Many of y’all have asked me for a peak into Lady Ellis’ (that's what Aunt Nana calls her :-) nursery. Well here is a shocker for you. As much as I like to decorate a room, we didn’t do a nursery for her. When we were pregnant with Dutch we purposefully made the nursery gender neutral because it was always our intention for our children to share a room. It's not that we don't have the space; we do have another bedroom, but we would like our kiddos to share a room when they are younger. We're thinking this will be a great opportunity to continue building character with our children. And to be honest, Dutch didn't move into the nursery until he was 8 months old, and even then only for a few hours a day until he was 11 months old, so Ellis will probably stay in our room about the same amount of time and then we will do a transition of some sort. Of course we don't know exactly what it will be like, but this is how we think we are going to try to start.
When we were preparing for Ellis’ arrival, the nursery remained the same (see here). I did hang a hair bow holder in the room and selected her own scripture verse that we will pray over her (see here), but for the most part it remains the same.
In the nursery there are 2 large closets; however, we decided not to put Ellis’ clothes in the nursery just yet. Since she is currently sleeping with us, if she ever needs a change of clothes or diaper change we don’t want to interrupt Dutch who may be sleeping. So we set up a dressing room of sorts in the guest room for her until she starts sleeping in the nursery. In the guest room there are 2 large walk-in closets and a full bath, so we just moved the rocker into the room and gave one closet to Ellis for clothes, blankets, shoes, etc. Here are some photos of Ellis“dressing room” for now.
Sorry I was too lazy to edit these pictures, so they’re a little dark. But in reality the walls are gray and all of the accents are white & ivory.
That’s our little girl’s dressing room. When she moves into the nursery with her brother her clothes will go with her. So far this system is working great for us and it was awesome not to have to create another nursery while I was pregnant.
Does anyone else have children that have shared a room? we’ve got at least a year before Ellis moves in, but what transitional tips do you have for me?