I have a 4 1/2 yo, an 18 mo, and am five months pregnant. I also co sleep with dh (well sometimes, depends on which bed we've rolled onto, lol) and our 2 other babies (cats). Dh has been working at night lately, which leaves it up to me to get the 2 little guys to bed at night. It is freakin' impossible. I swear, if it goes like this for one more night I'm gonna blow a gasket or something.
Here is our routine:
take a bath
at this time, its about 8:00, at which time the kids commence going completely insane. Torturing the cats, torturing each other, running around (ok, the four year old doesn't).
I finally lose it and tell the four year old to get in bed and not move. I try to nurse the baby down. He climbs all over me, switches sides back and forth, says silly things that make his brother laugh. I finally get him to calm down and nurse, he has to switch sides again, which takes brother's side of me away, brother get's feeling's hurt and runs into other room crying...I chase after brother. Baby runs off and commences torturing cat...Get older brother into bed, baby running around naked like a mad man. Have to rub brother's feet...must get children to bed...must have sleep...By the time they usually fall asleep (out of sheer exhaustion, not by any of my doing, mind you) its 10:30 or 11:00. Which would be fine,but we have to get up at 6 in the morning to drive into town, so ds can be at preschool by 8:00. We all need sleep...I need sleep. Desperately!!!!
Help. How am I going to add a baby to this madness?
It's usually fine in the evening's when dh is home. We separate them and then put them in our bed, and all is well and peaceful. But he's going to be working nights for awhile. I can't put them in their own room, either. They aren't ready for it emotionally, and I'm waiting for their cues.