November 14, 2013

A Shared Space?

Source: Apartment Therapy
Livvy has not been sleeping through the night. This has been going on for more than a month now. Sometimes the reason is clear--her diaper has failed her, and she's cold and wet and very, very mad about it. Other times, I have not a clue why she is up and wailing her guts out. I bring that up because when this time is over, when my baby is a good, sound sleeper again, and perhaps at the same time that we move her to a big girl bed, we also want to move her into a room with her older sister. Tessa loves this idea. I'm sure they won't always love it, and when they're pre-teens (!!?!) we'll be happy to separate them again, but in the meantime we'd like to get everyone on one floor of the house, and we'd like to reclaim our guest bedroom. (And--obviously--I am always looking for new rooms/spaces to decorate.)

Source: LayBabyLay

I write this little post not just as an icebreaker--as I've been away from my blog for quite a while now--and not just for an excuse to put up some of my favorite shared space inspiration photos, but because I want to ask your advice about shared rooms. Are they better on paper? Will my little girls wake each other up every time one has to potty or upset one another when one shouts "mommy!" frantically in the middle of the night? Of course, I have visions of them whispering and giggling together, of shared bedtime stories and, sometimes, shared beds. But: Would we be crazy to put them in the same room?


  1. well, your inspirations are gorgeous and you always do a fab job. i have no experience in this since i only have Lily but i think if Livvy is still waking through the night, i would wait. xo

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    1. Sorry didn't finish my thought...
      My son and daughter shared a room from the time we moved my daughter from the crib until a couple of years ago when they both hit the pre-teen years, (they are 14 and 12 now). Sometimes it was out of necessity, but for the most part it was because neither one liked to sleep in a room alone. For the most part it worked out awesome. I did, however, wake up on more than one occasion, in the middle of the night to find them cracking up and playing around. My sister and I grew up having our own rooms and more times than not we would end up sleeping in the same bed. Then in high school we moved and had to share a room...let's just say it ended in tears and ripped NKOTB posters! I say go for it! Like you said, you can always split them up later but when they are little I think it will work out pretty dang good. :)

  3. Ellen, I shared a room with my baby sister (just 18 months younger than me) until I was a freshman in highschool. I still treasure the giggly nights with just the two of us in our own little world. We shared so many secrets and magical moments in that shared space.

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