WE DID IT. We finally made the transition to both boys sharing a room! And what a blast it is! Truth be told, Atticus started sleeping through the night at 10 weeks old so technically this could have happened a long time ago, but I was savouring the days that Finny slept in until 8:30 or 9am for as long as I could.
I made the call to put them in the room together because I think the boys need to bond more. Since they both are on great nap schedules, and since their naps tended to cross over so one was awake while the other slept, they have only spent four hours a day together up until this point and about an hour of that Atticus was nursing so it wasn't time that they were interacting.
Now that Atticus is really active (would you believe he is almost crawling!? *insert sob face emoji*) he is getting a little bit more in Finn's space and into all the toys. Finny enjoys his brother and has been so good with him up to this point, helping fetch diapers, rocking Atticus in his bouncy chair, fetching Atticus toys that are baby friendly. But, I have noticed over the last few weeks that Finn has been getting progressively more frustrated with the fact that there is now a little person who he has to include and share everything with (and Atticus isn't just interested in baby toys anymore, he wants all the toys, ha!)
So what is my answer? Make them spend more time together. The idea here is that the more time they spend together the tighter they will get, especially time in the morning and at night when it's just the two of them in there. A little band of brothers, them against the world!
Would you believe that within two days of them sharing a room I have already seen a huge difference in Finny's disposition? He now says "Bring Acey!" or "Acey too!" which makes my mama heart burst with pride! I can see on our baby monitor when Finny wakes up in the morning and walks over to the crib and tries to roll it to rock it, or gives Ace his cherished Bunny (which he usually wants back within 1 minutes, causing a few tears when bunny is stuck inside the crib). Or when we go to the park and Finny wants to go on the swing and he goes "Acey swing too Mama!".
It has also made our bedtime routine a lot of fun. Now, rather than putting Finny down first and then nursing Atticus down, I sit on the bed and read them stories while Atticus nurses and then we say our family mantra, we pray, and then give kisses all around. Acey loves to roll around on the bed and Finny thinks its hilarious when Ace keeps rolling over to be closer to his big bro.
Oh these boys, they are such a delight and I can't wait to watch them grow in their love for one another!