Big Kid Beds...
Jack did well on Saturday night in his big boy bed. Livie's bed was assembled yesterday and she took to it quite well, too. All we need to do is send Livie's crib to Kansas for O' Baby and buy a new mattress for her. Jack's old crib will be used for the new baby when he/she comes in January.
Can you believe that Livie slept two feet from me for the last two years and almost three months? Jack was in our room for fourteen months and had to be moved because Livie was born; he had no time to adjust to it because it just had to be done since she was born prematurely. For over two years, I heard every breath she took, every move she made, every fart, and every sleeping giggle. I kind of miss her now, but she loves sharing a room with her big brother. Who could deny her that? Everyone is happy with their new sleeping situations. And all they want to do now is hang out in their new room. Amazing!
My long-term plan is to bring our bedroom down into the office, which has a door to the outside. I'd like to have all the kids upstairs, eventually. And that can't happen if our bedroom is up there, too. We have two bedrooms on the main floor and two upstairs. There's no way in hell I'm letting kids have a room with a door to the outside. I want them where I can corral them. Heh. Hubby probably won't like the idea of having our bedroom in the office, but that gives us an opportunity to redecorate. The spare room on the main floor is now used as a hang-out room for the kids. Eventually, it'll become our office. There's a twin bed, two dressers, and a TV in there right now. It'll be work to get it done, but it will give us the chance to repaint and make changes that will pay off in the long run. None of this will happen, however, until the new baby is ready for his/her own room. And that's a long way off. If it's a boy, Jack and him will share our "old" room. If it's a girl, she'll share the room with Liv and Jack will get to have his own room again.
It's a lot to process and I'm sure Hubby and I will fight about this in the future. He'd like to put our bedroom in Jack and Liv's room and have all three kids share the room across the hall from us. It's a very large room, so I can totally see how that would work for us all. It would leave our office and hang-out room intact and we wouldn't have to rearrange the main floor. We'd only have to flip rooms with the kids. Who knows what we'll do? For now, it's nice to have a plan, an idea to work with in the future. And I'm very grateful that my kids can go with the flow when we need them to do so. I'm beginning to think that my kids thrive on change. They're so good about it; it's unbelievable.
For now, I'm content with having them both across the hall from me. This toddler bed milestone is just one "graduation" of hundreds I'm looking forward to experiencing with them. Five years ago, I never thought I'd be filling this house with children in such a short amount of time. I'll be ringing in the new year with baby #3. It's hard to believe, really.
I used to be cool. Now, I'm so much cooler than I ever thought I'd be.