This has been a big week for us.
My 1-and-a-half-year-old made the move from her nursery to her 3-year-old sister’s room. We moved her so that she could get accustomed to the new digs before No. 3 arrives.
While I was a little apprehensive, the transition has gone beautifully. My toddler has really taken to her new surroundings and her big sister is working through mixed feelings of enthusiasm and loss with the utmost grace.
Early morning wake-ups continue, still managing to alert my husband and I in the next room while somehow not phasing our 3-year-old or our family dog, which has also taken up residence in the room.
It’s amazing how your house (and everything else) adjusts when you have kids.
Our finished basement-turned-entertainment-room is now also a playroom. Our former office is now the girls’ room. We have a kitchen drawer filled with plastic ware dedicated to the inevitable cup-stacking, plastic bowl hat-wearing and random toy stashing. It gets dumped and refilled numerous times a day. We have grownup furniture that doubles as toy bins. Our aquarium stand is a mini children’s library. We have a chalkboard on our kitchen wall—at shin level.
It all works, and yet, as the girls grow and we prepare for No. 3, we find ourselves analyzing every detail of our layout to find more space.
Luckily, Del Ray is stock full of playgrounds and dog parks. Our neighborhood is designed so that you get to know your neighbors. As Dana Damico’s recent blog post so eloquently reminded me, we are more than blessed to be a part of this incredible and rare community that is Del Ray and Alexandria.
Space will be an issue that never dies. This spring, as we welcome No. 3 into our little home, we will continue to adjust. Things will be imperfectly perfect, just as they should be.
What creative things have you done to incorporate life with kids? Tell us in the comments.