Family | My Kids Don't Sleep in Their Own Room

You know before you have kids and you have all these preconceptions on how you're going to raise them and all of the things you totally, absolutely, 100% will not do when you become a parent, then the kids arrive and all of those things go out of the window? Well my kids don't sleep in their own room. They don't even sleep in my room. In fact, they sleep downstairs with Pete. Yes, my partner and I don't sleep in the same bed, we don't even sleep in the same room! 

When George was younger we co-slept with him which isn't something a lot of people do or agree on and it was another one of those things we said we wouldn't do but it worked for us. When he was about nine months old it got to the point where I needed him to go in his own room so we started sleep training and my god it was excruciating! Our once good sleeper would scream and cry because he was in his own bed, Pete and I would have to sit in his room until he fell asleep but once he was asleep he'd be in there all night. It was only by chance one day that I left his room to get something and he wasn't bothered that we had finally cracked it! Result! From that day on he was always really good at going to bed and even when we switched from cot to bed we had no problems with him. People would tell us we were lucky that he was a good sleeper, which he was  to be fair and had been from a young age, but for us to get him to sleep without us being there was hard graft.

Henry was a different kettle of fish completely! He hated being asleep in his cot from day one and the lack of sleep really affected my mental health so Pete would sleep downstairs on the couch with Henry. A year later, this is still ongoing, but now we have a three year old who has stopped sleeping in his room as well. It started a few months ago when George started saying he was scared of ghosts and being really upset when we put him to bed. He was hysterical so I brought him downstairs and let him fall asleep there but it seems to have become the norm.

If somebody told me this was their current situation I would probably judge them so hard, albeit secrelty of course. Our friends and family keep telling us how ridiculous it is, which it is, I completely agree with them but at the moment it works for us. The boys go down to sleep really well after a bottle and a story and they sleep all night. I actually enjoy the fact I get the king sized bed to myself sssshhh. The situation isn't the most ideal but we all get some sleep and I think all sleep deprived parents can relate they will do anything to get a decent kip.

We are going to start sleep training soon but at the moment both bedrooms are being used for storage so as part of my 2018 goals, I am going to smash the bedrooms this week and get them both tidied, ready to be decorated and then we can get a move on!

Any tips for gentle sleep training would be much appreciated! 

Rachael xo

The Versatile Blogger Award

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It's Sunday night, the boys are settled for bed and Pete has finally left the laptop unattended, so I have sought out the opportunity to actually bash out a blog post for a change! I was tagged twice this week by the lovely Becky from Bringing Up The Berneys and the equally lovely Polly from Blogger By The Sea to participate in The Versatile Blogger award. 

My favourite thing about blogging is the support that comes with it, so when you get a notification to say you've been nominated to take part in something it's really exciting and uplifting. The only rules are to tell people seven facts about yourself, which is definitely going to be hard for me because I want it to be different from my Girl Behind The Blog post which you can read here so in addition to the twenty facts I've written on there, I need seven more new ones. I don't even think I can add to that but I'll give it a go! 

  1. I have 6 tattoos, 8 if you include the cover up I've just had done and my eyebrows.
  2. I got my lip pierced when I was 16 because Tom Delonge and Dougie Poynter had their lips pierced.
  3. If I could live off one food for the rest of my life it would be crisps.
  4. I'm really messy. I just hate tidying up.
  5. I have three younger brothers, the youngest are twins.
  6.  Cardiff is my favourite city in the UK and I love the Welsh accent.
  7. My first job was in TJ Hughes when I was 17 where I earned about £4.20 an hour and thought I was rolling in it.
Okay do that was easier than I thought it would be but now I need to tag 15 bloggers and I don't even think I know that many who haven't already been tagged but I'm gonna give it a go!

Louise @ weeohana
Danielle @ undertowonder
Adam @ dadblogger_uk
Adam @ askyerfather

That'll do. I cant't think of anymore and I'm pretty lazy so there you go! 

Rachael xo