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My boys have not slept through the night in weeks.

It started with a virus back at the end of February.  Two weeks worth of doctor visits, medicine, and sleeping with momma got everybody’s routine out of whack, and it seems that we just can’t get it together again. On top of that Braden, my two-year-old, has decided that his crib is NOT the place to be; he’s much too old for that sort of thing now.  In other words, nighttime is filled with a lot of tears and not so much sleep.

But this is not meant to be a pity party. (Not this time at least.  I’ll save that for another day.)

What I really want to tell you about is this.

headboard, an opportunity for joy

That, my friends, is a new headboard.

With our current lack of bedtime routine coupled with Braden’s refusal to sleep in his crib, we decided that now was as good a time as any to transition these boys to sharing a room.

My handsome handyman hubby is performing a labor of love.  (That’s hard work with sleep deprivation, you know.)  Our boys will each get their own twin bed made by their daddy.  How awesome is that? Something they can keep forever.  Something their own children can sleep in one day.

The only thing better than receiving a gift like this from your dad is getting to be a part of the process and working on it together.

No, the toddlers are not manning the power tools.  But they are watching.  And learning.  And playing.

They get to be around their daddy when he is in his element.  They get to see what he is good at, what brings him joy.  And they get to be a part of that.  This is the best way to learn.

toddler handyman, an opportunity for joy

Colby was able to tinker around with his own little set of tools. He got to spent time outside enjoying the sunshine.  And he watched as his new bed took shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Braden even ran outside to join in on the fun.

 

toddler handyman, an opportunity for joy

Don’t worry.  I paused long enough to snap a picture of this irresistible cuteness and then took the barefoot boy back into the house to get him properly dressed for such activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see, not only is our bedtime routine out of whack, our house itself is in a state of disarray.  And it will probably remain that way until this project is through.  (This is the point where I remind myself of that priority list that I made a while back to help myself with balance.)  But as soon as those beds are in place, we will begin working on a new bedtime routine.

This is a phase; we will sleep through the night again at some point.  For now, we are choosing to see the joy in this phase.  A disruption in routine resulted in an opportunity.  An opportunity to create, inspire, nurture curiosity…and simply be together.

Even when our children are young, we can involve them in our activities.  They probably won’t last the entirety of the project.  In fact, they may only last a few minutes.  But it’s including them that is important.  Allow your children to be a part of it.  They will learn so much.

What are some of your daily routines, as well as your passions/hobbies, that you could have your children be a part of?

Note: I apologize for the late Thursday post.  As you can tell, we are a little discombobulated right now.  I will keep you updated on our journey towards a shared bedroom….and the progress of the twin beds.

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