Sunday, February 26, 2012

Summer's Big Girl Room

Well, it's finally finished!  Our goal was to have Summer into her big girl room by the end of February, so that she would have at least a month in it before Baby arrives.  We just finished our last few projects this weekend.  YAY!  Tomorrow night will be the first night she sleeps in her big girl bed!  YIKES! Our little girl is growing up!!

Tonight as Paul and I peeked in on her sleeping in her crib for the last night, she was all snuggled up, sleeping on her pillow (which we introduced two weeks ago to help center her), and I wished I could take a picture without waking her up!  It is hard not to feel nostalgic, thinking of it being her last night in her crib, so, being pregnant and closer to tears than normal (due to that fact) :) I am choosing to just be really excited about the new room she will get to sleep in tomorrow night!  Here are a few pictures and a little video survey of her new room.  I have had so much fun getting it ready for her and decorating in pink and purple! 

I had a lot of fun making the headboard cover and wall hangings to match her bedspread!  I learned a ton about binding a quilt---the corners are kind of tricky!  I looked up some videos online to teach me how to do it.  We got a new pull shade for her window that has no strings (our old one made me nervous with her sleeping so close to a window).  Because our windows have funny edges, the brackets the shade came with to hang it didn't work.  Paul "invented" a new way to hang the shade by incorporating several pieces of hardware and some creativity.  Go Paul!
Because we are using the headboard for a foot board to start, the slip cover over the headboard makes it look better from the back and helps create a cozy reading/baby doll corner on the back side.
This white shelf used to be mine when I was little.  The pink storage boxes have "big girl" toys such as Little Ponies, paper dolls, and Barbies that we got from a friend whose daughter outgrew these toys.  Summer loves to come in the room and play!

Here is Summer''s reading and baby doll nook.   Summer has already been playing with her dolls in her big girl room since Christmas.  She loves to rock them to sleep, put them down for a nap, feed them, comb their hair, give them kisses, dance with them to music, burp them, and push them in the stroller.  This little rocking chair was Paul's when he was little, and I made a pink chair cover out of some left over fabric from her bulletin board and wall hangings.  I also spray painted an old quilt hanger and painted some flowers and a butterfly on it so it would match her room.

We got the white wicker furniture off Craig's list, and I think it goes well with her bedding and her name, "Summer".  It is in really good shape and helps make the room look girly!  I put a few coats of white spray paint on it to give it a fresh look.  I also spray painted white an old bulletin board I had growing up and covered it in pink fabric.  Right now I have the Valentine's she got from her friend's hung on it.  The light switch cover was one that my mom put in my big girl room when I moved out of the nursery, so it is kind of fun to have it in Summer' big girl room!

I had fun finding decorations at Good Will and Consignment Sales.  My mom found some cute hooks that went well in the room and Paul helped me hang them at Summer's height so she can hang her backpack and coat :)

Her night stand contains her diaper supplies, her blanky and dollie, the Bible we read from each morning, and her favorite flashlight with animals that attach to the end so they can be projected onto the wall!
Summer, when you read this post when you are older, know that a lot of love and care went into this room to make it special for you!  We love you!!!


Jill said...

Sweet, emotional post. Yes, hard to believe it's Summer's last night in a crib, but SO exciting that she is moving into the beautiful bedroom you have lovingly created for her! And, the nursery will only be empty for another 6 weeks or so and then Baby Boy will arrive!!

The Baum Family said...

You did a fabulous job creating a special space for Summer!!!! I love it. I hope the transition is an easy one for you all! :)

The Mac-Trans said...

WOW! The room looks fantastic! You are so creative, I envy you:) Great job Paul & Kelly..and YAY Summer for having a big girl room:)

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