I always said I wouldn’t have another child. One was plenty.
I mean, if you have a child already, you know that one is plenty. But inevitably people, whether by bad luck or good, irresponsibility or choice, generally have more than one.
And then it happens. SIBLINGS.
Its the one thing that isn’t talked about as much when you introduce a new member of the family. Of course as adults our lives change, but we are used to that adapting. We get that there will be midnight feedings and diaper changes and tantrums. We know that date nights are over (if you ever had them) and vacations are now work.
Charlotte is 6.5 so introducing a baby to the family, for her world, is an entirely new concept. She has a cousin her age, she has 4 pets, but she has also undoubtedly been the light of her mother and fathers world since her entry into the world.
She IS the world.
Now with a new baby, comes new baby stuff, and with that, comes jealousy, however slight since she cant have bottles and pacis and baby blankets herself, but its there. She is seeing the “new” show up and I know she walks in her room and sees the old. One of the things I have been trying to do is every time I order Phoenyx something, I get her something too. Of course this isn’t something I can keep up for entirety. He cant get an outfit and she get one side by side. Ill be broke in 6 months. But for the big occasion, I wanted her to know that she is, and always be, just as special her brother.
QUEUE THE LOFT BED
Charlotte had a beautiful white crib as a baby that converted into a daybed and then to a full. I never got the set to move it up to a full (tip: buy converters all at the same time) and eventually bought her a twin, which suited her room. Then in May decided to upgrade that bed to something cooler. Hipper. More 6.5 year old going on… 6.5.
A loft bed.
Partly I wanted her to feel special, to get something new, partly I wanted her to have something that her brother wouldn’t have for a long, long time.
I met Kim online earlier this year. she runs a store called Artistic Sensations that carries a wide variety of beautiful linens, bed sets, baby bedding, designer bedding, and amazing bedroom furniture.
About Artistic Sensations:
Children’s Bedding, Kids Furniture & Teen Room Decor
Artistic Sensations, “the one-stop-shop to create your child’s dream room” began in the early 90’s by me, Kim Gellman, an at-home mother of two young boys, when I realized that creating the “perfect” kid’s dream room was not at all as easy as I had imagined. So, in 1996, Artistic Sensations was born to fulfill the needs of all those parents who desire unique, customized, high quality furniture,bedding for boys and girls, accessories and gift ideas for their infants and young children. I chose an online presence first to offer as many parents as possible regardless of geographic location, the opportunity to decorate with unique style and have fun with their kids rooms. As we all know, busy parents rarely have the opportunity to frequent specialty stores. Our limited free time, which usually occurs after the kids go to bed or before they wake up in the morning, doesn’t coincide with retail store hours!!!
Of course, when I saw this bedroom loft bed, I knew it was the princess dream bed that I wanted to give Charlotte.Maybe minus the slide. I already have a gymnast on my hands, I didn’t need a gymnast doing cartwheels down the slide when I wasn’t looking.
So I talked to Kim and she agreed to help Charlotte’s transition into being a sister and getting her something “Special” a dream come true.
There are so many choices when you are choosing a loft bed. From high to low, from fancy linens to fort linens, you can get something just perfect for your child.
It took a few months to get shipping straight, but we were able to start assembling the bed in May to Charlotte’s delight.
Step #1: READ THE DIRECTIONS.
Step #2: READ THE DIRECTIONS.
Really, that part is important. Knowing the pieces, what to pull out of the box first, where to find everything, it makes a difference. Overall, the bed assembly itself went fantastic. I find that when Chris is putting something together, I hear the words “They left such and such out of the box” atleast 5 times, when we always find it. The only actual issue we had with the bed was that some of the drill holes were not drilled out all the way and required some extra drilling to fit correctly.
The assembly time was about 2 hours, that includes Charlotte in and out, separating pieces, reading directions, putting together and adding linens. The loft bed was extremely sturdy and after two months usage, I know its complete quality and solid.
Its going to last her years to come.
What I still Like About it:
Charlotte has really taken to this kind of bed. She does to be up high, its been super easy for her to maneuver, even in the middle of the night, and other than a stern talking to about jumping from the top to a mat on the floor, she has followed the rules.
I often find her and her friends underneath the bed in the “Fort” playing school or reading books and because the bed is now off the floor, I have been able to add her book shelves, toy box, and some chairs for her. Its really opened up the availability of space her room and made her feel private.
Above all, I know she has felt special that she had a room upgrade, since there was a nursery makeover going on. And while it may not be one of the 10 most elaborate kid rooms out there, its hers.
And that’s what counts.
So tell me, when your first born became a sibling, how did you make them feel special?
Loft bed provided by Artistic Sensations to facilitate this article, shipping costs provided by MomDot, opinions by Charlotte and Mom. Assembly by Dad.