Monday, January 5, 2009

Big Boy?

I am debating about whether or not to put Graham in his big bed. We have a beautiful crib out in the garage that is waiting to be put together. I really want to start getting Anneliese's room ready and moving Graham out is a necessity.

The age distance between the younger two will be the largest age difference we've had. They are a full 3 years apart. With previous additions we've always had to move the toddler by now. We just haven't had any issues with Graham crawling out of bed. It's super easy to just put him in there and call it good.

We usually keep the baby with us for the first 3 or 4 months until they are sleeping through the night so there is really no reason to move him other than I want to decorate. I am also concerned about him handling being in with the big boys. We may have to go to bed in shifts so he has a head start before the bigger boys head in. Right now we have 2 sets of bunk beds in the main room upstairs so all 4 will be in one room. They actually prefer it that way for now. I'm sure things will change as they get bigger.

We have 3 bedrooms upstairs and right now there's the boys "dorm," a spare room, and the nursery. Jared and I have talked about it quite a bit and we figure that as the boys near the 6ft mark we will eliminate the spare room and separate the boys 2 to a room while Anneliese has her own room.

It's really not that difficult it's just trying to decide how much sleep we're willing to go without while Graham handles the transition :)


Jenny said...

I would say do it because it will be easier to do it now instead of waiting until you have a newborn too. Tommy had an issue the first night. One of us sat in there with him until he calmed down and was almost asleep, then after that, he had no problems, and I think he likes being able to get out of bed in the mornings on his own. Good Luck! :)

Katie Franke said...

We have our three in a room together too and they like it that way. They begged to have Caleb in their room when he was a few months old. I agree with Jenny, do it now before you have him and a newborn to care for in the middle of the night. And you never know, he might do great! We'll be praying for ya!

Alisa said...

I definitely say do it now. You don't want him thinking he is getting kicked out of his crib because the new baby needs it. If you do it now, they will be completely separate events in his mind. You can really play up the whole "big boy" thing and really concentrate your attention on him while you have the time to do so.

Anonymous said...

I say just pitch the beds and let both of them sleep with you. I know how much it means to you to have babies snuggling with you in bed.... :)

Shannon said...

I'm ready to try it I think. He's really a pretty agreeable little guy. My only concern is nap time but he's been at Tashy's a few times and took a nap in Cale's bed without issue. Wish me luck, better yet pray for us :)