Monday, March 16, 2015

March 16, 2015 at 10:46AM by advodna_dave

And here's where the magic happens. Wait, isn't that what you're supposed to say when showing off your crib? Anyway, people always ask where the kids sleep in our trailer, and the answer is, they (and we) have slept in just about every configuration there is - mom and baby in the back/me on the lounge/Wynne on the dinette, baby in the back/me on the dinette/mom and Wynne on the lounge, etc - and I tell people planning to travel with kids (or having kids in general!) not to get too attached to any one setup. The only thing you know for sure is that it's gonna change the very second you finally get comfortable with it. With our current set up, Wynne sleeps across the foot of our rear corner bed and the 8 month old is in this cool portable crib with a zip down side (key for not killing your back reaching in over the top) which prevents her from rolling into Wynne's nightly sleep Kung Fu danger zone and works great to take along for naps at a friend's house or nights out of the trailer. While we never thought the two of them would be able to sleep right next to each other, Mae seems to be calmed while listening to us tuck Wynne in next to her and Wynne usually has no problem sleeping through Mae's nightly wake ups. That being said, everyone's got their limits. This week, we've been trying to wean Mae off of a feeding that usually happens between 2 and 4 am, so Ann can get a little more sleep. That means, I get the job of going in there to comfort her even though she makes it very clear I'm not the one she wants to see. A couple nights ago, I was in there rocking Mae on my shoulder. When she was finally drowsy again, I whispered to her "Okay, Mae, I'm gonna put you back down now." Wynne promptly sat up out of what I'd thought was a dead sleep and said, "Why? She's just gonna cry again." I took pity on her and sent her in to sleep with Ann in the front lounge. Last night, we were in the same situation. I had tried to put Mae back down with no luck and was holding her quietly. Wynne just sat up and looked at me, grabbed her pillow, started collecting her stuffed animals and said, "I'm gonna go sleep with mom 'cause you're not sleeping in there."