Your mom had been pushing for a co-sleeping Montessori bedroom arrangement since you were born, and some twenty months later, she finally gets what she wants.
For the past year, you had your own room, but because you spent less than fours a day there, we commandeered it and turned it into an office. You would go to sleep fine in your Montessori floor tent bed (literally a mattress sitting on some generic wooden slats all shoved into a tent), but you always woke up in the middle of the night and would just end up in our bed. To save myself from more bruised shins and walking into things in the dark, we finally decided to just move your Montessori-style floor bed into our room.
The two concepts, co-sleeping and a Montessori floor bed, seem at odds, but the hybrid sleeping arrangement works well for all of us (including the dog)!
You have an element of independence since you can move freely in and out of your tent bed and choose what you want to wear in the morning (we could probably get away with just hanging three shirts there since you just rotate between polar bears, dinsosaurs, and airplanes). The structure of the tent physically carves out your own personal space, and you go to town bouncing around in it like you are in a WWF cage match with your stuffed animals.
You obviously also have us just a few feet away, and while you do often end up co-sleeping with us, the fact you have your own bed still makes me feel like my bed is actually my bed. Then again, we both love co-sleeping with you because you’re so soft and chubby…and what better thing to wake up to than you bolting upright at 6 in the morning with an emphatic “Hi guys!”