I've been equally as worried about Spencer transitioning into sleeping alone in his bedroom once Cate left for school, as I had been worried about Cate leaving for school. I've talked before about my boy and his unending desire to "be with people", so this change for him had been much anticipated and long in coming.
Spencer has always been a people person. Since his first moments of being cradled in his big sister's arms, my boy has always thrived on simply being in the presence of other people. He gains energy, strength, passion and interest from being around others. If I ever need to discipline him all I have to do is tell him to spend 15 minutes alone and that is terrible to him. (BTW, I rarely do this. I don't really do much "disciplining" around here. I don't know why.)
So, when we got back from Utah, Wes and I were hoping and praying that our boy would make the jump to sleeping by himself with out any major drama, and guess what? He did. Like it was no big deal.
He even tried to convince his best friends (twins who live across the street) that they should split up and have their own bedrooms, because "that's just the way it is".
It is a weird relief to Wes and I that he's finally crossed this bridge. I mean, the fact that we lay in bed at night practically giddy that our eleven year old son just up and went to his room and fell asleep in his bed is kind of strange, I'll admit. But, it's a victory and we are going to revel in it, whether it is wacky or not. Hallelujah!
BTW- I just got off the phone with Cate and she just accepted a part-time job at school. She'll be working in the testing center at the front desk. WTG Miss Cate!