what a fun way to wake up in the middle of the night. my husband was able to trap it and get it out of the house. we live in a townhouse, and our next door neighbors are having their roof fixed, so it's possible the banging upset some bats in their attic and one came into our attic and then into the house.
OR it could be from a sleeping bag Landon's friend brought over last night (he had a sleepover with his little girlfriend here last night) they've had bats in their house before, as have their neighbors. Pete and I think it's possible that since the sleeping bag had been stored in their upstairs closet in a room that doesn't get used (and is close to their attic access) it's possible the bat was in the sleeping bag. the kids didn't use their sleeping bags so it was left still rolled up at the bottom of the stairs. i woke up because i heard it fall over and then see this bat flying up the stairs and straight into my bedroom. not fun at all.
either way, when pete gets home from work tonight, he's going to look in our attic and see if he finds anything.