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The Nursery Becomes a Big Boy Room

Goodbye toy baskets, hello bookshelf!

Goodbye toy baskets, hello bookshelf!

As the countdown to our new baby’s arrival continues, we are attacking our list of projects and plans with gusto. One of the main things I wanted to have done before baby bro’s arrival was getting the two boys’ rooms all figured out and settled. It wasn’t immediately clear how this would work, as they are essentially sharing a set of furniture. We ended up deciding to hold off on moving Cullen to a toddler bed quite yet. He’s going through a bit of a two-year-old sleep regression as it is, and I didn’t want to add another big change to his plate. (Or big sleep issue to ours!)

So for now the crib remains in Cullen’s room, and baby brother will sleep in a pack-n-play in our room for a few months (which was the plan anyway, regardless of crib placement). The other big item in question was the changing table. I didn’t want to buy a second one, along with a second set of diaper pails (one for cloth, one for disposable), but with two kids in diapers I wasn’t totally sure how to handle this.  As it turns out, our nursery is really small. Like shoebox small. And our changing table is not enormous, but not exactly dainty.

I put aside all dreams of having a catalog-worthy house, and admitted defeat. My husband convinced me that we needed to look at our space in a different way, and accept that this is a house that kids live in, and there is no need to hide that. We have a really big, open hallway area between the bedrooms upstairs, and it really only made sense to put the changing table out there. It actually doesn’t look bad at all, it’s a nice dresser with a changer on top, and now we won’t have to worry about one child needing to be changed if the other is asleep (which would have inevitably happened).

And so with the changer moved out, and the tall dresser moved into the nursery for baby brother, we were finally able to set Cullen’s room up as a big boy’s room! His clunky, awkward toy baskets left and all his blocks and books moved into a nice open bookshelf instead. What a difference visibility makes! He never used to play with anything in his room, and now he wants to spend hours in there. The toys haven’t changed at all, just the ability to see them clearly and have them organized in a functional, reachable space. It makes me wish I had done it much sooner!

We also got a dresser that matches his new bookshelf, and finally got everything set up and finished this weekend. I even hung a few pictures on the wall. It feels like a great space for him now, and we’ve been spending a lot of time in there. Once we finally move the crib out in a few more months, it will be a true toddler room. But for now, it’s a fun place to play and a relaxing spot to wind down before naps and bedtime. There is something so soothing about living in a space you love, and all these little changes and improvements make me more grateful for ours each and every day.

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