Party of Five

We’ve spent the last couple of weekends securing the furniture and storage/organization systems needed to free up space for this new baby. It seems that the third time around, nesting isn’t as much instinct as it is necessity. Though tiny by comparison, our impending addition is leading to quite a bit of shuffling.

The girls will be officially sharing a room, though it’s worth noting they’ve both slept in Ava’s room since Olivia moved from her crib. Her toddler bed didn’t last long—she decided early on she’d rather snuggle with Ava. Even though Olivia makes a remarkably poor bedmate, Ava never argued. But now that they’re having to share a room, I thought they might appreciate having their own space therein. With that in mind, we bought a low loft bed and a trundle that lays perpendicular. I am willing to bet we end up with two girls crammed into a twin size bed, but we’ll see.

To accomodate the consolidated bedrooms, we moved almost all of the toys down to a new playroom in the basement. I think Bryan is spending just as much time down there as the girls—he even set up some vintage gaming systems, which Ava and Olivia are enjoying as well. Despite acquiring new shelving, bins and boxes, most toys are currently “stored” in the center of the room.

I took some time today to go through the storage totes filled with newborn supplies and clothing. I’d say at least half of what we have could pass as gender neutral—a benefit of not knowing the sex of the previous two babies in advance. Bryan set up the crib, which still needs a special part to secure the drop side thanks to a major recall last year.

In the coming weeks, we’ll replace the expired car seat, and maybe even the car . . . Bryan has his eye on a minivan, which admittedly, would be quite practical for a family of five.

Just 10 weeks to go!

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Karyl on April 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    A lot of exciting changes! I, actually, have been thinking about getting a minivan for myself – to transport grandkids with more ease – and of course, I will have to get car seats, etc, too. I still want to keep my Tahoe – I love that vehicle, and cannot part with it. But – I do hope to have multiple grandkids here at the same time, and it would be really be nice to be able to transport them easily! Do they give discounts in Lawrence if you buy two?

  2. Posted by Rebecca's Mom on April 21, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Ten weeks will be here before we know it! The girls new bed set-up is a perfect choice and I’m sure they are thrilled! I am anxious to see the new colors in “their” bedroom.

  3. Posted by Laugh at Jessie on April 22, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I can’t wait to see pictures of the new girls room. I love trundle beds.

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