As I look around our new house, I only see a few boxes left unpacked. There are still some bare walls (we need to buy a ladder and hang a large painting on our living room wall, for one) and our dining room is missing furniture (we’re going to get it tomorrow). But two weeks after our move (more on the actual move coming soon), we are largely settled. We finally have Internet in our home (thanks to a new cell phone that doubles as a WiFi HotSpot) and the boys’ playroom is getting a lot of use.
But one thing sticks out to me as a problem. Maybe not so much a problem, just an issue. And I’m wondering if you have some advice for me or maybe you want to tell me that your kids did the same thing and it went away.
We’re dealing with a bit of regression from both boys. For our oldest, Miles, who turned three last month, he is having potty problems. Namely, he doesn’t make it to the bathroom in time and we end up changing his underwear about a dozen times every evening (for some reason, it isn’t a problem in the mornings). I will hear or sense his panicked jumping from another room and instruct him to head to the bathroom, but by the time he gets there, he has wet underwear (“I peed in unnies again!”).
I tried making him a chart where he gets bright, colorful stickers with happy faces on the Dry Undies! side and sad, frowny faces drawn on the Wet Undies 🙁 side. But as it turns out, he likes seeing the frowny faces drawn almost as much as the happy faces. Chart-making fail on my part.
As for Spencer, he is having some troubles getting back into a good sleep routine after a crazy summer of sleeping in many different bedrooms. It’s getting better, but the boys aren’t both sleeping in their shared bedroom right now because Spencer is waking at random times during the night and crying. He goes back to sleep on his own, but because I don’t want to risk waking Miles, he is sleeping in the guest bedroom in the bonus room. I kinda feel like they’re all over the place right now.
Have your kids gone through a time of adjustment in a new house or new situation? How did you deal with it? Did you just wait it out or did you try something to help them adjust?
Even though we’re in this transition time, I have to say that we are in love with this house. It is absolutely perfect for us and we are so happy here. The boys have a fantastic playroom, a big bedroom where they will share many happy nights, and I am writing this post from the kitchen bar, where I have a perfect view of the boys in their playroom while I enjoy my morning coffee. We are beyond blessed and are very thankful for our new home.