We have finally completed Mads ‘big girl’ room. It was started way back in November, but due to the fact that we had to wait an absolute age for the cot bed to be delivered, we have only just finished it now. On Sunday she spent the day at my Dad’s and we transformed our old study for her. Her face was an actual picture when she came in, she was so excited and proceeded straight away to get in her new bed.
I thought I would do a little tour of her very first ‘big girls’ room.
We decided on a woodland theme.
Above her bed we got a canvas made of my favourite photo of her, her ‘flying’ in the rape seed last summer. On the wall next to her curtains are some home made owls, made very kindly for her by my mother in law.
We kept the existing chair that was in our study so we could sit and read her a bedtime story and bought this owl cushion from Sass & Belle. Next to it is ‘Rabbit’ who I was given on the day I was born and has been my most trusted companion ever since. I love my little girl enough that I have entrusted her to look after him!
We put up two floating white shelves to add bits and pieces. These Ingela P Arrhenius owl nesting dolls were from The Kid Who and we bought the little toadstool night light from Not On The High Street.
On the other shelf we have her photos of her in my tummy which we call her ‘first ever photo.’ The little owl paper lantern was from her Auntie Paula.
We chose a wardrobe from Next which had four inbuilt shelves, so we filled them with nick nacks. These owls are from various different places, mainly again from her Auntie Paula.
On the next shelf we bought a big toadstool from the Jools Oliver for Mothercare range, it is meant to be a doorstop but we thought it looked nice next to the very hungry caterpiller!
Mads made this ceramic star dish herself on our last weekend as a three. The Monday after baby LL arrived.
Baby LL bought this for her big sister on the day she came to meet her in the hospital!
We bought these little toadstool lights to hang from the end of her bed from Toyday.co.uk, they actually make the room very cosy when the lights are off and they are on.
Mads is very lucky to go to her Auntie Paula’s every week. Auntie Paula is one of my Mum’s best friends and her Mum ‘Nanny Ann’ knitted this rather lovely owl for Mads. He sits on the windowsill and oversees what’s going on.
This photo frame hangs by the door, we need to get a photo of LL in there too, although she was in my tummy in two of them.
She has ‘stars’ covering her ceiling which glow in the dark and her paper lampshade is Farg & Form from Nubie.
Mr E bought both our girls a ‘special Daddy present’ on the day they were born and he wrapped them up and bought them to the hospital. They both have rabbits like Mummy had on the day she was born, although each of them has a different one. Mads has a pink bunny who sits on her new big girl bed. I like to think that one day they will know how special these presents are and how thoughtful their Dad is.
The owl bedding and curtains are from Dunelm, I am not a massive fan of baby pink children’s rooms so I was thrilled to find a set that weren’t too girly but were still fun for a toddler.
So there you have it.
A ‘big girl’ room for my biggest little girl, who is growing far too quickly. Both myself and Mr E watched her playing yesterday in her new bed and exchanged glances at each other as she was jumping around in delight- I know what we were both thinking without having to say any words at all- our little girl is growing up fast!*
*NB- Not too fast however as she is not actually sleeping in her big girl room just yet- she still naps for three hours in the afternoon and sleeps twelve/thirteen hours a night- I am not risking that by putting her into a big girl bed until I possibly have too. While LL is still in with us, she is staying in her nursery!