Something I never gave much thought to when having another baby was the changes that would come. I knew it would be different but I had no idea what that difference would be like. The first few changes had to do with me. I immediately became ill which made me not very playful or energetic. That was difficult for the girls because I did not play with them the way I used to. It took some adjusting and some time where I would make myself feel up to playing. Thankfully, Joel was around in the evenings and could play. I was really glad when the morning sickness ended around 13 weeks. Which allowed me to feel like myself again. To tell you the truth, I hardly feel pregnant other than clothes getting tighter and needing to snack a little more. I am starting to feel the pressure of the changes that are coming and that need to be done around our house. Now that we know that we are having a boy, we are in full transition mode with means that there are a few changes headed the girls way.
Big Girls Room
The first big change is that they are moving rooms. We are currently in the process of breaking down the guest room and making room for the girls. Joel is building their twin “big girl” beds and will be putting them in the room soon. Once we get their beds together and mattresses delivered, we will decorate their room and let them move in. It seems early as the baby isn’t due until January but I am afraid the girls will have a problem with adjusting. I know that they will be jealous and struggle with the new baby but I do not want them to feel like the baby took their toys, their mommy, and their room. So the first thing I wanted was them to feel at home in their new big girl room.
Their New Beds
We decided to build their beds ourselves rather than buy beds. First of all, most beds are now made of particle board or manufactured wood. Joel and I agreed that we wanted a solid wood bed for them. The beds we did find that were made from solid wood were very expensive. I’m not trying to sound like we are cheap but when you are buying two of something, $500-1,000 each bed is expensive. Which is why we decided to find a twin bed frame on ana-white.com. We used her plan for the Farmhouse Twin bed, which you can find here http://ana-white.com/2010/01/plans-how-to-modify-farmhouse-bed-to.html. I have always loved what she creates and shares with people on her website. It is a wonderful DIY website. We did modify the headboard slightly. The headboard seemed really tall for the girls so we cut 2 inches off the bottom lowering it just a little. We painted the beds white.
Each girl picked out their own bedding. I asked them what colors they wanted in their room and the colors were pink for Bailey and purple for Brooke, no surprise there. So I had to find bedding that was both pink and purple. Which isn’t that hard to find, but most of them were not themes I liked or were more expensive than I had planned to spend for all new bedding. I was becomming a little discouraged until I was at Target one day and found some bedding in their little girls section. They had three choices, one that was white with pink and purple ruffles, a solid pink and a solid purple. Joel and I both liked the white one with the pink and purple ruffles. The girls did not agree. They wanted a solid color that made their beds different. So we went with the solid pink and solid purple quilts. Their sheets did not match either. Bailey wanted pink sheets and horse sheets. Brooke wanted purple sheets and butterflies. So now their room went from being pink and purple to horse and butterflies. I had no idea how I was going to tie their rooms in, and still are having trouble with it. My best thought is to use some wall decals to bring a feminine outdoors feel to the room. I found some tree wall decals that had flowers and butterflies. Then I found a few horse decals that have pink and purple blankets on the horses. I figured I could create some kind of mural on their walls that would tie the themes together. It seems a little silly but that’s the best I could come up with. I’m anxious to see how it will turn out.
I have already started pulling back in their baby toys and placing a spot for them in the playroom for the new baby. The girls helped me go through the toys and put them in canvas tubs just for him. We had a big discussion about how they had outgrown these toys and so they were perfect for the new baby. I did tell them that they could play with them but that they needed to put them back in the baby bins when they were done. I want them to feel like they are still allowed to play with the toys but remind them that they have bigger toys that are just for them that the baby cannot play with. We have already started working on cleaning up and making sure our toys get put up. I am trying to teach them now that they have to pick them up before the baby is here and could potentially get ahold of toys. Some of their toys will go in their room if they are small pieces or something so that he cannot get ahold of any.
As I have already said, the playroom has baby toys making a reappearance. But the playroom has had and will have some bigger changes. In order to get ready for the new baby and needing more storage, Joel and I built a wall bookcase to match the one in the living room. It is perfect for storing toys and supplies. It gives a lot more floor space to play. Right now we have a single recliner in the room for one adult to sit while the girls play but we will be purchasing a sleeper sofa for in here. Our playroom will double as the guest room when guests come to visit. Plus it will give more seating in the playroom so that people can sit on the couch instead of the floor. The girls will also enjoy the couch as they like to sit with us in the chair but space is limited.
Once the girls move to their big girl room we will repaint the nursery. Since this one is a boy the light lavendar color that is currently the girls room/nursery will not work. We will paint the room a light gray to tie into the colors for his room. The girls cribs are transitional or lifetime cribs so they have been their only beds until they move to twin beds. The next size in the lifetime bed is a full size bed and we are not ready to move them to a full. So, they get new twin beds for now and the baby will use their crib/toddler bed. We will be updating the mattress for his bed because crib mattresses do not last that long and these are both 3 years old already.
I’m really excited to start decorating their new room and preparing the baby room. Unfortunately, Joel is the only one able to do the painting so it all falls on him at night and the weekends. I can do the rest once he is done painting. I’ll post pictures as the progress continues.
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