If you have been following along the last little while, you may be here expecting a recount of my attempted exercise regiment from the past week. I had a blast documenting Mama’s Half Marathon but with race day being behind me, it’s time for a new adventure!
This summer, our little family of recreation enthusiasts is taking off on two-week(ish) road trip to Canada’s East coast! We are traveling with close friends of ours and their three boys en route to Nova Scotia and PEI. It will be a camping trip with the occasional treat of staying indoors with friends and family along the way. Stay tuned as I document our packing lists, our planned route, our break throughs and our inevitable break downs.
Without realizing it, we took on a task this weekend that is the first step in preparing us – and the boys – to live in close quarters for a couple of weeks.
While we often talked about putting our boys in the same room, we didn’t set out to do it before they reached the ages of 1 and 3… Living in a three bedroom home, we agreed it would be nice to put the boys together and reclaim a room for toys, guests (etc.) but hadn’t yet established a timeline. We casually kept an eye out for bunk buds to pop up second hand and waited patiently for Jude to sleep through the night figuring that would be our first cue to consider a change.
Then, in a flash, we threw all logic out the window and bam! Just like that, the boys are in the most adorable bunk beds and our quest to room share a toddler with a baby is underway.
It all started with a ‘for sale’ post on Facebook for the Ikea Kura Reversible Bunk bed – with a canopy – bonus! We had just arrived at the market on Saturday morning when I spotted the ad. Remember a few weeks ago when I talked about being extrinsically motivated? It doesn’t just apply to fitness… Dangle something for the kids in front of me and I’ll bust a move to make it happen! Within the hour I had committed to buying it and we were arranging the rest of our day around emptying the truck and getting to Kanata to pick it up.
The next day was calling for rain so we talked out the logistics that evening and left the handiwork for the morning.
Amongst the endless list of ‘hacks‘ for the Kura bed, we needed to modify the bottom to make it a crib for Jude. The original idea was to put his existing crib underneath but with the top bunk being so low to the ground, it wasn’t an option. Instead, we were able to repurpose the base of a futon we already had to act as crib rails and a door.
Most of the wood from the futon was broken and it was on our list of things to replace so we were thrilled to see it be put to use. With Clyde’s help, we pulled it apart and sorted the good pieces from the bad. It was later his job to load all of the broken pieces into his gator and drive them to the fire pit for a future bonfire.
Meanwhile, Adam got busy measuring, sawing and drilling all of the good pieces along the bottom frame of the bed to contain our sweet little mobile baby.
I got back on Facebook to track down a second twin mattress. With a little luck, there was one listed a few days prior in town so Jude and I hopped in the car to pick it up, buy sheets and hardware for the ‘crib’ door. I wouldn’t list Home Depot as my favourite place to shop but with this cutie steering the cart, I could tour around all day. What is it with boys and steering wheels!? Also – shout out to Costco for stocking firetruck twin sheets! Clyde has never been more excited to crawl into bed.
All in a day’s work, we transformed the nursery into a two-kid friendly bedroom.
It was nearly 9pm when we finally wrapped up and got the boys settled into their new beds that night. Jude wasn’t thrilled with his new enclosed space (I can’t say that I blame him) but like babies do, he quickly adjusted and is back to sleeping well. Clyde is thrilled about the idea of sleeping with his brother – and being on the top bunk – so he has been a little angel at bedtime this week. We’ll take it while it lasts! …and really, does it get any cuter than this?
We transformed Clyde’s old room upstairs into a play room and stored their pyjamas in there to use it as a ‘get ready for bed’ space. Our new routine is to go into the play room after bath to get jammies on, play with quiet toys and read our stories. I take Jude down first so he can nurse while Clyde plays quietly and then back up to read with Clyde and let Jude get a head start sleeping. After a few books, we tip toe downstairs and he climbs up into bed.
Either – or both – of them is still getting up once (or more) through the night but so far they have only woken each other up once…I feel like I can chalk this up as a win three nights in? I’m hoping that they get used to the noise and that it makes them better sleepers. Is that a thing?
Room sharing is new to us so we are eager for tips and tricks. Please comment with any success stories or suggestions!
Also very open to hearing about all of the wonders of the East coast! If you have been before – and bonus if you have road tripped before – tell me what I have to look forward to!!