goodbye nursery

Jules —  January 24, 2006

This has been a big week for us and it’s only Tuesday! Sunday afternoon we were given a really nice twin bed, courtesy of Tom’s brother, Kenny. We gave the new bed to Jessica. Elaina had been sleeping in the toddler bed, but was beginning to outgrow it. We couldn’t get her to stay in it. She would sneak into our bed in the middle of the night (James’ side. He’s such a sucker!) or crawl in bed with Lydia. That’s ok on occasion, but it starts to get old when it happens every night. Anyway, she’s very happy now in Jessica’s old twin bed! The last two nights she’s slept in it all night! The poor kiddo needed more space!

Elaina sleeping comfortably in her big bed! She’s surrounded by her favorite things–monkeys and princesses!

Anjelia is beyond thrilled. She inherited the toddler bed. She couldn’t wait to go to bed Sunday night. She didn’t even ask to be rocked! We weren’t sure how she would do, so we left the crib up, just in case. She’s taken right to sleeping in her new bed at bedtime and naptime, so yesterday it happened . . . .James took the crib down. I am doing suprisingly well. It didn’t even hurt my heart to take it down. I did want to keep it, though, but after talking with James, we’ve decided not to haul it into the attic. It’s not in the best shape. It’s been used by five babies. (We had Latecia for the first nine months of her life, so she used it, too.) I’d kinda like to make something out of it for a keepsake. Any ideas?

Anjelia is so happy! She feels like a big girl!

Jessica shares a room with Anjelia. She’s been complaining about the bunny wallpaper and baby decorations. Yesterday, I stripped all the bunny wallpaper down and took the baby pictures and things off the walls. It looks so bare. Jessica was really glad to see it go. I don’t blame her. She’s not a baby!

Jessica loves the color red. I have a little more wallpaper to strip behind the headboard. Isn’t it a great bed!

I guess this makes it official now. No crib, no bunny wallpaper or baby decor. . . the nursery is gone after 8 years. . . It’s sad, but I am surprisingly not heartbroken. I suppose maybe I’ve gone through the “no more babies” grieving period and have come to terms with it. Plus, I am really enjoying the freedom that I’m beginning to have. For example, after years of not sleeping through the night, I now sleep uninterrupted nearly every night!!!! Woohoo! That part is heavenly!

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” A. A. Milne



21 responses to goodbye nursery

  1. I’m glad you’re doing OK with all the changes. You’re doing much better than I did taking down the crib–I had to go hide in my bathroom for a few moments after I took our crib down :cry sniff sniff I’m OK now.

  2. I am surprised. I guess it’s a good sign that I’m ready to move on. It’ll probably hit me at some weird unexpected time and I’ll be really sad. We’ll see. As of now, I feel real happy and ready to move on!

    I am so ready to spend more time with James. No more babies means more time with him!

  3. Jules:
    What happened to the bunk beds?

  4. Reading Karen’s blog today should reinforce your joy at sleeping through the night! :rotfl

    You’ve been busy! Glad everyone’s enjoying their new sleeping arrangements and having fun.

  5. Yes, I read that after I wrote my post. That story only confirms my feelings!

  6. Love the pics – especially the one of Anjelia in her bed. She looks ecstatic! Jaden is looking over my shoulder saying “Momma, its “ja-wee-ah”!

    I’m so glad that the crib coming down was not traumatic. I think you must be ready to move onto this wonderful new phase of your life. You seem to greet each new phase with such grace. 😉

  7. You must be being sarcastic Karen! You know me better than anyone….grace….hmmmmm.

  8. Congrats to the girls on their new beds – how exciting! I don’t know if they had “toddler” beds when I was a toddler. I think I went from a crib to a twin bed. After years without having a headboard my dad made me one when I was probably about 8 or 9 years old, which I have kept for when I have a little girl or boy. I don’t know what your crib looks like but making it into something for a keepsake sounds like a great idea. The only idea I have for what that keepsake might be would be a toybox or shelf of some sort?!?! Let us know what you decide!

  9. The crib is white. Guess I should’ve taken a picture of it before James took it apart.

    I forgot a funny detail about the bed. There’s a metal screw that is screwed into another metal piece. The screw was about at mouth level when a baby is standing holding onto the top bar. The pieces were totally rusted together. James could not get them apart. He eventually had to get a hack saw and saw the screw in two.

    We came to the conclusion that the rust occured from years of drooling babies putting their mouths on the cold metal piece!

  10. Oh Kandi, the bunk beds are in the garage. If anyone wants them they can have them—double on the bottom, twin on the top. Mom gave Lydia a bedroom set so we didn’t need them anymore.

    Abby, toddler beds use the same size mattress as the crib. Now when you buy a crib a lot of them will convert into toddler beds. Very handy.

  11. Monkeys and princesses. I’m disturbed by the child’s impression of men. We are nothing bug lowly primates? Come on Jimmy, you got some work to do!

  12. Her wisdom surpasses her years, Rob!

    Abby, thanks for the ideas.

  13. One of my favorite things that I have is a clock my grandpa made. It was made out of the wood from the outhouse that we all used when we were growing up. When they finally got indoor plumbing it was almost sad to see the outhouse hauled off and destroyed. So he made us all clocks in the shape of a barn out of it. I could never get rid of it even though it doesn’t altogether go with my decor.

  14. Hey, Julie, how about a bike rack out of the crib side. Just kidding! Maybe it can be made into a DVD holder, or bookshelf, hang one side with bars upright in the closet for belts, scarfs, umbrellas, etc. Sounds like almost everyone got a change, and excited about it to boot. Great going. I like those kinds of changes once in a while. :indeed

  15. Rob Said:

    Monkeys and princesses. I’m disturbed by the child’s impression of men. We are nothing bug lowly primates? Come on Jimmy, you got some work to do!

    Ooh-ooh-ooh, eeh-eeh-ehh, aah-AAH-AAH!!

  16. Oh precious! I remember transitioning into a “big girl” bed. Anjelia looks so grown up!

  17. Could the crib be converted into a daybed? They make cribs now that are designed to later convert into toddler beds, then daybeds. I don’t know what it would take to design your own, but I’m sure your monkey…uh…Oooops…I mean, dear hubby could come up with something. 😉

  18. Good Idea Deb, or it could be used like a cage to put all the monkeys & wild animals in. :rotfl Jessica’s blankets reminds me of when Deb wanted to redecorate her room. She used different kinds of plaids.

  19. Some of us may in fact be princesses Rob! :puke

  20. Everything was so pink and girly and then all of a sudden red!!! Very cool!

  21. Yes, Ciera, a color other than pink is very refreshing!