Trust me when I say, it's better to watch it on TV than experience the pressure yourself.
Call me insane, but I attempted my own extreme makeover on Emily and Drew's nursery...right around the busiest time of year: Christmas!
We had known for a while that we had reached the end of the crib days. Both of them refused to sleep in them and were able to show their refusal by climbing out. Short of locks and chains, we weren't keeping them in any longer.
For the last month or so, they have been vagabonds...sleeping with us, on the crib mattresses in the floor of our room, and on their travel cots beside our bed.
During this time, we quietly began the process of disassembling the nursery, one crib at a time.
Surprisingly, I didn't get too emotional. Over the past year, I've come to terms with the nursery closing, both literally and figuratively. But, that's a story for another post and another time.
Today, I want to take you through the
Here's a reminder of how we started:
It took less time to break down the cribs than it did to assemble them, that's for sure--even with the extra hands!
After some Pinterest browsing, we decided on a dollhouse and a sailboat. I'll save you all of the details that took us from idea to implementation but it involved some Craigslist sales, Papa's construction skills, and Wal-Mart's Ship-to-Store.
Here's Drew's sailboat bed.
Notice the paintings above the bed? Those were done by yours truly! They might not be perfect, but they were painted with love (and a glass of merlot).
And Emily's dollhouse bed...
Aunt Kelly and Glitter Bug Antiques contributed to the room re-do by giving us the antique blue dresser. It couldn't have been more perfect.
Remember what I said in the beginning about a time crunch?
We finished around 3:00 am Christmas morning.
Our plan was to slyly move the Babies into their new room and let them wake up there.
An hour later, the whimpering started. Marty caved first, bringing them both into the bed with us where we all happily slept and snuggled to almost 9:00!
So even though the reveal was delayed and not exactly as planned, it was exciting nonetheless.
The most common question we've been asked over the past two days is, "How did the Babies like sleeping in their new beds?"
The answer is, "We don't know. They've haven't slept in them yet."
Why they are awfully proud of the new decor ("I am going to show Aunt Kelly my new room!"), they aren't proud enough to want to sleep in there yet.
If only sleep training was as easy as buying a new bed...
In Christmas: Part III, we'll finally make it downstairs where we discover why everybody's been talking about Santa this and Santa that.