Basement Redo

These past couple of months I have been working on fixing up our basement a little bit in order to have more of a play room down there for Ray. For a while we just had a lot of storage down there with a few toys that he could play with when we were down there. Then we got a table that used to be mine from when I was little so he could paint and work on projects. Once I was finally able to give away the piano that was down there I started to get a lot more room in order to move things around an make it more functional for both of us. Now that he is getting bigger I am able to let him go down there to play by himself sometimes when I need to do things like get dinner ready.

I found a lot of the things that we have down there at yard sales so we did not spend all that much to really put this room together or some of it was from my childhood. He loves writing with chalk so the cute easel that I got at a yard sale was perfect. All I had to do was get some chalkboard paint and put another coat on it so that the chalk would work better.

We have a cute little bookshelf that was mine from when I was little along with the table. I have put all of his art supplies out on the bookshelf so that he is able to get out paper and markers or paints whenever he feels like doing that. We also have play dough that he is able to get and play with. The table is perfect for him as well because he can either sit in the chairs or stand beside it to do things.

We also decided to move his toy box down to the basement as well because he never really got into it when it was in his room. I have found that this is an easy way to rotate his toys. I am able to take some toys that we have upstairs that he has been playing with and move them down to the toy box and get something new out when he starts to get bored every couple months.

I also moved his little workbench down to the basement since he was being too rough with it when it was upstairs. Every time we go down there now that is the first thing that he goes to. It is also better down there since the walls are brick. If he hits them with his little hammer it doesn’t really matter.

We left most of the floor carpet. The people that owned the house before us put down remnant pieces that covered most of the concrete floors. Once I moved the shelving and the piano I had a small section of the floor that did not have any carpet covering it. I decided that my best bet would be to buy a pre sized piece of vinyl flooring which was just six feet by eight feet and put that down on the floor where he will be doing art projects. This makes for really easy clean up and I don’t worry too much if he spills something.

Overall for our little house having a space that he can play in and leave things out and just have some fun is great. Ever since he stopped going to daycare I felt like he needed a place where we could do art projects and have fun getting a little messy. In the winter it is great because he will be able to go and play and have some fun when it is too nasty to go outside. We are finding that in the summer it is also a good place to go in the afternoon when it is just too hot to be outside.

Growing Up Already

So this week I moved little man from his crib into a big boy bed. I seriously do not think that I have ever seen him this excited in his entire life. I cannot believe that he is already sleeping in a big boy bed. It seems like just yesterday we were switching him from his bassinet to his crib. Now the crib is gone and a twin sized bed is in its place. It is such a bitter sweet moment and as a mom I know there are going to be many, many more of these moments.

Now, we have been talking about switching him out of his crib for a little while because he is just getting too big for his crib. We were even to the point with the crib that we put the mattress right on the floor inside the crib sides because he was climbing out of it and he was not cautious at all when he dropped to the floor. He is about three feet tall now and throughout the night we would hear him move and hit the sides so it is definitely time. I tried to plan it out so he would have an easier time adjusting to the move. I did not want to do it before a weekend that we were going away since he was sleeping in a pack-and-play while we were visiting the in laws. Which brings us to this week. I kind of jumped the gun and switched his bed on Monday instead of doing it when I planned to on Thursday.

Luckily my good sleeper has stayed a good sleeper!!! The first night did take about an hour and a half to get him to stay in bed and finally fall asleep. Then each night after has been getting easier and easier. This last night he did not even try to get out of bed at all. I am so happy that he is doing so well with this transition. I have found that as long as I stick to my word and make him realize that when it is time to go to bed that is it he is now really getting the hang of it. When I was trying to figure out how to transition him I read different things that said to sit next to him the first night and slowly move myself out of his room (which I might add could take forever). I guess I am just not that kind of mom because I know that he is little, however, he is smart enough to open the refrigerator and tell me what he wants to eat so he should definitely be smart enough to go to sleep on his own in his own bed in his own room. He is just so excited that getting up to roam his room is fun but we are instilling good habits and when it is time to sleep you stay in your bed.

All I know is that now he has his big boy bed he thinks he is a big boy. He has even stopped calling me mama and has started calling me mom. Lets hope that this is all the growing up he is going to do right now for a while. I was not ready for him changing what he called me which has really thrown me for a loop. We will have to just wait and see what more growing up he has in store for me in the near future.

Isn’t this bedding super cute too!!! I searched and searched for something with trains that was not super expensive and that was a whole bedding set. This we found at Target and he loves it.