When I was in high school, I read All the King's Men and was most fascinated by the main character's (Jack's) periods of "Great Sleep." These were phases in his life where he was basically unable to deal (and possibly depressed), and either slept all the time or just plain idled the days away until he snapped out of it.
Since moving into our new place, I feel like we're coming out of a Great Sleep and the most tell-tale sign for me is that we are all sleeping better. The last year seems to have been characterized by kids who would get out of bed a thousand times after being tucked in to ask for water or complain about growing pains or to whine about being too hot or to see what we were doing. Getting them to bed most nights was a chore. By morning, both of them would be in our bed and I'd be woken up far in advance of my alarm by a tiny fist to the dome or by two girls quietly fighting about who gets to "lie next to Mamma."
Our new apartment is carpeted, which means it is quiet. Really quiet. It is so quiet you'd think we lived in the country, not an urban complex with 12 other units around us. We've always lived in houses and apartments with hardwood floors. In San Francisco, carpet can be the kiss of death for an apartment. Unless the building or location is stellar, good luck renting that!
I love the ease of care of hardwood floors especially when you have kids or pets, but man, I never realized just how loud and echoey they were until now. Our house is so quiet that we can watch a Jerry Bruckheimer action film at a maximum explosion volume and we won't wake the girls. It is so quiet that the girls can be fighting over their Groovy Girls in their bedroom and I can't hear them in the kitchen. (Groovy, indeed!) And I have to say that waking up to soft carpeting underfoot feels pretty dang luxurious.
Carpeting has done wonders for our sleep. (And maybe the pool has, too.) The girls crash hard at bedtime, sleep all night (even Wallie who usually gets up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom), and I have to wake them up in the morning. That hasn't happened since, like, ever.
I pad to bed, fall right to sleep, and I swear, I don't move all night. Once asleep, I am gone, and I am usually a pretty light sleeper. We are all sleeping better, and it's about time. I realize now, we were overdue.
Carpet, right now, I am your biggest fan. So far, you are doing everything right.