Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Moving Around

Growing up I had every room in the house except the master bedroom, of course.

I had every room in the house several times.

When it was rainy, I would talk to a sibling and we would switch rooms.  When we got bored with our rooms, we would switch.  When we got old enough, we graduated to a much coveted basement room.  And then switched around down there.  There were seven kids and five available bedrooms.  Sharing was also a necessary part of life for everyone.  Until the oldest two moved out. 

And yet, we kept switching bedrooms.

That habit seems to have stuck with me.  When I turned 18, I moved every 3-6 months.  I don't like to stay in one place.  I like moving around, and having a new perspective.

Which would make it logical that I keep up my habits as a mother.

Spurred on by Keith.

Every day for quite a few months, Keith brought up the topic.

"Mom, can Faye sleep in my room?  Can I share a room with her?  Please?"

Silly boy.  He didn't know what he was getting himself into.

And so, today, the day was spent moving things around.  I took apart the crib, moved it into Keith's room, and my father came by and helped me put it together again.  Toys, books, all cleaned out.  Keith's room is currently a huge mess.

The computer and reading chair were moved into Faye's previous room.  I now have a dining area.  I am so excited about that!  We also have a library/study area.  We are thrilled about that as well.  And putting away toys will be so much easier now.  Same for clothes. 

The only problem is my children's resistance to change.  Faye hates change.  She slept through the night every night from the day she was born until the day we moved in with Jeffrey's parents.  We had just gotten her to sleep the night through again when we moved.  She finally started sleeping the night through again about a month (maybe two) before she turned one.  And now, bedtime is a nightmare.  Whether it is for naps, or the night, there is quite an ordeal.  She lets me know that she is not happy.  And she wakes up in the night.  Normally I would let her scream, but now that Keith is in the same room, I have to jump up and respond so it doesn't wake him up. 

We figured it would be better to let them get used to each other, used to sharing a room before we move again, because they will be sharing a room then.  The less trauma the better.

Tomorrow we will be cleaning and fixing their room.  Pictures will come when it is all put together.

What is it with me and making big projects for myself?  Sheesh!

And I have a nasty cold.  The sore throat that hurts to swallow and a yucky baby cough.  I am praying that Faye will sleep the night through so I can have a good nights sleep and get over this thing.  Faye is doing much better.  She actually likes her eye drops which I find very weird.  But it makes my life a whole lot easier so I am glad.  Bit goodness, if it isn't one person sick in this family, it is another.  I cannot wait until we are revisited by health.  And at least I can count my blessings that no one has really had the flu.  Knock on wood.

14 comments:

Mrs Montoya said...

Oh man - knock on wood, for sure!!! My daughter was knocked with the flu for an entire week and when I volunteered in her class this morning it was like a giant petri dish. I hope your family can fight it!!!

My kiddos shared a room for a while and sometimes I wish I had not split them up. I hope Faye sleeps well tonight. For everyone's sake :)

Darlene said...

Wow! What a busy gal you are with all that moving around. I do hope it all works out for you. It is too bad that Faye wakes up now during the night. That is a drag for you because losing sleep is not good for you. I'm sorry you are sick too. Darn, don't you just hate it when you get a sore throat and feel so lousy? I hope you all get better soon and that the kids get used to sharing a room.

Terra said...

Oh man did she sleep? I am sorry you aren't feeling well.

Hooker Family said...

It took my kids at least a month to get used to sharing a room. They would play together for hours before falling asleep and they wouldn't stay in their beds anymore after we put them down. It took some adjustment but it's great now! Good luck!

Sami said...

I hope you feel better soon, Amy! Being sick and being a mom do not really agree with one another...
Once my kids started sharing rooms, they couldn't go back to sleeping by themselves. It's weird. If one kid is sick, and quarantined in the guest bedroom, the sibling who shares a room with them will go sleep with the other two kids.
Hopefully your kids don't take long to adjust!

Noodle said...

my kids have shared a room from the day she came home from the hospital... There are a few nights that I wish they did not but for the most part I love it... They love it and when we move they will still be room mates... I even think if we have a thrid one that while they are small they will all share a room... I had to share a room with my brother until I was in the 3rd or so grade... I would have countiuned to share it but he moved in the the other boys... I think kids should have to share rooms... I think it helps teach them how to live and share with others...

Sue said...

It's so hard to have little ones share a room because they always seem to wake each other up. However, if that's how it has to be, what can you do, right?

Hope they adjust to each other soon!

=)

Lara said...

You are amazing. I am so the opposit of that. I like consistency! Although, I did rearrange my furniture often as a child....just within my own room. :)

Emmy said...

You are braver than I, I don't think my kids will ever sleep in the same room. Though I always shared a room growing up :)

Veronica said...

Wow, we moved around a lot but I never switched rooms unless we were moving. That sounds like so much fun!

Our girls share a room. They have bunk beds. I can't remember when they started that, I think when Katie was old enough to tell me she wanted to sleep in there with Brianna.

Now they can't stand sharing a room and want us to move to a bigger house so they can have separate rooms!

I can't win lol.

Looking forward to seeing pics when it's finished.

Hope you are able to get some rest and that you feel better real soon!

Em said...

I moved around a lot when I was little. I never had stability. I hope we never move again:) I love being in one place and not having to start over.

Francisca said...

I hope your cold is doing much better! That is always frustrating.

I love that Keith wants to share :) Right now I'm in a huge quandry over who should be sharing. The next house we have the option of each having a room BUT Callum loves being w/his siblings. Sometimes I think the twins should stick together and sometimes I think the boys should stick together... than I think maybe all of them should room.

Cherie said...

That is funny that you changed bedrooms all the time. We moved like 18 times while I was growing up so I changed my bedroom but it was not my choice, however moving does give you a chance to clean things out.
As for your kids I think overall kids that are small really enjoy sharing a room - they will get used to each other.

Lisa said...

I LOVE change like that! A woman after my own heart! I think we moved 10 times in the first 5 years of marriage! And I hate having my house the same... I'm constantly rearranging furniture now that we are in an 'established' home!