Oh you guys. I wanted to do this blog post and show you a nice, neat bedroom buuut…Oh man. My house is such a mess. But we are only two weeks into this having a newborn and two toddlers thing so, I guess that is to be expected. So excuse the boxes of non-maternity clothes that I have yet to put away, and the piles of laundry that I think needs to be washed (or maybe it’s clean?), and hopefully you can’t see the dust (but trust me, it’s there), and come along with me on another room tour! (Well, half a room. The other half is where I threw a bunch of other boxes and piles of clothes ;-).)
As you might have read in my post about how we set up Theo and Oliver’s shared bedroom, we only have two bedrooms in our house. And now we have five humans living here.
While I know our current living situation can’t last forever, I actually really like living in such close quarters. I love that my boys share a room. I love that Bea bunks with us. I love that we are literally living together. Sure, it can create tension and frustration at times, but it also lends a very special feeling of closeness.
I love that we are making what we have work for us, instead of adding “more” to our already abundant blessings. We don’t need a bigger house; the kids don’t each need their own room. We have more than enough. And when what we have feels uncomfortable, I love working with my hubby to find creative solutions instead of buying our way out of the situation. It requires us to be resourceful, and leaves me feeling satisfied.
We moved our changing table out of the boy’s room and put it in our hallway nook which is directly across from our bedrooms. It also happens to sit beside a fantastic built-in cupboard where we store all our linens, which is incredibly convenient. This placement makes it easy for late night changings of Bea, and allows us access to it for Oliver who is still in diapers.
Also, how beautiful is the light fixture? I bought a wooden embroidery hoop at a thrift store, some Christmas lights, and gold spray paint and gave it all to Mike, hoping he could make a pendant to hang over the changing table. What he came up with was even better than I could have imagined!
Oh the mess. I’m really sorry guys…
Anyways. This is the view into our bedroom from our hallway. You can see Bea’s little corner of our room.
In case you are curious…
Our crib is from Ikea. We’ve used it for all three kids and I absolutely love it. I love that it is white, simple, and cost us less than $100.
The beautiful crib sheet and bunting was made by my uber talented friend, Liza, who owns her own small business, Little Moose by Liza. You can find her products on Etsy.
The prints hanging over the crib are a set of four (the other two are on the opposite side of the painting) and are vintage fashion designs that I found in a thrift store.
And just for fun, here are a few of my current, favorite baby items! (This is not a sponsored post and I’m not compensated for sharing these opinions. These are just things I love that I want to share with you!)
More Little Moose products. These swaddle blankets are as functional as they are beautiful. I love the prints and how light weight the material is. The blankets also double as great nursing covers!
Wubbanub binkies – These are the only pacifiers I’ve used with all three kids; they love them. I started using them after Theo was sent home with several from the NICU. You can purchase them at Target and Amazon.
Baby Shusher – This thing is a life saver. It literally shushes your baby for you! It has a 15 minute and 30 minute setting, and allows you to comfort your baby without giving yourself a headache ;-).
Norwex baby clothes – I. Love. These. I use these antibacterial clothes instead of wipes. All you need is water!
“Go Bravely Little One” outfit – I saw this outfit when I was shopping at H&M for Christmas jammies…and I had to buy it for Bea. I can’t wait to see her in this!
For more information on other baby products I love and use (like our cloth diapers), be sure to check out this post!
So back to room sharing…
Here is the deal. We know we can’t bunk with Bea forever, so eventually, Mike plans to create a bedroom for us down in our basement, and leave our current bedroom and it’s two glorious walk in closets to baby girl. (I plan on continuing to use the closest for many years to come, though ;-).)
But until then, the five of us will continue to share rooms, sometimes beds, and always hearts.