First off, credit where credit is due, I got this idea from Amalah (hi Amy!), who recently talked about finding a bunk bed for her two boys off of Craig's List. I could not find an equivalent deal because Craig's List in Atlanta sucks. No, not really--we even found our nanny off Craig's List when we first moved here and nothing is better than that--but I'm just a sad, bitter old woman who does not like to pay full price for things.
Anyway, after reading about how Amy got her kids bunk beds, I realized that Cal would totally go for the excitement of the upper berth, because, you know, he is a human boy. Also, our new house only (not to say "only," there's plenty of room, an embarrassment of riches compared to a Manhattan apartment) has three bedrooms, which means that we don't have a dedicated guest bedroom. And that is actually fine, no one ever visits us anyway because we are so hateful--but we did need an option for decamping one kid or another to a different room if we ever (glory!) did have people want to stay over. Adult people who don't want to sleep on a cheap couch. So. BUNK BEDS.
(This is a picture from the website--we're not that patriotic, especially when it comes to bedding.)
We needed to get the twin-over-full option because Mack is quite an energetic sleeper (I had to search around for that euphemism) and I am certain that him sleeping on a twin would be the equivalent of him sleeping on the floor 50% of the time. I know, there are railings for such things, but you underestimate his nocturnal gymnastics. If we put on hard bed railings, he would be Captain Subdural Hematoma. With his sidekick, Neuro Check Girl! (That's me.) Also, I wanted to find the kind of bunk bed that had stairs instead of a ladder, because I had some kind of vision that this would be safer. Not really safer? I don't know, I'm new at this. Anyway, the plan will be that the kids will have their own rooms, but when guests come over, Mack will sleep in Cal's room on the bottom bunk, while Cal sleeps on the top as usual.
We were going to hold off on the bunk bedding for a few months yet, because of, you know, the monies. But then my parents very kindly offered to get us the bed as a housewarming gift, and I was like oh you don't have to do that that's too much OK OK BUNK BEDS HUZZAH!
I slept in a bunk bed myself as a kid--my sister and I shared a room--and I remember it being a lot of fun. So here's to new adventures, and to hoping that my kids and the concept of critical velocity remain mutually exclusive.