Finding out that we're having a third child join our family is awesome-- but it poses a bit of a challenge to our family's sleeping logistics. We have three bedrooms upstairs and two downstairs (currently used as our office and guest room). So, what to do? We have two options-- convert our downstairs office into a bedroom for Caleb and move the office/guest room together... or have Caleb and Emerson share a bedroom. At first I was really thinking that Caleb would be moving downstairs... but... the more I thought about it, the more I felt a little weird about it. He'd be all the way downstairs... separate from the rest of the family. He is ONLY 5... we're going to try and keep everyone upstairs for the time being. This means... double room... double trouble.
I'm happy that all the kids will be sleeping upstairs across the hall from Doug and I-- but the thought of these two sharing a room is a little scary to me... Will they ever sleep again? Will I ever sleep again?
There are a few issues that will need to be overcome to make this work. First, the kids have somewhat different sleeping schedules-- Caleb goes to bed later and is usually awake earlier. Secondly, Emerson is a VERY light sleeper-- oh dear. And lastly-- Caleb is SUPER territorial about HIS toys, HIS space, and HIS bedroom. It's going to be an adjustment for us all.
And then there are other things to consider... how do I make a somewhat smallish bedroom functional for two kids? How do I make the room cute and fun for a boy and a girl? That's going to be my challenge for the next few months.
So, here's what I'm thinking.
First of all, beds with built in storage. If Caleb does ever move downstairs, he's going to need a bed with drawers since the room is really small. Instead of bunkbeds, I've decided that I'd like to use two separate beds with drawers since I think they will give us the most flexibility in the long run. This means we're scrapping the idea of having a dresser in the room. We'll have to outfit the closet with some super clothing/toy organization to help with the storage situation as well.
If Doug has time, he might try building the beds to hopefully save us a bit of $$. If we run out of time... we'll be running on over to Ikea for their Brimnes twin beds :)
Now... how to make the room work aesthetically for both a boy and a girl. Well, not too sure how it's all going to happen yet. But so far here's what I'm thinking:
- I'll keep the walls light and fresh
- I definitely plan to add some vintage charm with artwork and accessories
- Go for some graphic pattern-- maybe black and white? maybe some stripes?
- Maybe I can fit a chalkboard wall in there somewhere...
Here's some pretty pictures that are inspiring me...
Love the feel of this space... and that storage is amazing!!
Double beds... check. Cute vintage charm? check.
Loving this art wall.
This one too!
Oh yeah, and I like this one.
Love that graphic black and white with the pops of red...
Chalkboard wall... stripes. That's two from my list! Oh, and great storage inspiration!
This room is pretty much shared room perfection in my books... just need to squeeze in two beds and my two kids could more right in :)
We'll see what happens...
Okay people... so now you've gotta tell me... do your kids share bedrooms? How do you make it work? How did you ease your kids into it? Any tips for me? Please help! I'm feeling a little worried :)