With baby due in a short 12 weeks (doesn't that sound so much shorter then 3 months?) we have been in project mode around here. Basically we have had to move our guest room to our office, our office to our loft, and make the old guest room the new baby's room. This has involved buying new furniture, painting several rooms, and since I figured we were already in DIY mode I had S strip and re-stain all of our old guest room furniture to help make it look newer and more updated. Needless to say, we are no where close to being done with all this, but we are making progress. Both rooms have been painted, the office has been moved and de-clutter to a small desk in the loft, and today we moved L's nursery furniture into the baby's room.
What to do about baby furniture has been a bit of a dilemma for us. We didn't want to buy another crib set, since L is almost 2, but we needed to make sure he was ready for a "big boy" bed before we made any decisions. I also wanted to get this all done way before the baby came (even though he will be in our room for a while and won't even need the nursery), so L didn't feel like we were "taking" his stuff and giving it to his brother. So basically, we decided to convert his crib to a toddler bed on a trial basis, make sure he was ready, and then decide on buying beds. Well, we have never looked back since converting it. L did amazing switching for the crib. We put the baby gate up on his door at night and during nap time so he can't leave his room, and occasionally he will get out of bed and fall asleep in his glider or the floor, but for the most part he has been fine in the bed. If anything he lets us sleep a little longer in the morning because he will get up and play in his room for awhile.
So once it was decided that the new baby could have the nursery furniture we decide the best plan was to buy a bunk bed set that could be used as two twin beds. We figured we could use the top bed on it's own for L, since it has rails similar to a toddler bed and store the bottom bunk. Then once baby is old enough, the boys can share a room and use the bunk beds. Problem is with everything else we have to buy right now we were trying to find room in our budget to drop $600 (minimum) on a bunk bed set. Then something amazing happened. My Pilate's teachers came to me and told me they were getting rid of all their old baby furniture and they had a crib they were getting rid of if we wanted it. A crib that also could convert into a toddler bed. On top of that, this is a really really nice crib. It retails for almost $1100 but she wouldn't take any money for it, it was ours for free if we wanted it. Problem totally solved. We would use the new crib, converted into a toddler bed for L for the time being. This gives us plenty of time to wait until after the baby comes and we have more money in the budget to buy an actual bed set for him, but it also let's us transition him to "new" furniture and get the nursery set up so he can get used to everything before October. Sometimes it's really unreal how things end up working out, especially since I have been stressing about this so much.
So, after that long explanation, let me bring us to today. I kept L downstairs while S moved all of his nursery furniture out of his room and into the nursery. (We shut and locked that door for now so he can't see his old stuff in there). Then we made it a family event to put together his new bed and set up his new room so he could be excited about everything. S did all the heavy lifting and putting together, I supervised and L....... um, he helped.
I was dying with laughter when L kept sitting on S's chest while he was trying to put it together.
He also read Daddy a quick story to make sure he didn't get bored while he was doing all the manual labor.
And then once the bed was together? He wouldn't get out of it..... even when S was trying to move it to the other side of the room. (Yes, I was still laughing)
So, after all, that I give you L's brand new, big boy room! (It does drive me a little crazy that the wood doesn't match exactly on all furniture, but I keep telling myself this is only temporary!)
I can't believe my baby has room like this. I can't believe he is almost 2, and I can't believe he is going to be a big brother. How can 9 months of pregnancy drag on FOREVER and yet 2 years be gone in the blink of an eye?
Anyway, next up on our list is to finish the baby room, the guest room and add some finishing touches to the loft.... and I think I'm going to ask S to paint the kids bathroom while were at it..... so more updates to come!