Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Ashlynn's new bedroom

We did it!  We moved the nursery to the spare second floor bedroom. It was long overdue and just like usual, it was decided in a moment of exhausted desperation.  Ashlynn needed her own space and so did her Mom and Dad.

I'd been putting it off.  Mostly from laziness and with the hopes of keeping a private room for when we have guests stay.  I was concerned about our visitors being uncomfortable sleeping in the room adjoining the master bedroom.  In the end, my sleep was more important and Ashlynn's is getting too old.  She knew I was 30 feet away from her crib in the middle of the night and I hated to let her scream and wake up Justin.  It was often easier to go to her which just perpetuated the problem.

Monday I enlisted the help of Teklu and Zalalem to move the furniture and by that evening Ashlynn had her very own room. Justin and I could finally get ready for bed without tip toeing around our own bedroom.  Ashlynn is an incredibly light sleeper and every night she'd wake unnecessarily from us coming in to the room for bed or hearing the dog's nail clicking on the hard floor or a fly would fart and she'd wake up.  It was terrible.

The first night I couldn't sleep.  Our room was too quiet without the baby's white noise machine blurring the outdoor noise (dogs barking and hyenas whooping).  I got over it quickly. The last three nights have been blissful.  It's nice to have our grown-up space all to ourselves again (11 months is ridiculously long time to sleep with the baby next door).  Ashlynn is also sleeping more soundly.  It took just two days for her to become familiar with her new room.  In just three days, she's cut the wake-ups down to two.  Last night was just one middle of the night wake-up.  It's a huge improvement over the three to four wake-ups we were experiencing before the move.  So it was all worth it.

The good thing for our guests is that neither Justin or I snore...

4 comments:

hotpotdc said...

ahh we have yet to put Will in his own room! First it was all of the travel in CHengdu then it was leaving Chengdu then it was the constant stream of visitors in our two bedroom apartment in DC this past summer. Now it's "well, once we paint and get everything settled." Given that he only sleeps as late each mornign as someone else is asleep in the room (thank goodness my husband sleeps late!) I don't foresee this being an easy transition. So glad you guys were able to do it though!

Sara said...

You might be surprised. All three of my girls slept better in their own space once they were moved. We are late with the third. The other two girls had their own room at 3 months. I know how it goes with all the reasons to wait. When you do finally move him-it will be strange for the first few nights. You might check on him much more too!

Terry said...

Did I hear "GUEST ROOM"?

Sara said...

Yes Please Terry! You are welcome as a guest anytime.