Maybe it's an eldest child thing as, pretty much since he was born, my six year has well and truly fought against my attempts to be the world's least pushiest parent and rushed through life determined to be first, to be best, and most definitely to be ten steps or more ahead of his younger brother.
And maybe it's a youngest child thing as, in complete contrast, my four year old is rarely in any hurry to tackle anything, particularly getting dressed in the morning ... especially getting dressed in the morning ... which is why he's often seen sporting pyjamas come mid afternoon.
He's a little boy who approaches milestones with reluctance. On more than a handful of occasions he has stomped his foot and questioned why he's unable to remain four forever. A true Peter Pan. But with a mother who he positively clings to and hides behind to eye both family and strangers with caution and slight suspicion.
Yep, his first proper day at school on Monday is going to be interesting. Today? He's going. Other days? He doesn't think he'll bother.
However, during the summer holidays, he met one milestone with pure joy ... and bouncing, a whole lot of bouncing. A brand new, big boy bed of his very own. Not a hand me down from his brother. And not the bottom bunk of an old, slightly smaller than average bunk bed. A real life, proper grown up, single bed. What an upgrade!
Kindly sent to him by the UK's fastest-growing bed store, Happy Beds, it's a veritable sleep palace compared to his bed of yore. He initially spied the London Bus bunk bed on the website and fell in love. It's a fantastic bed but I had longevity in mind so steered him to the more classic Chester. It doesn't have wheels and windscreen wipers but I think it's pretty perfect ... and ideal for a growing boy who occasionally has to give his bed up for his grandmother (I'm not so sure how my mum would feel about sleeping in a bus bunk ... it would have been fun to see the look on her face, though) - oh, and if you ever have to quickly transform a child's bedroom for visitors, have a read of this post on The Comfort Zone about preparing the perfect guest room..
The bed fits beautifully in the corner of his bedroom nestled amongst the mountain range we painted a couple of months ago (you can read more about the funny tale behind the mountains here). I put the bed together by myself whilst also keeping the boys entertained and it was so simple. Two hours in and it was up and looking wonderful. The stone white and oak frame is simple but chic. An ideal choice for children, young adults or a guest bedroom.
Because my youngest seems determined to empty every toy shop of Lego and scatter it liberally around our home, the two underbed storage drawers are so welcome. So, so welcome. The Chester single bed is currently for sale at £174.99 and I would definitely recommend paying the additional £90 for the two drawers. They fit so neatly underneath and house such an incredible amount of toys that we can actually see the floor in my son's room for once (a modern day miracle, believe me).
With dino bedding, a soft, navy throw stolen from my bed, and the fluffiest rug, it's an ideal little corner for my eternal dreamer. Somewhere to rest and play while conjuring up imaginative scenarios in which he never grows up.
The switch to a proper big boy bed has been a seamless transition. I'm wishing for the same luck when he starts school for real on Monday. I just need to wrestle him out of his pyjamas once and for all first. No mean feat!
I've also written a post for the Christy blog about how you can transform a child's room in to a chic guest bedroom in ten simple steps. I'll let you know when it's live but here's a sneak peek featuring the gorgeous Chester bed, too.