After putting our girls to bed for the night two nights ago, my husband and I sat on our bed in our bedroom and watched the newest episode of Psych. While we did so, the girls talked and played quietly in their room, and we were a little too tired to care about how late it was and that our girls were still awake.
So, after our show was over, I came in to their room to tell them it was high time they actually went to bed. To my surprise, both of my daughters were on the top bunk. They wanted to sleep together. The daughter who was supposed to be sleeping on the bottom bunk had even brought up her pillow and blankets.
And I thought it was adorable! My girls’ first “slumber party.” While my girls had from time to time previously tried to convince us that they wanted to sleep together, those nights usually ended up with them just playing and talking and never settling down to go to bed. So, we’ve often been leery about any desires they have had about sleeping together. After all, they haven’t shared a bed since they were about 4 months old.
So, I let my girls both sleep on the top bunk that night. But, I told them they actually had to sleep, and soon, otherwise, one would have to go on the bottom, as it was very late at night. And would you believe that they did indeed sleep?
Last night, we put one on top and one on bottom, but after we left the room, both of them were soon on top again. But, we explained, again, that they actually had to go to sleep, and tonight, much, much sooner than the night before. We put one at the foot of the bed with her pillow and blankets and the other at the head, and sure enough, soon they were asleep.
I am still amazed that they both want to sleep together. They haven’t ever been those twins who always have to touch each other, or be near the other to sleep. But, they understand now that they are twins, that they are different, special. And I love that. They do have a special connection.
My question now is how long will this last? Will they continue to want to share a bed? And should we have just gotten one twin bed instead of the bunks those few months ago, because it looks like they don’t need two beds now?!
Did your twins ever share a big bed? At what ages? For how long?
ldskatelyn is a wife and mother of newly turned three year old fraternal twin daughters, and a newborn son. She writes all about her life on her blog What’s Up Fagans?