i have something for you.
allow me to draw some wisdom from my deep well of parenting knowledge (it's been almost 3 years so i'm basically a pro now, right?) and impart it.
the secret to peaceful toddler room-sharing?
when the boys were babies, room-sharing was no problem. a newborn and a 13 month old don't get into too many shenanigans. (plus, they were both still in cribs. cribs are the best.)
until they learn to escape.
but now that the
if they're both awake, all hell will break loose. they will (1) destroy things (2) stay up the entire naptime or (3) all of the above.
a few days ago, i put the boys in for naptime. desmond wasn't fully asleep but i didn't think it would be a problem. (sometimes my judgment leaves a lot to be desired.)
they didn't end up going to sleep.
i figured they would be tired and cranky, but since there isn't much in their room but their beds and an empty bookcase (we have also installed high locks on the bathroom and closet doors so they're off-limits during sleep time), i thought the room would be okay.
somehow they acquired a metal bar from the sliding doors (silas said it was on top of the bookcase, so i'm not sure how they got it down) and used it to fell a paper lantern*.
when i walked into the room, i found that they had completely shredded the lantern into tiny pieces. there were support sticks and paper bits all over the room, and the lightbulb had been smashed (i cleaned up what i could find but random bits of glass keep turning up, which is super fun).
they're lucky i'm biologically wired to love them.
however, to bring this full circle (not that i'm exactly known for my concise and relevant storytelling), putting desmond to bed 30 minutes earlier than tesla pretty much solves the problem.
all the boys watching kipper.
*their room has no lights and we hoped that hanging a lamp and running the cord along the ceiling and into the bathroom would be a way to light the room without interference. it worked...for a while.
if you have any room-sharing tips or horror stories, i'd love to hear them!
have a lovely tuesday.