Reusing Eli’s Crib

Not knowing the baby’s gender this time around has been a lot tougher than I anticipated. When I was pregnant with Eli, we knew we wanted a gray and white nursery.  We purchased a white crib and everything else was easy to buy regardless of gender.  We knew Dax was going to be a boy, so that took care of all of our furniture worries for him.  Since this is most likely our last baby, we decided keep the gender a surprise.  We enjoyed the experience and the surprise more with Eli than we did knowing Dax was a boy(sorry Dax). The only problem this time around, is if our last baby happens to be a girl, I want some pink in that nursery.

We decided to keep the room black, white, gold, and pink if it is a girl, and make it black white and gold if it is a boy.  Since we don’t want to wait until the baby is born to order all of the furniture, we thought it would be a good idea to paint Eli’s perfectly good crib that he used when he was a baby.  I love the crib, and it is in pretty good shape.  We decided on a pink that we loved for the walls, and David painted the crib the same color.  We went with Benjamin Moore Gentle Butterfly.  I am not into girly things, so this color is perfect because it is not too pink.  The crib turned out gorgeous and will look so good in this room once the walls are painted pink!

Now, if it is a boy, we decided to purchase a whole new crib all together.  Since Eli’s was white, and Dax’s is black and white, we went with an all black crib. It’s actually the same crib as Eli’s.  We figured that it is inexpensive enough to just return it once the baby comes if it is a girl, and if it is a boy, it’s here and ready to go!

We are getting closer and closer to meet this baby, and we can’t wait to see if it is a he or she!

Nursery Round 2

This is really embarrassing, but also really typical.  As we moved Dax into his big boy room, I realized that we never finished his beautiful nursery to begin with.  I couldn’t be more annoyed that this poor child was living in an unfinished room for his entire first 2 years of life, but all we could do is make sure that this next baby has a beautiful, perfect, completed room to be born into!

Here is a little refresher of what the nursery looked like when Dax lived in this room.  It seriously was my favorite room of the house and made me so sad to have to move him out of it.  Logistically, it just makes sense for the baby to be in this room though, and once we moved Dax into his new room and realized that it didn’t fit a glider, we couldn’t have been more pleased with our decision.

Since we don’t know the gender of this baby, it makes it a little difficult to decorate. I have a set vision if it were a boy, and a set vision if it is a girl.  With Eli and Dax I wanted something very gender neutral so it made it pretty easy.  This is the first time we aren’t moving right before I go into labor, so I want to be as settled as I possibly can and that means making decisions for the room if the baby is a girl, and making decisions if it is a boy.  We picked two paint colors and we decided to paint Eli’s old crib assuming it’s a girl, and we purchased a new crib that is returnable assuming it is a boy.  That way, when the baby is born, we don’t need to decide on paint colors, or wait 8 weeks for a darn crib to come.  We ordered a gender neutral book case and dresser as well which helped with my stress level. It literally took me weeks to make a decision on these two pieces of furniture.

As we emptied the room out to move everything into Dax’s new room, there was a lot more we noticed that was unfinished than we originally anticipated.  So, now that we have our paint colors decided, it is time to prep these walls, and complete some other items that never got checked off of our list.

Priorities

I mentioned before that I had no idea how we would prioritize our punch list. It’s really hard to decide what is most important when everything is equally important, just in different ways. That being said, we kind of naturally just started finishing Eli’s big boy room. The room that was supposed to be done in September (or November- we have conflicting memories in our household).

Lately, Eli has been asking about his “big boy room” and he visits it 1826733 times a day. The kid is almost 3.5 and is still in his crib. To be honest, I’m totally cool with him being in a crib still. I’m all for the “cribs for life lifestyle”. I mean, who wants their crazy threenager getting in and out of bed all night? The second they are done with the crib, they have control. They can leave their bed or worse, leave their room and join ours. No thanks!

Our thoughts were to finish the big boy room and move the crib in there next to his new bed- just to get him comfortable with the idea. However, plans change obviously.

When we found out we were pregnant with Dax, Eli wasn’t even two yet. We didn’t like the idea of making him transition to a bed just because a baby was coming, so we let him stay in his crib. Eli’s mattress is very expensive. Like embarrassing expensive. It pained us to purchase another one for Dax, not knowing how much longer Eli would be in his crib. So, we decided to purchase a cheap mattress for Eli, and give Dax the expensive one. Problem solved, except for Eli is a jumper. He doesn’t climb out of his crib but he jumps. And jumps and jumps and jumps. His cheap mattress is finally falling apart because of the jumping and we really have no choice but to get rid of it. I refuse to purchase another cheap mattress for him, and that’s ok because the other day he woke up from his nap and said “ok mom, I’m ready for my big boy bed now”

So there you have it it, our next project is the big boy room. David worked long and hard on it last weekend and it is looking amazing. We definitely had some hiccups (I’ll share about those later) but I am so happy with how it looks and I can’t wait for Eli to use his new room because after everything he’s been through in 3.5 years- he deserves it more than anybody!