1. The Big Girl Bed is a huge, huge success. Claire has been doing a pretty good job of going to bed (and STAYING in bed) and she's still very excited about the whole thing. I am so, so, so happy that we went with the full size bed because it is AWESOME to read her stories in that thing. Nice and roomy for both of us.
There is the small matter of her getting up too early, but it's really not any earlier than she was in her crib. The thing now is that she's free to get OUT of her bed the moment she wakes up rather than being forced to sit and read books until we deign to rescue her and, well, this getting up whenever thing is no bueno. For the past week my reality has been this:
5 am: Claire creeps into our bedroom and comes up to my side of the bed. NEVER Chris' side of the bed because, "Daddy's sleeping." (Apparently, only Daddy gets to retain sleeping privileges?)
She puts her chin on the bed, right by my face and whispers, "Mommy? Mommy? Moooooooommy!" As soon as I mumble anything signaling that I am conscious she shouts, "I AWAKE!"
Thusly, our day starts.
I'm looking for ideas on how to modify this behavior. Really, I am open to considering any idea as long as it does not involve duct tape. I cannot wake up at 5 am every day when I will have a newborn in three months IT IS JUST NOT FAIR. I was thinking about getting one of those "okay to be awake" clock things but the reviews on Amazon are kind of dicey.
Anyone have one of these? Anyone have a trick to get her to stay in bed later, that does not involve a later bedtime because WHOA that is not an option, Mommy needs her free time in the evenings.
2. The nursery is coming along. With the BGB in place we were free to finally put the crib and rocker into the baby's room and, whaddya know, that made it look more suitable for a baby.
There is still a loooooong way to go on this one though. For one, I initially thought that all of the pink stuff I had would be enough to make the blue room girly in a sassy, kind of funky way but now I totally disagree. It feels like I took a bunch of baby girl pink stuff and crammed it in a blue room and hoped for the best (which, HA HA is exactly what I did).
I think I am going to try and Craigslist a lot of my pink stuff so that I can replace it with some red and hot pink items that are a bit more bold. If anyone knows someone doing a baby girl pink nursery and needs some sweet PBK things secondhand and cheap, send 'em my way.
3. After I decided to sell all the pink stuff I went on an Etsy Mission to find cute red things for the nursery. Did you know that red has been assigned to boys? Yes, it has. If you look at any baby site all of the red stuff has trucks and puppies and firemen and airplanes on it, all screaming BOY! BOY! BOY! Annoying.
But, I did find a few things.
4. The Things:
The left image is some bedding from PBK that is too expensive, but I LOVE IT and I got the sheet (for $30 after tax and shipping, OMG) and I think I might model the rest of the room on it. It's a really big, graphic floral print with red, hot pink and blue (the very same blue as the walls). It feels bold and feminine rather than soft and feminine, which is where we went with Claire's room.
The third are some paper butterflies to put on the wall. I like that they're three-dimensional (and red and not for a boy), but I kind of wish they were red flowers and not butterflies. Or maybe the butterflies would be okay but it's that stripey background they're on that's throwing me off. I haven't decided yet. I have lots more links and ideas but I'm still mulling them over.
Anyway, red, hot pink, brown (in the chair) and dusky gray blue. I think I'm going to like it. At the very least, I'm making the best of that blue room.
5. We are going to a rodeo tomorrow and I am very interested to see what Claire thinks about it.
6. It is freaking cold in Texas.
7. Really, all I had to talk about was the baby's room and this format was the easiest way to get that done quickly so I can go to bed.