Two weeks ago we moved Vik’s crib into Vijay’s room. The boys have been asking to share a room for the past few months, and with everyone having established solid sleep habits, we decided to give it a shot. It has been one of the sweetest things I have witnessed as a mother. Once I tuck them both in, I often stand outside their door for a few minutes and listen to their conversations, which mostly revolve around potty humor. It usually takes at least two or three warnings before they finally settle in and fall asleep- first they have to chat, then they toss things from the bed to the crib, occasionally we hear the patter of little feet as Vijay sneaks out of bed to grab more books or retrieve a pillow he tossed at Vik. When they hear us coming up the stairs to tell them to quiet down, they dive under their covers and hide, giggling non-stop.
The truth is that these boys have a special relationship. It’s as close-knit as I’ve seen between siblings, and I think that is due to two things: being so close in age and always being together. It’s also due to their personalities; Vijay loves being a big brother and has never, not even once, displayed signs of jealousy towards Vik. He seemed to understand as soon as Vik was born that his job was to be an older brother, and take care of him. He takes that job seriously. Vijay started school this past fall, and only attends two mornings a week. So other than that, the boys are always, always together and have been since the moment Vik was born. I’m not great at organizing playdates or meeting up with other moms- we kind of make our days up as we go. We are always out and about, at the children’s museum, library or gymnastics, but it’s always the three of us, which means the boys have become their own best friends. Things will be changing soon enough as Vijay’s school days ramp up next year, and Vik starts preschool. My emotions are running high these days as it feels like we are nearing the end of an era. I’ve been at home with the boys for over four years now and that might be changing in the near future as well. Things are shifting- it is all good- but I’m holding on to this time we have together, appreciative of every moment, even the frustrating and tiring moments.
The boy’s room is a work in progress- it’s very simple, just Vijay’s bed, Vik’s crib, a small shared dresser, and a bookshelf. I’d love to get bunk beds once they are big enough- I know they’d have a blast with that. But for now…it is perfect.
P.S. For those of you in other parts of the country flaunting pictures of blooming trees and bright sunny skies, I’m going to need you to cut that out. Here’s a little snapshot of what we’re enjoying here on the East Coast. I know….life isn’t fair, but do you have to rub it in? 🙂 We had another epic snowstorm last week, though this weekend the sun peeked through and started melting the snow. Though we’ve got a long way to go until spring.