am going to separate my boys bunks, they are 5 and 2 yrs old, and put the beds together side by side, so I can lay in the middle on musical bed nights. Then maybe I'll get some sleep!

Farila said...

Or do as I did.. everyone plop on floor with some blankets...

Ed Adams said...

This is why Tigers eat their young.

Actually, they probably do that because they are Tigers.

Same difference.

My name is PJ. said...

Ed Adams is darn funny!

Young children can be empowered to cope with bad dreams. One way is to explain to them that all they have to do is tell the________ (bad thing) in the dream that they know it's only a dream and all they have to do is open their eyes REALLY wide and they will be awake.

Another way is to buy them a special doll or stuffed toy specifically for sleeping company to help them feel safe.

There are more. I've used these two on handfuls of kids (mine and those of others).

They were used on me when I was 2.

Erin said...

You are a better, more patient mother than I. I let everyone cry it out and after a few days we all slept in our own beds and mostly got great sleep. Most people think that makes me a horrible mother, however.

Toddler Knows Best said...

Trust me. It's the thread count. We like it just as much as Grown Ups. Minimum 600TC Egyptian Cotton for all of them should do the trick.

Holly said...

Oh, how I know this story. We have played musical beds for 8 years. At one point, when we only had my son, we just bought a double bed...and when he would wake up in the middle of the night, I would just go in there...it was the only way we all got to sleep. I am sure I will not be writing a parenting book any time soon, but it worked.

Amo said...

My son has never slept with us and he hasn't figured out yet that he can crawl out of his crib and come into our room. So far, so good, although my husband is dying for the day when he DOES come crawling into our room to sleep with us. He wanted our son to sleep with us when he was an infant, but I vetoed it. I knew I would never sleep again if he did.

I remember crawling into my parents' bed when I was young. I think they hated it! My dad almost shot me once because he thought I was an intruder, sneaking into their room in the middle of the night. Nice, right?

Jenny said...

Loved the musical beds when my kids were little. Now we have Granddaughters when they have a sleep-over the exact same thing happens. I guess some things never change.

blueviolet said...

Picturing all of that sleepy pajama-clad movement in the dark is cracking me up!

dawn said...

This is the reason we never started the sleeping with mom and dad thing. Once the baby was weaned they went into their own bed/room.
Not saying they didn't find their way into ours in the mornings, but they did spend nights in their own.
With 6 kids and a large dog I am very glad it worked!

Mrsblogalot said...

A mom's bed does seem to be end-all safe place-Maybe that's why I can't get my husband out of it.

I like the sleeping bag idea.

As long as you don't wind up on the floor (-:

Theta Mom said...

I hope youget some sleep soon! Kick those kids out of the bed! :)

r u s s said...

Just like in the movies! You and your kids are really cute. I hope they sleep better tonight and every night ☮.♥.✮ ☀..✈

Marla said...

I know I'm crazy but I actually miss those days of bed hopping kids. This too shall pass ...

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xoladiihoneyxo said...

lol. You're like a protector for life.

Imperfect Stepford Wife said...

Co-sleeping, the biggest curse really. I only got my youngest out of our bed 2 years ago...she's going to be 11 in 3 months.

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Existential Waitress said...

I relate to this all too well as both my children slept with me last night in my bed. I refer to my daughter as "drill head" for her proclivity for drilling her head into my back all night long - well that is when she's not sticking her toe in my butt. Good times.

Lisa G said...

You have NO IDEA how much I resemble this blog. I look forward to the days my children go for visits with their Father. Yet I miss them after the first night!!
Am sure one day they won't even want to speak to me more or less sleep with me.

Petite Little Bee said...

Cute blog. Thanks for sharing. -Lia-

Angie Muresan said...

Oh yes, that never ending fun game! I gave up playing it. Now they just come and get in bed with us.

Unknown Mami said...

It doesn't matter what bed you give them, they will want whatever bed you are in.

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Tina said...

...until my kids got SO big I actually slept better with them in the bed...nowadays, its not a nice with them between, on top of and spread out on husband and I.

Tiffany said...

i thank God every day that my babes sleep in their own beds/rooms. if people think i'm cranky now they'd be in for quite a surprise otherwise.

hope you get a good night's sleep soon!

Qoddess said...

Do you think an emperor sized bed is big enough????

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Momma Such said...

You gotta love those little ones! We have a co-sleeper too, although he does have his own bed right next to ours that we manage to get him to sleep in for the first part of the night. I should really work on that with the new baby coming and all. Good luck!

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