Last week was Finn's first week sleeping without the railing on his big boy bed. He's done great and we haven't heard any loud thuds in the middle of the night, so hopefully he will continue to be fine without it. As you can see in the picture below, we put a pillow on the edge of the nightstand just in case, but I don't think he's a big mover in his sleep as he is usually still right in the middle of the bed after nap and in the morning.
Our bedtime routine usually starts around 7:45. Bath night is every other night, and the goal is to have the kids in bed right around 8pm. Sometimes Mary goes to bed a little earlier and Finn a little later, but it's usually somewhere in that ballpark.
Each night Finn picks out one or two books and one of us (usually Miles) lays in bed and reads to him. Mary occasionally joins in on story time.
But she usually is too tired and hungry to have any patience for stories. So our normal routine consists of me feeding Mary in the nursery while Miles reads to Finn. I rock with Mary for a little bit and sing her "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" before I put her down for the night. She is still wrapped in a swaddle wrap, we just leave her hands free. Once I've put her to bed, I go in and join Finn and Miles who are usually close to done with reading by that point.
Lately, Finn wants us to both get in bed with him and snuggle, so we happily oblige. After we've finished stories, we say goodnight to whatever random toy Finn wants to say goodnight to, "goodnight cement mixer, goodnight long train" and then we snuggle and say our own goodnights. Finn is still very much a daddy's boy, but he always requests to "snuggle with Mama" right before he goes to sleep which makes my heart a big puddle of mush.
I say the same thing to both kids, "goodnight, I love you. Happy dreams," and then close the door - thankful for the precious kiddos I get to put to bed each night. . . .and for the peace and quiet.