About 2 months ago, Terry and I decided that it would be a good idea to start the process of moving Paige into the second bedroom and into a toddler bed. We will need the cot for the new baby mid-March and would rather have one change at a time for Paige. I have read horror stories about how some kids just do not adjust well to change and completely regress when they have to change rooms, or move into a toddler bed, and when a new sibling arrives. I must be honest that it was a concern for me if too much changed for Paige early next year.
So, I looked around and got pricing of bed styles that I liked, and weighed the pros and cons of going for a toddler bed or just jumping straight to a single bed – we decided on the latter. I found a small company in the Midlands area that make cottage style furniture from solid pine and they were actually cheaper than the popular Durban manufacturer, even with the additional delivery charge from the Midlands to Durban. We placed our order and waited…and waited…and waited. It took about 21 working days, which is a long time waiting in anticipation, and the communication skills of the staff were well below average. BUT, the bed was delivered to us on 19 October and it is GORGEOUS! Exactly what I had hoped.
We put her new linen on the new bed, hung the new curtains, and moved her play mat and toys. We had already discussed and decided that we would start Paige off small, putting her in her new bed, in her new room, for her midday naps for the following week, and then we would start her at bedtime over the weekend (in case there were midnight wakings followed by scared screams).
Well, Paige was having none of this. She slept so well for her first nap in the bed, that the next day she proceeded to tuck herself in for her nap, while our amazing nanny looked on in surprise. The second night was the one, and when we said to Paige it was bed time she ran straight to her new room and climbed into her new bed, instead of going to her old room where the cot still was.
She loves her new room, and more than that, she seems to really LOVE her new bed! No adjustment issues, no anxieties about waking up in a new room – nothing. I think she adjusted better than we did.
You know how silly we first time parents can be, fretting about certain things because you are petrified of the unknown. All the time spent “Googling” tips on how to handle the transition from cot to bed so that it was stress free for all concerned – what an utter waste of time. Paige has, once again, proven to be a tough little cookie, and she really doesn’t seem to be bothered by much. She takes each new challenge in her stride and just adapts to her surroundings. Terry and I adapt quite well to change, so I don’t know why we thought that she would be any different.
Anyway, it has been 2 weeks since the bed arrived, and she has made the room her own quite quickly. All it took was a little Hurricane Paige moment for all of her toys to be blown around the room in a whirlwind mess. She know where everything is and doesn’t even glance into her old room anymore.
The decor of her new and improved Big Girl Room is still a work in progress but it is looking lovely so far and I am so pleased with how everything is coming together. It is bright and fresh and girly, and is adaptable for her to grow into her new environment. We still have a few key bits and pieces to do but a little each month is easier on the bank account (I know you know what I mean).
I want to share a few of the DIY plans that we have in mind, so stay tuned for that.