April 17th, 2011 by: cheyenne

The bathroom is almost done, I think. Everything seems to be just about ready to be finished except that it is waiting on some other really minor thing that probably involves a trip to Lowes to buy some lame part that they probably won’t have (but Home Depot might). We can at least take showers now. That happened only a few days ago.

In other non-construction-related news, Ronin desperately wants a bunkbed. Like, she has never actually really wanted anything before in her life, mostly because her attention span has generally been acute and fleeting. However, she has fixated on the bunkbed and talks about it at length. Repeated trips to Ikea in futile attempt to purchase things they are always out of does not help any (the bunkbed in question is from Ikea, naturally).

We are not too worried that she’ll fall out in the night; she has managed to grow into a fairly low-key sleeper, astoundingly enough. We thought we might remove the bottom bed and make a play-house for her instead. She would LOVE that, and how adorable would that be anyway?!

In the end, we set up a chart on the refrigerator with spaces for 21 stickers. At the end of each day if she is non-combatant about dinner and eats—nay, acknowledges or even just licks—one or more of the vegetables on her plate, and if she gets ready for bed without a major meltdown, we declare the day a raging success and she can pick out a sticker to stick on the chart.

She is beside herself with excitement over the chart but I’m not entirely sure she really gets the concept. She has never been one to be swayed much by bribery. We’ll see how it goes.

4 Comments on “Bunkbed”

  1. Rodger says:

    Thanks a bunch for this post. It made me laugh. What a fun kid!

  2. Peg Bowden says:

    I think I would like a bunk bed like that one in the picture too. —Mom

  3. Larry says:

    It will be an intriguing saga for 21 days.. i will look forward to it.
    Cheryl used a similar idea in her classroom and it served as a playhouse and puppet stage… a real success there…. and the skeleton of it is still in our barn.
    Its fun to see the house come together- all the way from the south of the South Island of New Zealand :) Hugs

  4. Anonymous says:

    we started the chart thing a while back with maddox. if he stays in bed until the yellow light turns green in the morning then he gets a bear on his chart (calendar). like you, i wasn’t really sure he grasped the concept. but it worked! at least for a while. now he’s teething, so all bets are off. but kids like to see their progress. good luck!

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