Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Life With Twins: The Nightlight

So while writing this post I am knocking on wood big time. I have a knack of stating something and then the universe likes to mess with me by proving me wrong. But here goes...

When we moved the twins to toddler beds we did little "baby-proofing" of their room. Despite going through this one time before I didn't think it was possible that a complete destruction of everything they own would happen during a nap time. I've learned and over the last few months we've emptied nearly everything out of their rooms. The closet houses their dresser, clothes, toys, and diaper genie now. We have childproof door knobs on the closet door and the inside of their door so they can't open it from the inside. We bought a rather complicated looking light cover so they can't turn the light off and on. Seriously, their room is starting to resemble a prison cell because of the sparseness. Just recently during a rather energetic rest time they pulled the curtain rod so much that it bent in half and so that's come down too. 
But, since moving to the toddler beds they have rarely slept a whole night through. Usually there is one wake up where Hollis is crying because it's too dark. The solution was to put a gate up in the doorway and leave the hall light on. He would settle right back down so it wasn't too much of a disruption, but I've been missing my solid 6-7 hours of sleep a night. Not to mention the hall light shines directly onto our bed (we sleep with the door open because of the cats, but that's another story).

So I got brave and bought a little LED nightlight. Of course, I panicked because it just plugs in and I envisioned them pulling it from the wall and then fighting over who gets to hold it. Still, it was worth giving it a try and seeing if it helped with the nighttime wake up. 

We've used it for two nights now and Hollis hasn't woken up at all! I went for one of the automatic ones so it only comes on when their room gets dark. They like to see it come on and I've threatened that if they pull it out I'm moving it to Mia's room. 
It's probably only a matter of time before the novelty wears off and they pull it out of the plug, but for now it seems to be doing the trick. 

Keep your fingers crossed for me. 

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