I just thought I'd share some links to some cute baby/kid stuff. Some of the stuff is a little pricey, but I love to browse for ideas. The third link has some really cute car seat covers and accessories for baby/kid.
So, I'm trying to figure out how to arrange my kids rooms right now. We have three bedrooms upstairs including the master. My two kid rooms aren't huge, neither one has any growing room. Lilly's room is the smallest and it's the designated nursery. It has a crib, dresser and glider in right now and that's about all it can fit. Ethan's room is a little larger and has a twin bed, dresser, kid table and tiny book shelf. So my question is, what do I do with Lilly? We have a fourth bedroom in the basement, but I'm not going to put Ethan down there, he'd freak out. The new baby will be here in four months and it's a girl so I'll keep the nursery the way it is. I was considering putting the baby and Lilly in the nursery, but I don't think that's such a great idea now. Lilly will just be two when the baby's born and I have a feeling she's going to be very jealous. Whenever Ryan and I hold someone's baby or play with a little one, she comes running and says "My Mommy"! or "My Daddy"! and will try to tug on the baby.
So, my only realistic option is putting Ethan and Lilly in a room together. This just doesn't seem fun to me. I feel like I'm kicking Lilly out of her cute girlie room and throwing her in a boy room with her brother. I could just stick a toddler bed in there or buy bunk beds. I know the sleeping arrangement will be a nightmare at first (both of my kids are light sleepers and require a lot of sleep, I'm talking 12-13 hours a night), but I'm sure they'll get used to it.
The baby will most likely be in our room in a bassinet for the first 6 weeks of so. But I wanted to transition Lilly before the baby's born so she's not traumatized.
Oh yeah, I do have one other option: Put my house up for sale and find a house with 4 bedrooms on the same floor. Unfortunately, that's just not in the cards right now. Although I'm crossing my fingers in might be in the next year.
Any creative suggestions would be appreciated.
I'm sure I sound like the biggest whiner right now, a hundred years ago most families slept in the same room together, all 12 of them.
I've thought about the whole room situation too with my girlie and boy. I think they can totally share a room just fine, they might even like knowing their sibling is there like a sleep over. I would go neutral on the decor aside from their comforters that might go well together. BTW that Jumping place is in Springville right off the fwy.
Let me know what suggestions you get because I am in the same boat right now, and I don't know what I'm having...I am going crazy trying to figure out what I'm going to do!
I'm old. Let's get that out of the way up front! But I put my two girls in the same room "back in the day" and they never had a problem. Ever. They were 2 years apart. I had a crib and a twin. However, the two year old was not a light sleeper. I vote to keep the girls together!
Hey I just stumbled upon your blog. I'm Ann's daughter. First of all, your kids are DARLING! I can't stand how much Ethan looks like Ryan. Also, I love your kid's names. AND those websites are a GREAT tip! Okay, about the rooms. What are your thoughts and feelings on repainting? What if you did a minty green and brown wall arrangement and then it would be asy to have bedding to match. Her half of the room could be a little more dainty and his half could be a little more tough, while still totally cooridinating at the same time? It's just a thought. I will be in the same boat soon enough. Good luck!
Thank you so much for that advice. That could be really cute. I was thinking a more feminine bed for Lilly, like a cream or white rod iron. Ethan's bed is black, so it might be a really nice contrast.
Yeah Ryan and I would love to see you guys sometime. We could even meet in SLC and let the kids play at the Gateway or something. Or perhaps next time you're in Logan we could go to Firehouse together, I'm always up for an excuse to go there. As of right now I'm not with child, we'll start trying next month, and hopefully I'm still fertile Murtle and then we'll have one within a year :) And then I'll be in your same situation.
Sorry I'm a little late on the post...I totally don't think your whining at all. I get the space issue--living in NYC has brought a greater appreciation for small spaces and how to work around it. We feel VERY spoiled that we just moved into a 2 bedroom with just 1 kid. We have several families in our ward with 4-5 kids in a 2 bedroom...I'm not trying to make you feel like "suck it up and stop complaining" (I certainly couldn't do what they're doing) but rather what I used to consider "normal" and impossible I don't necessarily anymore. I think the idea of Ethan and Lily sharing a room is fantastic and totally do-able. And maybe Ethan won't want to live in the basement now, but maybe in a couple years. I agree with the neutral color palette and then a girly area and a boy-ish area (even if that area is just the bed). Good luck and let us know how it turns out. (Also, people are big fans of using screens to divide rooms out here--just a thought).
I'd love to help you but I got help with my banner on my blog so I can't say I'd know how to help with that but maybe we can figure something out. :o)
Ava and Liney shared and they were only 2 years and 2 months apart. Liney slept in a bassinet in my room for the for the first two months, and she was almost sleeping through the night by the time she rejoined Ava in their room.
When I was a kid, I shared with my brother for a little while. It never seemed like a big deal to me. My only question would be doesn't Ethan like to wake Lilly up when he's vying for your attention? Would that be difficult with them sharing a room?
Yeah, Ethan's grown out of the "waking Lilly up" stage. Now he just wants to play with her and tease her pretty much all the time. So, that might be a problem at first. Hopefully it will work itself out or I might have a kid sleeping on my floor every night. Who knows? We'll see. C'est La vie.
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