You guys, we are SO CLOSE to achieving my dream of having a playroom! I am sick of our entire living room being taken over by toys. I look back a what I thought was kid clutter and I just want to weep. 2011 living room is about a million times better than 2013 living room in just about every way. However, our house isn't the biggest, so the only way we can have a playroom is for the girls to share a bedroom. They almost never hang out in the bedrooms, so it seemed like a waste to use up two rooms just for sleeping.
A couple of weeks ago I decided that enough was enough and put the entire set of nursery furniture up on my company's portal at 25% of what I paid for it. My style is completely different than it was 5 years ago and I definitely didn't want the black dressers any more, plus I figured it was easier to sell an entire set than a couple of pieces. I was super lucky that two people responded right away. One got the glider and the other got the crib, changing table, and dresser.
Lucia was HILARIOUS when we took apart the crib. "Mama! Mama! Dada broke it! Dada broke my bed!" Her little face was just priceless. I can't really blame her though - we sold the stuff before we retrieved her big girl bed from storage so she had to sleep on the floor on her crib mattress for about a week. Poor kiddo.
Here are some pics of the old nursery. I never took any good ones from this house (oops), these are in the apartment we lived in until Adriana was 4 months old. This house had all the same stuff, but in a slightly different configuration. And with less decorations because by that time I was more practical. Flower thingies that have sharp little spikes in them right above the changing table? Noobsauce.
I am saddest to see the glider go...lots of good memories rocking both girls in that chair. But it really doesn't fit anywhere else in the house, and it was a $300 chair so we got decent money for it. I maaaaaaay keep the mobile or even hang it in the playroom somewhere because I love it, and the pictures will get framed in white or wood and go in a big photo / picture wall in their new room at some point. Other than that, everything must go.
Now this is where I confess something to you. Remember way back when I had big plans for Adriana's big girl room? Yeah, I never really did those. Turns out having two kids less than two years apart is kind of all consuming, so we basically went into survival mode not long after that post. Are you guys surprised? Didn't think so. I CAN be (moderately) crafty and decorate-y, it's just not at all where I have chosen to focus my energy over the past few years. So it was really easy to get all of Adriana's stuff out of the bedroom so we could turn it into a playroom.
It should also not surprise you that while I have de-nursified the nursery, put up both beds, and got the bedding situation figured out, that's about all I have done in the new shared bedroom. But I'm going to show it to you anyway, since this might be as good as it gets until they are tweens and take decorating into their own hands.
The lamp, sheets, pillows, blankets (inside the duvets), and mattress pads are Room Essentials from Target, and the beds are my dad's from when he was a kid. The mattresses were on my brothers' beds so they are probably at least 15-20 years old (Is that gross? That's probably gross. Adding mattresses to my post tax return "to buy" list.) The crib rail is munchkin, also from Target.
The bedding is Pottery Barn Kids Savannah bedding in pink and blue. I was originally going to have Adriana keep the Hayley bedding but she really, really, really wanted to match her sissy, plus my mom offered to buy it for their birthdays and she loves all things matching as well. I'll keep Hayley around as a change I guess. I really love the striped sheeting shown with the Savannah bedding but it's been out of stock forever and doesn't appear to be coming back any time soon. Boo.
I am probably going to decorate the room (eventually) with bright colors, not just light pink and light blue. There will be some sort of nightstand and one of those clocks that changes color when the kids are allowed to get out of bed because HOLY HELL have they been waking up early.
Lucia transitioned just fine to her big girl bed, so the only real negative consequence of the new shared room situation is that Adriana wakes her up every morning at the butt crack of dawn. Normally Lucia goes to bed at 8 and sleeps until 7:30 (when allowed), with a 1-3 hour nap in the afternoon. Adriana goes to bed at 8:30 (and stretches it to 9 if possible) and wakes up at 6:15, with no naps since she turned 2. Don't get me wrong, she NEEDS more sleep than this, but achieving that is damn near impossible. Plus she had been waking up scared in the middle of the night for about 2 weeks before the room switch.
Now Adriana goes back to sleep if she does wake up in the middle of the night, but both kids are up for the day around 6. I'm sure it will be DELIGHTFUL when we have to Fall Back. UGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGH,
But mostly I am happy with the change. I mean, how could I not be when this is how the girls feel about it?
Do your kids share a room? If so, I'd love to hear tips and tricks. And if you are struggling with it, talk to Arwen, she's a genius (she gave me great advice at The Blathering - thanks again, Arwen!!)