Yes, I am still bribing my children to sleep in their beds for the entire night and to fall asleep without me sitting with them. I had purchased some items months before Christmas for Christmas gifts but when I started wrapping presents, I felt like there was more than enough so I shoved those items back under my bed (my hiding spot) for another day.
So for the past two weeks, gifts have included piggy banks (for Anna and Em because there was already one in Allie's room), a Donald Duck plushy, a mini Tinkerbell with some outfits and items from another Belle set.
Of all the princesses, Belle is their favorite. We now have three of these Belle dolls and a variety of outfits. Of course, there is arguing over who gets which Belle. "I want the one with the long hair." We have two Chips and two Mrs. Potts. Of course, there is arguing over who should play with them and which ones. Because they are slightly different. Of course.
I have three brothers so I did have to share but for the most part, my toys were my toys. I know that it must be difficult to have to share almost all of your toys with two sisters but I don't want to end up with duplicate or triplicate of everything. That seems like an indulgent waste to me.
I am finding that allowing the girls to pick their weekly prize/surprise is more effective than me giving them a few small items that have to be shared. Rich wanted to start weaning them off of the weekly gift thing but based upon how the past two weeks have gone, I think it is too early. And if I have to spend $30 a week to get some sleep, it is so worth it to me. I have to work so I don't mind spending a miniscule portion of my earnings on sleep.
Em is still the biggest offender. Almost every night, I wake up to the sound of her running into my bedroom. Some nights it only happens once. Some nights it doesn't happen at all. Some nights it happens three times. I always pick her up and hug her while I carry her back to her room. I tell her that she is doing a great job and only has a few more hours left of sleep before she can come cuddle with me. Sometimes I have to remind her that she can't have a prize at the end of the week if I have to sleep in her bed.
Last weekend, the girls moved a bunch of furniture from their "family dollhouse" to the kitchen table and pretended that it was Belle's castle.