See, a lot of questions.
Let's just get to the nitty gritty, I'm terrified to get rid of the crib. I really, really love having Eli sleep in a crib - I mean, here are the pros: He's contained, doesn't try to climb out of it (yet), will give me about a 1/2 hour of crib time in the morning in it, still fits in it comfortably even though he's pretty tall for his age, and the biggest and most important reason? He sleeps like a rock star in it (most nights) and still gives me 2-3 hour naps in the afternoon in it.
The cons? Saving money by not having to purchase a second crib, and potentially getting to keep the guest room if he can learn to sleep in a queen bed.
As far as separating them into two rooms, for all of the pros I listed above, both Mike and I felt strongly that they were separated. We hope to have Colette sleeping in her nursery around five weeks like we did with Eli, and again, we value our own sleep so much that we'll do anything to try to give them both the best "sleep oasis" possible to encourage lots of it.
Originally I was planning on just adding the new crib to the guest room and having Eli sleep in there - he doesn't need a changing table or glider or anything any more, so we thought that'd be easiest - but as it turned out, it was physically impossible to fit both a crib and a queen bed in the guest room. Well, you could do it, but you wouldn't be able to open the closet door, or, in another arrangement, you'd have to vault the crib to get into bed every night ... not ideal. Or really physically possible. So the guest bed went on-loan to a family member, and the entire room went to full-on toddler.
While I was so, so sad to see Eli's nursery go since I worked so hard on it, it's been super fun to work on two new kiddo rooms! Over the next few posts I'll be sharing both their rooms. I was on a massive budget while decorating them, and really the mantra was "reuse, reuse, reuse - or make for free," so while there are lots of things I would have liked to do, I had to reign my dreams in, which was actually a really good decorating challenge for me. I'm excited to show you all how both rooms turned out!
I'm curious to hear what those of you who have two plus kiddos did when another arrived. When will you/did you transition your child from crib to bed? How did it turn out? What impacted your decision?