It's been a while since we did a Big Project around the house, and when that happens, I tend to get a little antsy, which is why I've suddenly decided the kids need bunk beds.
Oh, sure, there are actual CONCRETE reasons why introducing bunk beds to our home would be a good and perfectly safe and satisfying idea. For starters, Lucy is growing (as children seem to do) and since her 30-odd stuffed animals take up an entire foot of real estate at the head of her bed, she's running out of leg room in her toddler bed. This kind of thing happens and it really shouldn't surprise me given that her next birthday – although still five months away – will raise her age to a seemingly impossible FOUR ENTIRE YEARS OLD. We'd also love the extra floor space it would open up in our small house. And the kids sleep in a bunk bed at my parents' house, so I feel completely fine about bunk beds when it comes to safety; of course, there's also the very important thing about how my children are three and five and still (STILL!) do not get out of their beds EVER EVER EVER unless it is very obviously morning and the clock says that it is past 7am, and even then it's just Asher. Lucy just lays in her bed awake until we go in after her. I KNOW HOW LUCKY WE ARE.
The kids think it's awesome to sleep in the same room; they think it's THE MOST AWESOMEST THING EVER to go to Dave's parents' house and sleep in the same BED together – they would love sharing a room. And apparently I conditioned them during their infancy/toddlerhood to ONLY SLEEP IN BEDS, so even if they're exhausted and cranky and miserable, they will NOT drop off to sleep in a car or on a couch or in front of a movie. And even though that's PRETTY ANNOYING at times, it does mean that once they're in their beds, they're pretty much ready to go to sleep and they don't mess around. So I think they'd transition without issue.
But even though Lucy will need a bigger bed at some point and even though opening up more floor space would be nice and even though the transition to two kids sleeping in one room would be a pretty simple affair, I kind of wonder if I'm just bored and want to get bunk beds so I have some kind of project to keep me busy. I'M SO BORED LATELY, YOU GUYS. I'm the kind of bored where you'd THINK I'd be blogging all the time and Twittering away and instead I'm the kind of bored where I'm doing nothing so I have nothing to really inspire me to blog. We're having a great summer, and the kids and I are really enjoying each other most days and I'm reading a lot of books (A LOT OF BOOKS), but... I don't know. I'm in this place where I'm not stimulated intellectually (in other words, ain't no freelance work in this joint, like, AT ALL), and not that we're destitute or anything, but I realize that if I was able to generate SOME income, it would be incredibly helpful.
It's this weird place to be – I will have some free time on my hands in the fall, but I can't find a job that fits into that tiny mold. I could probably find something I like to do OUTSIDE the home, but I'm not sure finding childcare would make it worth it. I feel compelled to contribute SOMETHING to our household, and yet I also know that we are technically fine WITHOUT me contributing, as has been the case for the last seven-ish months, though at times it gets a little tight. I also know that sometimes the fact that I feel compelled to contribute makes Dave feel a little icky (he is the kind of man who identifies strongly as a Provider, and I am fine with that) and sometimes I wonder if I feel compelled because I want to see that money go into our savings account (as much of it could) or if I just want the freedom to shop more. I don't NEED to shop more, let's be clear.
So it remains to be seen whether The Great Bunk Bed Project of 2012 has been born out of necessity or boredom, though it appears to be a bit of both. I just need to find SOMETHING to keep me busy before I start thinking that I might as well have a third child or something. You know, just delay the inevitable Going Back to Work Full-Time thing as long as possible. NOT THAT I'VE THOUGHT ABOUT THAT. (HA HA HA YES I HAVE.)
Anyway, if you have bunk bed recommendations or tips or tricks, send them my way. I know about changing the top sheet of doom (and that I will probably rarely do it), but do you have any other ideas about bedding or where you got yours or what I should look for when it comes time to buy some? Hopefully Craigslist will pull through for us, but you'll kindly remember that I had to RETURN SOMETHING I bought on Craigslist, so if I could find something new for the approximate price I might pay for something on Craigslist and avoid the horror that is making another poor decision, that would be preferable. Also note that these don't have to be SUPER NICE beds – we plan on moving in another couple of years, and I don't want to buy really nice stuff that might not go in our next home. I'll be happy if they last, yes, but chances are that when we move, we'll split the kids up into their own rooms again and we already have a full-sized bed in storage for Asher and hope to give Lucy our queen-sized one so that Dave and I can get one of those fancy king-sized beds where you can roll over for days and make snow angels and almost never touch anyone. SHUT UP, WE ARE STILL IN LOVE. We are just kind of tired of each other's hot breath on our necks.
And now here's a picture of Lucy. If Survivor is still on in 2030, she'll be an excellent candidate to win the whole thing.