Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Big Girl Room

It happened about a week earlier than planned, but Logan is fully transitioned in to her "big girl" room! We had been playing in there for a little over week to get her used to it and we talked about how she would move there so that baby sister could start sleeping in the crib when she came; one day last week after a bath, Logan said "I want to sleep in my big girl room!".. so we went with it and it's been really great! I'm always impressed at how easy going Logan is (let's thank her dad for that quality).

The vision I had for this room was to make the most of the space, give her specific areas, and to make sure that everything was at her level and there for a purpose. The teepee was a fun redo (please read that with mega sarcasm)! You may remember that Rory and I made this teepee last year right before we moved and it had been nothing but a nightmare setting it up again and trying to keep it from collapsing on itself on our hardwood floors downstairs. My dad bought Logan a teepee from the Land of Nod for Christmas so we put the one we made in the garage just in case we needed the painters tarp or PVC pipes for something else. One day during a rare nap time, I decided to get my pregnant self to rebuild that teepee and use it in what was to be her new room. That lovely project took two hours and lots of redo's.. never again I tell you! Even though this teepee is a total headache, it's stable and looks great in her new room; it's a great little place to hide and defines the play area of her room which also includes a costume box that Logan is pretty thrilled about lately and her baby dolls. We actually spend a lot of time playing up there; wearing fairy wings and her witch hat while dancing in front of her mirrored closet doors provides endless entertainment!

On the other side of the room are her sleeping and reading spaces. I wanted the books to be within her reach as well as the shelf above her reading chair; she is obsessed with stacking her Russian nesting dolls and loves to wear her Mouseketeer hat that "live" on the shelf. Each night she goes over to her books and picks one or two for us to read before bedtime.. I really love that this room encourages her independence (everything is "by myself!" lately anyway).

I'm so happy with the way her new room turned out and how easy it was to put together (minus the teepee dramatics) but most of all, I love that it cost us next to nothing to decorate! Most everything you see in her room are all things I already had:

- Teepee: DIY
- Costume box and costumes: a birthday gift from Rory's aunt
- Dolls and crib: Christmas gift from my mom
- Twin bed: birthday gift from my dad 
- Kite / Hair clip holder: DIY
- Chalkboard art: DIY
- Embroidery hoop art: DIY
- Bird embroidery art: thrifted a while ago
- Blanket in the teepee: thrifted a few years ago
- Pillows in the teepee: DIY
- Bedding: thrifted a while ago
- Reading chair: from my mother in law's garage and moved from her nursery
- Crates for book storage: thrifted and moved from her nursery
- Shelf and decor: thrifted and moved from her old nursery
- Accordian wall rack: thrifted years ago
- Daisy painting: was my grandmothers
- "You are my Sunshine" banner: DIY
- Pompom garland: DIY

.... so what did we spend money on? Well, we bought the faux sheep skin rug several months ago at HomeGoods for about $30 and the polka dot wall decals were $11 at Target. ::pat on the back::

We have two full months to get completely adjusted (even though it seems she already is) before baby sister arrives and brings a little chaos with her I'm sure. I'm a little overwhelmed with not only the fact that Logan's sleeping in a twin bed and is growing up, but also that these are the last few weeks of just the three of us. We are so excited to welcome Wesley and to start our lives as a family of four (ah!), but I can't help but be emotional in this new "big kid" space when it's just the three of us playing and reading stories... cherishing these new memories that are being made and looking forward to all the love that will continue to grow with a new little in the mix.


Friday, March 6, 2015

Currently (Accentuating the Positive)

Thinking About: taking it one day at a time. The last several weeks have been really hard over here; selling furniture and clothes to go to the market, emotions over medical bills, feeling totally helpless and desperate. We're making it through and are reminding ourselves of all the positive. One day at a time.

Listening: I've been listening to Mariachi el Bronx for a bit of cheery music to help bring up my mood. What's better than a bunch of white boys from punk bands playing mariachi music and dressed for the part as well?

Watching: I've been sucked in to the Bachelor nation. It all started with Sean's season. I adored Dez, was annoyed with Juan Pablo and loved miss Andi. I am not a fan of this new bachelor Chris... he makes out with everyone immediately! I find it pretty tacky and am pretty sure he's full of bologna. I seem to have a pattern here with the seasons and am thinking ABC should ax the Bachelor and only continue with the Bachelorette. Am I the only one rooting for Britt to be the next to find love in the franchise?

Planning: lots of changes. Next month will be the month of potty training and transitioning Logan in to her big girl room and big girl bed so I can get the nursery ready for Wesley. I've been washing newborn clothes, blankets, towels, sterilizing toys; next will be making room for bottles in the kitchen (still hoping breastfeeding works out this time for us though!). I guess I am in "nesting" mode, but me being on top of organizing and cleaning isn't really out of the ordinary for me.

Loving: my family. Super cliche answer? Oh well. The days that I want to give up and break down, I just step back and see my daughter laughing hysterically with her dad and all the stressors melt away. Some people ask how can they help and do I need a break, but honestly, my days with Logan are what keeps me sane and happy. I wouldn't give up a few hours with her to go do something by myself; being by myself is lonely and that's when the anxiety comes to the front of my mind. I'd much rather play with my best friends than have a "break".