First, we had to make room for Ben's room in our 1700 square foot house. We moved the two girls together into Hattie's room, and what once was Mary Ellen's nursery became a blank slate. I was nervous about moving the girls together. I had to work up the courage. Then when I finally did, it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be - as most things aren't in the milestones of parenting I'm finding.
Of course the girls keep each other up at night past bedtime, but eventually they go to sleep and generally stay that way until morning. They have become so much closer now that they share a room, and I have to admit, I do like hearing their giggles and squeals, as long as they don't continue past 8:30 pm. If that happens, Monster Mommy emerges!
Mary Ellen is still in her crib, but I hope to get the girls bunk beds this spring/summer and then spruce up their room a bit. Man, bunk beds are expensive, though! And because they are so expensive, Sean thinks we should just put them together in the full-size bed we already have. I think, while that is economical, it's also disastrous. I can imagine the fighting and mischief that would go on if they were in the same bed.
But Ben, being the only boy in the house, has the privilege of having his own room right now. I enjoyed decorating a boy's room after having two girls. With our tight budget, I didn't have a lot of money to spend on furniture and bedding and such. I call his room the "wedding tradition" room. There's quite a lot old, borrowed, and blue, with just a few things new.
See my little man sittin' on that poang chair? He and I spend a lot of time on that chair together. I would say it's his favorite place to be in the whole house, especially in the middle of the night!
I'm not really sure if the wooden Texas flag works in the room, but it was something that was sitting in our garage and filled the space for free. Free looks good to me! The poang chair was also free, as it left its twin in the playroom to be a nice, comfortable nursing chair.
And one last picture, just to prove how happy being in that chair with Mama makes my sweet Ben: