With K’s big girl room virtually complete (I just need a few finishing details, which I may never find because I am so picky), I have started the process of putting the nursery back together for baby #2. First step was to bring down the boxes and boxes of baby clothes I saved from K to start sorting though what I have.
The good news is most of K’s clothes look fantastic. The bad news is babies born in opposite seasons (one in March the second in October) means that many of the clothes I so carefully saved will be out of season when they fit baby #2. Like the adorable, handmade 1st Christmas dress. Not to mention that K didn’t wear pants (just dresses and onesies) until she was about 6 months old and baby #2 will need teeny-tiny pants for winter. So there are holes to fill in, but for the most part we are pretty set.
Now comes the great debate. Being first born, I handed down all of my clothes to my younger sister. So, I was never the recipient of hand-me-downs myself. So I don’t really know what it is like to receive hand-me-down stuff, but I fully believe in hand-me-downs and frequently shop consignment sales for others hand-me-downs. However, while baby #2 will be spoiled rotten in an overflow of hand-me-down clothes, toys, furniture, dolls and more (plus a nice sprinkling of new things, I cannot decide what to do about the crib bedding — hand me down or a fresh look?
As conservative as I am about spending money where it doesn’t need to be spent (read frugal), I kind of think the new baby deserves new bedding/decor. It won’t be a total room makeover. After all, we never even considered looking at new baby cribs, a new changing table or even a new glider (so glad it’s a girl and I can reuse my pink glider!). I am not even considering painting the room, which is a nice, neutral wheat color. But what I am considering is new bedding, which would mean a new bumper, skirt, hamper, throw pillow (for my glider) and valance. That’s it. I learned from experience the matching quilt is unnecessary – we NEVER used K’s. I can totally live without a diaper stacker. And I will totally reuse the same sheets. Oh, I would probably want to recover the cushion I made for the rocking chair that was mine as a girl too, since I made it from fabric left over from the valance… But that’s really it. I am not even planning on changing the art over the crib (see below).
I feel these few new items would bring a fresh look to the new baby’s room making it feel more like her room rather than K’s old room. But my husband (who is normally so flexible about these things) is dead-set against it. Of course when it comes to technology, my husband as all about checking out the latest and greatest nursery monitors. (And we got a brand new one that is AWESOME that I can’t wait to tell you about during my Virtual Baby Shower in August!) But he thinks it is a waste to replace the old stuff (which I would sell to off-set the cost). After all, they were only used for a few years. To top it off, I brought up the topic with a group of friends who all agreed with my husband – I was quite surprised. They reasoned that in about thee years, I will have to totally redo the room anyway so why bother now.
What to do, what to do.
This is K’s old decor (not her room, this is a stock photo).
This is how it looked in her room (picture is from right after her first birthday). (Sorry it is’t a better picture, I can’t find the good ones.)
I really do still love it… I just think the new baby deserves something that is her own. I get sad when I go in the room now because to me it is K’s old room and that means K is growing up. So maybe Mommy needs a new look…
If I did change it, what would I choose…? I don’t know. As much as I love pink and brown, I am really into the bright colorful owl prints right now, so I would probably go with one of the many patterns I have seen with pinks, greens and other bright colors…
But first I have to decide. New bedding/decor? Or stick with what works?