When Eloise first asked me for her own room I admit that my thoughts immediately went to Esther..her roommate. I communicated to Eloise I was not comfortable with the displacement of a sister unless another suitable rooming situation that she approved was found for her. And no, the local animal shelter does not quality.
The only other place Esther could go was to her baby sister’s room. A sister that is nearly 5 year younger than her, still in a crib, gets up at the crack of dawn, and can honestly still smell bad. I expected Esther to say ‘there is no way I’m rooming with my baby sister’ but instead she said ‘really?! I’m so excited to room with Astrid! She’s so funny!’
Problem solved. Eloise got her tween room makeover and a space all of her own and her own door to slam so very soon. May peace be with her.
Esther moved into the nursery and their bedroom makeover began.
I told Esther that she could pick the colors but somehow we needed to figure out how to shove them both into this 10×10 space and still have room to walk AND we currently are not in a position to buy new furniture. Esther said she wanted Caribbean Blue…not just any blue..but Caribbean Blue. Astrid wanted a room full of Raspberries.
Also I like to keep my children caged up as long as possible so Astrid is still in her crib in this room(thankful that none of my kids ever climbed out of the baby cage) – so when she moves out of that(when she’s 10, right?) we will have to decide if we can swing bunk-beds to help with the space constraints or if we will just have to find another twin somewhere.
They’ve been together now for four months and they love sharing. I thought Astrid’s early waking would bother Esther…but sometimes at 5:30 when I’m downstairs
meditating blogging with a bong cup of coffee I hear Astrid wake-up and whisper ‘Esther Esther – can you hear me’ and I always expect to hear ‘Astrid please go back to sleep’ but instead I hear ‘Let me come lift you out of your crib so we can snuggle for awhile.’ Which is followed by soft giggles and sometimes a return to slumber.
When I go upstairs I sometimes find them both as two little spoons dreaming away in a sea of Raspberry Pink and Caribbean Blue. I bet their dreams are fantastic.
Bedroom Make-over Details:
Colors – Benjamin Moore Seaside Blue and Razzle Dazzle Pink
Astrid’s crib and bedding – existing(Ikea nearly 3 years ago)
Esther’s bed – actually given to us many years ago by my old boss in The Netherlands.
Esther’s duvet – Garnet Hill
Desk – given to us by Kristi
Desk Chair – awesome desk chair from Ikea
Bean Bag – gift from their Auntie Amy from Pottery Barn Teen
Wicker bookshelf – from Pier 1 from like 1989 when I was in college(thank god I trashed the papason chair – raise your hand if you owned a papasan?)
Sheer panels and canopy – clearance from Ikea
We still have some more decorating to do…but all and all I think she’s pretty happy with the results…don’t you?
Wordful Wednesday with Parenting by Dummies.