As an update to my last blog post, I have to say that putting Simeon in his own room had at least one particularly good effect. For the first time, he slept completely through the night. He has slept a few long stretches before, but nothing like last night. I put him to bed at 8:30, and he didn't wake up until 7:30 this morning. It was awesome! I felt like I had seen a light at the end of a very long, dark tunnel. Usually he wakes up several times in the night, and occasionally he will wake up in the middle of the night and not want to go back to sleep. Very frustrating.
I think Simeon is glad to be in his own room too. This morning when I went in to get him, he was sitting up in the crib and smiling, so happy. And it seems like today he had an extra skip in his step (metaphorically speaking, of course--he can't actually walk yet). I think it just gives more proof of why it's important to take those steps of letting go. It seems really hard, but once you do it, there are unforeseen benefits for you, and your kids are also happier. This is a lesson I am sure I will be relearning MANY times over the next, oh, twenty years or so.