Unlike many of my fellow friends that have tried everything to get their kiddos out of the family bed, I can't seem to get mine in. One of my kiddos, anyways. That would be...Anna Grace. She has absolutely no interest in sleeping with Mama.
This conversation transpired the other day.
ME: Anna Grace, do you want to cuddle up with Mama and sleep in her bed tonight?
ANNA GRACE: (with an "are-you-crazy-kinda-look" on her face) No, Mama, No!
ME: (whiny sad voice used for emphasis) Why? I love cuddling with you.
ANNA GRACE: (now with hands on hips and with very serious look on her face) Mama! I not a baby! I a big girl. I have my own bed. I sleep there.....every day!
Ummm....ok. So, there she remains. The only thing is that although we have a spare bedroom, she really loves being with the boys. It would be party time in there every night if we'd let them.
After much thought and to Scott's great joy because he gets to keep his office, Anna Grace will be rooming with Kai and AJ for the next couple of years. (I hope to move from here when Amanda graduates high school.) So, as we outgrow the toddler beds and cribs, I am thinking about bunk beds for the boys and a twin bed for her. With that, the cute barnyard motif will be going and I will be needing to come up with a decorating theme that will appeal to both genders. Somehow, Cinderella meets Lightning McQueen doesn't seem to blend too well in my mind.
Too say I'm frustrated is an understatement. All I could come up with is Diego and his upbeat, backpack-carrying cousin, Dora. I've pretty much had my Dora and Diego fill in the past two years, but the kids love 'em. And although I'm not a big fan of TV for kids, they really have learned a lot from watching them, including all three of them learning to count in Spanish. (A feat that their American Daddy has yet to accomplish after living with a Cuban for 11 years.)
I'd love to hear any other ideas you may have about girl/boy room decor that's not too baby-ish. If I can't come up with something soon, then I guess Dora and Diego will be movin' in.