A few days ago, a reader named Mari Mari left this comment on a post "since you're talky talkative, wouldn't you like to share with us details about your sleeping arrangements? Now that you have to make room for one more bed/crib/sleeping stuff, I`m very curious to know how do you fit so many beds in a house, if kids share room, and what about boy/girl ratio, does it count at all? :-)"
Mari Mari, thank you so much for asking this question! Even if you're the only one interested, placenta brain has prevented me from having a coherent blog thought in some weeks now, so rooming conditions at La Casa Borobia are going to have to suffice for err'body.
First, I'll note that we have a fairly large house (I think it's 2100 square feet or so) with four whole rooms devoted almost entirely to sleeping. Historically, and in terms of the rest of the world, the amount of space we've got to work with is enormous. Second, I don't like a lot of "stuff." There is a good amount of purging going on around here pretty much at all times. And finally, the bedrooms really are just used for beds and clothing. All toys and books (besides what is squirreled away in closets and under beds like so many precious nuggets of contraband) are kept in the den/family room/play room/ school room. Yes, that's a long name, apt for that huge expanse of space. Really it's the extra living space that makes the bedroom situation so doable, by the way.
So, yes. My kids share rooms. Here's how it's divided up right now:
bedroom #1: the mama and the papa and a bassinet for the baby and a small toddler bed for nighttime foolishness, nighttime nightmares, nighttime tummy aches, and all other annoying nighttime things perpetrated by miniature walking humans.
bedroom #2: the baby room. This room is tiny, tiny, tiny. Mary sleeps in there in her crib and we've recently wedged a toddler bed back in there that no one is using until Mary moves into it and Pointy Bird starts using the crib. This is all in fantasy land right now, of course, because who knows what his temperament and sleeping habits are going to be like. This can make baby sleeping arrangements berry berry tricky.
bedroom #3: Katie and Cecilia in twin sized bunk beds. Clothing in closet and drawers. A shelf of treasures. Squirreled away contraband. The end.
bedroom #4: Lizzy and Paul in an identical twin sized bunk bed. Clothing not in closet and drawers but rather strewn about the floor in a manner that makes me want to poke my eyes out. A shelf of treasures, overflowing. Not-squirreled-away contraband. The end.
What I imagine will happen eventually is that Mary will move in with Lizzy and Paul will move in with PB. At what point and into which rooms this will occur remains to be seen. I can promise that there will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth when this happens, of course, because I can't stand finding all the criz-nap that they've been shoving into corners and behind dressers and where did I go wrong as a mother???? Oh, you thought the children would be the ones crying? No, I think they won't care much.
So really that makes only 2 kids per sleeping room along with an enormous play room with all manner of toys and tools and costumes and dolls and musical instruments and three huge bookshelves and a craft table and an armoire full of fabric and craft supplies and a desk with a computer and a printer and...dang. My kids have a really great life, don't they? We could easily fit at least three more kids after PB up in here with all this space!