Kids Room Makeover

When we moved into our house on Jolley Lane, it was just before Dayla’s 3rd birthday.

In the apartment we came from I had painted a bee on Dayla’s nursery wall. I loved it. It was so fun to be able to add a personal touch to her nursery…a bit of me. When we moved to Jolley Lane I knew I wanted to paint on her wall again. One weekend when Dayla was up at Grandma and Papa’s house I painted a mural. I didn’t ask her 3 year old opinion, I just went for it.

To say it was fun wouldn’t be enough. It brought me back to my painting days. It was so fulfilling. It was a joy. And when she came home and “oooo”ed, my heart was filled up. It made us both so happy.

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When Sebastian came into our family I thought about changing around the room to accommodate him being a boy. But then I thought about how traumatizing that would be for Dayla, to not only welcome a new brother into life and her room after 4 years of being an only child, but also have to say goodbye to her girl-y butterfly bedroom. I just knew that wasn’t kind (and I reminded myself that Sebastian wouldn’t care for a while anyway).

When we found out we were pregnant with number 3, I knew it was time for a change. I loved that old room, but I also needed something to design and plan and think about as my heart prepared to meet our third little one.

For the last few months Daniel and I plotted and planned and purchased off Craig’s List so that we could give the room a makeover. Dayla helped choose the paint color (we agreed on blue since she loves mermaids and we hope to paint mermaids on the wall), but that was the only part the kids helped with. You see right now both kids are in a phase where they have trouble seeing litle changes happen, anticipating something big to come, but if the change happens all at once while they are gone, they are okay. Our dear friend’s the Lindsay family took our kids for 24 hours so we could make it happen.

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In that 24 hours we took everything out of their room and off the walls, cleaned, painted the walls, built a loft bed and painted that, built a ladder and painted that, painted Dayla’s current bed, assembled a new crib, mounted the loft bed on the wall, painted their toy chest, hung new curtains, moved in dressers and refilled them up, and bought new linens. It was the hardest and most exhausting 24 hours of my life…but it was a LOT OF FUN. Daniel and I enjoyed working together and we are both so happy with the way it turned out.

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When the kids came home and saw it, they had all the joy that we hoped they would.

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Now we are ready to welcome baby #3…our second baby boy! 😀

Snuggling

Just snuggling in bed together like brothers and sisters do.

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The other night Dayla even let her brother come up to her bed and sleep with her. I think she likes having the power, we like that she is being such a great friend to her brother, and Sebastian loves doing everything with his sister….so it feels like a win win win for all.

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Neighbors

We are so fortunate to have some of the most amazing neighbors. Our neighbor Adam is just a year younger than Dayla, but he graciously comes over and plays with Sebastian often. It amazes me. He is so kind to Sebastian and has never called him a baby or any unkind words; Sebastian 3 years his junior looks up to Adam so much.

The other day they built a maze for our “Zuzu pet” hamsters (electronic hamsters that move around and have sensors on their noses). It was the coolest thing to watch them work together.

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Character Award

Garden Road Elementary talks about character. They have 6 pillars of character (Respect, Responsibility, Caring, Fairness, Trustworthiness, and Good Citizenship). The kids know them and talk about them daily. I love this. In a public school I would have never expected it, but nothing delights me more than this.

Each month the teacher picks one boy and one girl from their class to be recognized for having good character. Not every child in the class gets chosen, this is a real award with real merit. In Mrs. Pon’s class she does it by nominating three candidates, and then she lets the kids vote from those three. I love this because that means that the child chosen is not only recognized by their teacher as someone who has good character, but also by their classmates.

In January Dayla was chosen for her class:

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They go up in front of the whole school to receive a certificate and be recognized.

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We couldn’t be more proud.

Dating

I realized just recently that when baby gets here my time with Sebastian will be cut in half (best case scenario). I got intensely sad. I sure do love my little man and the time I have with just him and I is so limited because his nap takes up most of the time that Dayla is in school. I am blessed he naps so long, but also feel like I miss out on my Sebastian time.

So the other day I decided I was going to spend the next few months dating him. Pushing off naps a bit and going out just he and I. It has been so awesome. I can’t tell you how much fun I have had. We laugh out loud together and his sweet smiles melt my heart. Here we are on one of our dates at Ikea enjoying a cinnamon roll.

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I love you like crazy Sebastian. You may be in the middle, but I pray everyday you know that you are not any less special than our first and our youngest. And I hope I get to keep dating you….right up until you date…and maybe even after that. 🙂