6 hours ago
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
The Odd Couple: Roomies
We bit the bullet and bought bunk beds. Michaela Byrd's room is much, much larger than Natalie's and it just made sense to move the girls into the larger bedroom.
I think sharing a room will be good for them. I shared a room with my younger sister until I was in 7th grade, and it was great.
Except that I hated it.
My sister used to sing every. single. Disney song she knew very quietly every night until I grew so incensed that I would start yelling. And then I would get in trouble. She's also bossy, and had all sorts of rules about who had to turn the lights out, the ceiling fan, etc. She's an evil genius, that one.
Being new to the whole concept of roommates, my girls were so excited that they jumped and danced and sang all afternoon as they *helped* T put the bunkbeds together. By the time bedtime rolled around, I was just sure that they'd be so exhausted that they'd fall into a deep slumber right away.
Several minutes after the lights went out, we heard loud singing, tiny quick footsteps overhead, and giggling. T snuck up to check on them, and found Michaela Byrd on the ladder with Natalie behind her. Natalie still claims that she was trying to keep her little sister off the ladder, but if you believe that I'll sell you a summer retreat in Antarctica.
I naively thought they'd sleep in after their late night, but they were up before 7, singing and playing hide and seek in their room. It was a nice way to wake up. For them.
Natalie was a true *pleasure* to deal with the rest of the day...a crankier 4 1/2 year old has never been found. She was so exhausted that she fell asleep on the floor in front of the TV that afternoon.
The bloom has come off of the rose, so to speak, and I've heard complaints this week that range from "Michaela talks to me when I'm trying to sleep" to "Lolly [Natalie] won't let me sing my song."
It could be a long 14 years until Natalie moves out.
Until then, I get to do some decorating, as the room is a complete and utter blank slate! I'll share more about their cute bedding another day.
For now, I'm going to figure out some way to sound proof their room....
*Come back tomorrow for a super-fabulous Blog Makeover Giveaway from Laura Jane Designs!