Today we moved the girls into their new big girl beds. A set of bunk beds from Sarah's grandma's house. Painted "Snow Fall" with new hardware. In a room recently painted "Velvet Slipper". With quilts and pillow shams that Mommy made just for each little girl. (Basically non-stop painting and sewing around here.)
Much girly-er. Something on the walls might be nice. But it would probably just be taken down. The adjustment to a shared room and real big girl beds is proving to be just that. A true adjustment. It took the girls two hours to fall asleep at naptime today. We put Vivian on the top bunk in hopes that it would convince her to stay in bed. No such luck. She jumped out several times with no problem whatsoever. At one point, Mommy walked in to find Miriam trying to hoist Vivian back into her bed. Viv's taken down the crucifix above her pillow and there are bite marks in the fresh paint on the guard across the length of her bed. Miriam complained that the bed was just "too cozy" so she couldn't fall asleep. Well, there are certainly worse things.
When we started moving furniture and clothes from Vivian's room (aka The Nursery) into the now shared bedroom, Vivian wasn't sure she liked this plan at all and blamed Baby. "Baby is taking away my bed," she stated as she lay in her old crib as motionless as possible (not very still at all, really, because she is just the Viv after all), trying to reclaim the space for herself. But by nap time she was thrilled about this new bed and could hardly contain herself, much less try to lay still.
They are very excited about their beds. Hence not being able to fall asleep. And we know it will get easier to go to sleep in the same room as time goes on. But we'd really like that to go a little more smoothly in the future. If for no other reason than we'd feel more prepared for Baby.
So we'll keep you posted on the new shared bedroom situation. Until then, pray for our parental patience.