All along this adoption process, one of our biggest fears was convincing Ben to move into Sam's room. He loves his room and his privacy. We decided to let them pick out some cool new things from Ikea and "bribe" him along. At the store, we had a cool new bunk bed and accessories all picked out when Ben suddenly realized these new things would go in Sam's room not his. Huge meltdown ensued and we went home empty handed. We decided to give him some time. However, that night at bedtime, Ben suddently announced that he just wanted to move his bed into Sam's room. We seized the opportunity and got to moving right away! This is a pic of them together in their new "big boy" room the first night. Sam, of course, was so excited to have his cool big brother move in. We later added some glow-in-the-dark stars and planets on the ceiling and a new aquarium lamp, and they are happy as two clams, proud as can be of their new room.
Not sure what prompted Ben's change of heart, but they have done so well in there together and seem to be even closer as a result. The funny part is, we avoided telling them they had to share a room because of Allie. We didn't want them to resent her. Well, we pulled it off because several weeks later, Ben had an "ah-ha" moment. His eyes got real big and he said, "Mommy, I know! Now Hee Young can have my old room!" We told him what a smart idea and now we're getting to work on Allie's room!