Last weekend we made a very big switch at our house. The girls now share a bedroom!
We've been throwing the idea around for awhile now but just weren't quite sure about it. The way it suddenly happened last Sunday was that Joelle just started moving her stuff into Malia's room. It was all a big ker-schmozzle so we decided to just buck up and do it properly.
One of the problems with Joelle's old room is that when it's windy (which is very often around here), the way the wind blows it just made things really loud in her room. She used to come into our room in the middle of the night complaining that the wind was so loud. I'd tell her it wasn't that bad and I'd go back to her room with her to tuck her back in. Once I got to her room, however, I'd discover that she really wasn't over-reacting. It was definitely a lot louder in her room. Enough that it really was almost impossible to sleep, so on those really loud windy nights she would end up sleeping on the floor beside my bed.
We tried having the girls switch rooms one night just to see how that went. But it happened to be on a somewhat windy night as well, and especially with us always talking about it, Malia made a big deal about it. She can sleep through the worst of thunderstorms, so it likely wouldn't have been a big deal if we would've stuck with it but she really wanted her old room back pretty quickly.
So last Sunday, instead of having a lazy afternoon like we had anticipated, we ended up doing a lot of hard work making the switcheroo take place. Here is a shot of the girls in their new shared room! Joelle is especially happy about this switch because her current favorite color is green. :)
slight problem with buying TOO MANY CLOTHES!!
So how has it been going? Well, I have to say it has been going very well these first few nights. The daily fighting still happens of course, and sometimes there have been complaints about one of them being too loud or wanting to read longer than the other one when it's bedtime. I know it will take a bit of adjusting, but I am impressed with how successful it has been. In fact, Joelle has actually slept a lot better since rooming with her little sister. She would be up almost every night till after 10:00 with complaints of not being able to sleep, or worried about this or that, etc. But since sharing a room with her sister, she's been much more relaxed at night and sleeps a lot better.
My hope is that with this new shared space, these girls will learn to be more patient with each other and hopefully eventually decrease the amount of fighting that they do.That perhaps there will come a day when I send them upstairs to get ready for bed and instead of hearing foot-stomping, yelling and whines I will hear giggles and peacefulness.