I don't know if this is a problem that is ever going to get solved. I fear the only way to accomplish it is to shatter my boys knee caps, and I don't want to live with that on my conscience. Besides I would have to carry them more than I already do. The problem is one that many parents face, their bed is no longer their own.
It's been this way since Tyler started sleeping in a big boy bed, sometime in the middle of the night, the pitter patter of little footsteps can be heard making their way from his room to mine. Only now the problem is double, Carter is doing the same thing. We have one of those big King beds but it's amazing how much space little kids can take up, especially the younger one. Tyler really hasn't been that much of an issue as he sleeps nearest to my wife, Carter on the other hand can only sleep when he is pressed up against someone - which is usually me. I am forced to sleep on the very edge of the bed usually with a knee stuck in my back, or an elbow on my neck choking the life out of me. Hey if he chokes me to death maybe then I could actually get some sleep right.
Carter is a rock. Only he is also like a boomerang too. Every time I pick him up to move him over, he immediately rolls right back to where he was, if not closer. That leaves me with even less room than I started with, and less sleep than I wanted to get.
At first it was cute.
The boys wanted to cuddle, and who are we to pass that opportunity up. Everyone always says, enjoy it now because soon enough they won't want to run to your bed. Well, I'm ready. I would like sleep, uninterrupted sleep that is.
One solution I guess would be to lock my door, but I know that would only lead to banging and it would wake me up anyway. Another thing friends of ours tried was to turn the locks around on their door and lock them in their room at night. I have no issue if you want to do that, but I in my right mind cannot lock my kids in their room. I do not run a prison, although sometimes I feel like I am in one, and I just think there a safety issue involved with that.
What am I left with?
My only options are two. One, I suck it up until they go off to college or I sleep in their beds. I have sometimes gone with option two and it has worked, so from now on, I'm taking back their beds. They can have mine.
I just hope they don't pee in it!