i’m excited to share some photos and details on beatrice and madalena’s room… finally!
THE NEW “NURSERY”
the girls moved into their room (josh’s and my old office, RIP – the office) over the summer when i weaned them from breastfeeding. it was hard to give up the office because we really liked having a separate space for working where we can close the door and not be on the computer or phone when we needed to work while the kids were home (it was a main factor for moving into a bigger apartment a few years ago, which was before we knew we’d be having twins) – we’re trying to figure out a new arrangement for the office situation (currently set up in a corner of the living room, and not so bad since the living room can be closed off entirely as well with the double sliding doors and the french door, BUT! will share more on this configuration soon.)
ANYWAY! the girls moved into this space over the summer as i weaned them from breastfeeding and also from our bed. you might recall from some of my posts in the past, as we’ve had more children and figured out what works best for them and us, i’ve done away with cribs and nursery rooms entirely during the breastfeeding chapter of their life and we just co-sleep together during that time. in the past, this worked for us because it was only one baby in our bed, and when i weaned them, they were ready to transition to a toddler bed at this point over a crib (or with eleanor and samson, a mattress on the floor together for the first few months since i was transitioning them from tandem nursing) since they were around two. i weaned beatrice and madalena earlier than i would have liked to because two babies in our bed was killing our entire family and with the way i prefer to nurse on demand, i couldn’t figure out how to do away with nighttime feedings entirely. so, long story short (or longer?!), the girls transitioned into toddler beds in their very own room much earlier than any of our older children have in the past. but somehow, it’s working. most of the time! ;)
ON THE SLEEP ARRANGEMENT
during the first few months, i would have to put one to sleep by herself and then about twenty minutes later, put her sister to sleep. it was too tricky to do both at the same time at first since they’d just bother one another (so much twin chat!). but we’ve graduated now to the place where josh or i am able to kneel between both tiny toddler beds and rub their backs or play with their hair and sing them songs at the same time as they doze off. the biggest question i get is, how do you keep them in their beds and not wanting to get out and go play?! i think the two reasons this is working, is because we stay with them until they fall asleep and because this room doesn’t have any of their toys (we keep all the fun stuff in the playroom!) and this room is dedicated to books and sleeping. the same goes with our three older kids who share a room, too (ps- we’ve redone their room as well recently. will share soon!). the big kids bedroom is a sleeping room, and our older kids know if they wake up and their siblings are still sleeping, they can come out to the playroom to read or play or do art or build something or do whatever quietly so they won’t wake the others. every family set-up is different, but for us with city apartment living, this has been what works best. beatrice and madalena know that their nursery room is their sleep room. we have a routine every evening where after brushing our teeth and getting into our pajamas, we read books on their bed together (with the lights already dim) and then when the lights go black, we lay down and say a prayer and mama rubs her back and sings to her until she is fully out. in the beginning, beatrice got this routine down in the first couple of nights and it was so easy peasy with her (she’d also do a solid 9-10 hours without issue) while madalena liked to sit up a lot and want to open the curtain at the window and look out during our night routine at all the twinkling city lights. eventually, madalena got the routine down solid and then beatrice went through a phase of wanting to stand up on her bed and look out the window like thirty times as we were going to sleep. they switch a lot, but for the most part, they know when the room goes dark that they don’t have much of a choice but to sleep. i’ve learned if i keep quiet when they sit up or want to open the curtain, they grow bored with it and stop. i’ve never done the crying it out method. i’ll stay in their room and rub their backs and sing to them until they are asleep. it’s just what we have preferred over here. it can take a little while, but it’s what works for us. also, for the first month or so, i’d put a few pillows on the floor between their beds incase they rolled out in the night, but they stay in their beds just fine and it hasn’t been a problem.
hands down, my favorite part of their room is the wallpaper. i have loved looking at beautiful abstract and colorful wallpaper prints online for years, but they’ve always felt intimidating to actually execute as well as out of reach for us since we are renting. a lot of you recommended removable wallpaper to me several months back when i did a poll on my instagram about what to do with this space. it felt less daunting to hear so many of you had worked with removable wallpaper and had a great experience. it was only a matter of time before i was working my angle to get josh davis on board. ;) the girls wallpaper was gifted to us from chasing paper and all seven of us over here (and especially josh davis) are in love with the floral print. at first i wasn’t sure if going with something big and bold would be overkill, but every time i browsed different wallpapers online, i kept coming back to this floral print. for anyone curious, removable wallpaper is basically a big sticker that you apply to the wall and can peel off when the time comes to change it out (or move out of your rental) without harming the wall whatsoever. something else we didn’t realize until it went up on the wall, but it has done wonders to distract and disguise how uneven our old nyc apartment walls are. our walls seriously bow and curve in many sections and since the print is more abstract (less geometric), it hides the awkwardness of the uneven lines in a rather nice way. thank you to chasing paper for gifting us this wallpaper and helping us get it on the wall.
since i had given away our old toddler beds years ago (gosh – how i have regretted that- they were jenny lind and i can’t find them online anymore!), i found these toddler beds (slightly similar to jenny lind) on amazon and they’ve been great. the quilts are from pottery barn kids, as are most of the throw pillows (a few from crate and kids, too.) the lamp is an oldie that we’ve had for several years from land of nod (now crate and kids) and the rug is from here (by the way, it shed like crazy the first month or two after we bought it. but it’s totally fine now!). the white cart holding all the changing table goodies is from target. the turquoise storage bins on the shelves are from amazon. most of the things in there aren’t the girls, but it’s where we store office and home supplies, from our camera equipment to odds and ends to files and what not.
get ready for a lot of photos below!
possibly my favorite photo of the batch, sums up their personalities so well. madalena is always climbing anything (she likes to make a slide out of everything, too) and beatrice has incredible facial expressions that always let you know how she’s feeling. they are the best, these two. so much fun.
if i missed anything you’re curious about regarding their room details or night routines, please ask below. stay tuned for more updated room tours since many rooms and furniture arrangements have shifted over here.