Usually each child has their own room but as a "tryout" we moved Pollito in with Tortuga about two weeks before we went on vacation. We did this for several reasons. Both boys are afraid of the dark but wreak havoc if any nightlight is left on for them especially with peeing-in-all-the-wrong-places incidents. Pollito and Milagro technically share a room but he cannot be trusted with her right now so we have kept her in our room which adjoins theirs. In moving him out we were able to open the adjoining door and have her go back to sleeping in that room. That bedroom is also our main access to our wonderful deck so if we want to take advantage of early morning coffee on the deck we need access through that door. We knew there would be challenges including having to change bedtimes around because the boys make unwise choices when left alone together without much supervision (I do have a video monitor in their room.) Last night I unwisely sent Tortuga to bed without making sure Pollito was already asleep. Then I sent the girls to read in bed (Corazon's friend S. is spending the summer with us) and let them stay up later than usual before announcing lights out. I forgot to keep the monitor by my side and around 11 started hearing some noises from upstairs but didn't think much of it. About 45 minutes later as I made my way upstairs to check on the noise I picked up the monitor to hear bedlam. The girls were screaming (they called it singing) at the top of their lungs to "scare monsters away" and to "be louder" than the boys. The boys were hanging off their beds (literally and scarily) while Tortuga was teasing Pollito about holding his pee and trying to convince him to pee in his bed instead of getting up to use the potty (so much for all the potty-training!) and threatening to make up something to get him in trouble if he DID get up to use the bathroom. Tortuga was laughing maniacally and of course trying to be louder than the girls. I managed to miss most of the noise because it was muffled by the airconditioning fan/vent. After eavesdropping on both sets of conversations I tore into both rooms,
This morning I am dragging even after two cups of coffee and the girls are quietly sitting in separate rooms doing their morning journal prompts. None of us are not happy to be up at 6 a.m. but heck, misery loves company.