The first big transition was switching from cribs to toddler beds about a month before the 3rd birthday. Difference between girls and boys: once in toddler beds the girls go to bed with no issue and stay there all night and the boys party it up until they crash. From kicking the walls, breaking a bed (too much jumping), pinning Ben under a mattress, locking Ben in the closet, climbing anything they can, emptying clothes bins all over the floor, to conspiring on how to get out of the room (it's childproofed locked from the inside), I never know what I'll find when I go in their room. Over time, it's gotten slightly better, but the "frat parties" continue. Also, the new thing is, when the girls wake up (always before the boys) they'll go in the boys room to get them up too. Not cool girls. Not cool.
|One time after nap they walked out like this. They were fully clothed when I put them to nap.|
|Sweet sisters can share toddler beds if they want to|
The freedom of no pen transition was much smoother and I like having my living room back! At first they weren't sure what to do with the open space, but got over that real quick. Dance parties, ring around the rosie, chase, obstacle courses, car race tracks have all filled up that space at one time or another.
On the other hand, potty training is the WORST. I'll repeat that one- WORST. Sometime I feel like the whole house smells like pee. We started training all 5 at once and after a week I was at my wit's end. Put Leaky Levi (he earned that one) back in diapers. Fortunately Caroline, Andrew, and Ben started catching on and their pretty good now. Still random accidents, but not bad. Allison is some sort of camel child and doesn't go. So, she can pull off that she's trained, but she's really not. We restarted Levi a few weeks ago and miraculously he caught on quickly and is at the same level as the others. Since none of the traditional training methods were really going to be feasible for me, I made up my own. Started out rewarding for dry pants every few minutes and expanding to every 30 minutes and they got bigger rewards for using the potty. Once they got the hang of dryness, only going potty was rewarded. The week I restarted Levi I had sticker charts for everyone hoping to stir up some friendly sibling competition. They really took to those quickly and it helped Levi a great deal, but poor camel Allison only had 1 sticker while everyone else had completed theirs. Still works in progress, but we're heading in the right direction. And on a positive note, we haven't had any poop paintings in quite some time and the boys have learned to "point it down". As one of my boys has said, "Mommy, don't hold down my penis!" You can't make this stuff up.