Tuesday, September 25, 2012

This is where you lay your head

Bedtime is farcical in this house. Bedtime is strictly 7.15pm. The boys watch for it on the clock and then race to their beds. We read two stories and sing a song, tuck them in, kiss their cheeks, and whisper goodnight. And all is quiet. For about 30 seconds.

Then they get up. Again. And again. And again and again and again. They empty their shelves and drawers. Giggle and chat crescendos into hysterical hyper laughter. And out they come again. We're lucky if they're asleep by 8.30 - gently sleeping and deeply breathing amongst a room that looks as though its been ransacked.

We have tried threats, shouts, time outs, ignoring it, playing along, separating them, and everything else we can think of. We have been at the point where we almost decided that actually separating them for good - into their own separate bedrooms - might be the answer. 

But yet we can't.

Why? Because they're children. Sharing a room is one of the most wonderful things about childhood. We are lucky they are such good friends, lucky they adore each other and don't tire of each other's company. They DO sleep. Even if it is eventually. And what is a few books strewn around in the face of a magical childhood with your best mate by your side?

So they'll stay together. Until they tell us they don't want to. We have realised it's not our decision to make.


  1. This is such a lovely room, Its lovely how you have incorpoated the blue and red through the room. Lucky Boys!

  2. What an amazing bedroom! You've done such a wonderful job! I've just stumbled across your blog and Immie&Ollie! I have a sister and many friends who would love the look of your gorgeous pram liners. Sadly my daughter is 4 and thinks she doesn't need her stroller anymore :( which means I have to run after her on shopping trips!

    You're little twinnies are adorable! I take my hat off to you... Mummy to 3 year old twins and Entrepeneur! Looking forward to enjoying your space with a cup of coffee :)

    Sophie xo

  3. I love that you won't separate them - I remember sharing rooms with my siblings. They will get to an age when they won't want to share - one day. The up and down stage is'nt forever - when they are sleepy teens you won't be able to get them out of bed!

  4. The boys' bedroom is so beautifully decorated - love the colour scheme and love the decor! Hope you find a solution to the sleeping issue x


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