We didn't think it was fair..so we're doing something about it!
When we moved into our bigger apartment (from 2br/1 bath to 3br/1.5 bath) it was so the girls could each have their own room. We told them about it. It really only registered with SD (4) and she got very excited at the prospect of having her own room. But about a month after we moved, I found out I'm pregnant. We figured the thing that made most sense was to have SD and DD continue to share the larger of the 2 rooms and put the baby in the smaller, middle room. We told SD and she was less than thrilled.
But the more we think about it, the less fair we think it is. Now, it won't kill kids to share a room. SD and DD are used to it by now. But of all the things SD has gone through this year I think making her give up having her very own space is neither kind or wise. So, DH and I talked today and decided that we will give SD the middle room and put DD (2) and the new baby in together.
We think this will work out ok because SD gets up at least once but sometimes as many as 3 times in a night. She's a very light sleeper. But she's not quiet when she gets up. DD is never bothered by her and will go back to sleep without a fight if she even wakes up at all. DD is a VERY good sleeper. Has been since dang near birth. So we think that a baby probably won't be any more intrusive on her sleep than SD is.
BUT, in case we're wrong and we have a colicky baby..we will move the baby into our room until he/she sleeps through the night better. Once the baby gets a little bigger we'll look for a house that can better accomodate us.
We're not going to tell SD until the room is ready to be moved into. When we moved in we made it a catch all for the boxes we didn't need to unpack immediately. Which is making it a HUGE chore now. We're going to wait until the new bed we ordered comes in and let SD pick out her bedset and curtains and stuff.
I can't wait for her to see it!! I know she is going to be so thrilled that she really is getting her very own room. :)
Just wanted to share.