The Great Room Switch-a-roo

Our house is old, built in 1924. The rooms are not set up as they might be in more modern homes. However, we LOVE this house. We love the character, the wood and it’s imperfections (ok, some of them are annoying, but you know what I mean!). We purposely didn’t buy a cookie-cutter home. We don’t want to tell people “ours is the 5th beige home on the left!” So, when we moved into our house we thought the perfect way to deal with the 2 huge rooms and 1 small room would be for David and I to have the upstairs large room (with bathroom and dormer area) for our bedroom and David’s home office. Cora used the small room downstairs and the other large bedroom downstairs we used as our family/toy room. Well, it wasn’t long before we realized I was pregnant and our current situation was not going to work. So…we changed all that over the weekend! It was a long process but we had good help. We were EXHAUSTED on Saturday night, but I think when all is said and done it’ll be a really positive change. What did we do?

Big room downstairs WAS the family/toy room. It is NOW our bedroom. The small room downstairs WAS Cora’s bedroom. It is NOW the office. The whole upstairs WAS David and my room. It is NOW the kid’s room, and we’ve moved all the toys up to the dormer area to create a play room! I’ll have to do photos later. I still want to get things painted, the photos need to be rearranged on the walls and all that sort of thing, but the worse of it is over.

We had a bit of an eventful night on Saturday. The kids go to bed at different times so we thought this would work to our favor. Well, apparently Ben wasn’t as asleep as we thought he would be, and he woke up when we took Cora up for bed. Thus ensued “Ben’s Crib Party.” He was literally running (while holding on, of course) up and down the length of his crib, throwing out his pacis, blankets and stuffed animals all while giggling, laughing and shrieking in delight over his sister. Of course, she couldn’t just go to sleep so they had themselves a little party. We let them be for about 10 minutes hoping they’d get it out of their system, but it was only the beginning of a very long, tear-filled (the kids AND me!) night. We ended the night/early morning with Ben finally asleep in his bed at around 3 a.m. and with Cora in our room on a make-shift bed on our floor. Oh, and at some point during the night (I think one-ish) I woke up with a tickle in my throat and so David passed me our water cup. In giving it back it somehow got knocked out of my hands and we ended up with SOAKED sheets, mattress pad, pajamas, selves. Oh what a night…

ANYWAY! We do believe this will be a really great change for all of us. We just have to work out the kinks and get the kids used to sleeping in the same room.

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