(this story is also on Flickr but I thought I'd add it here too! You can go to my flickr stream so see a gazillion notes about all the things in the room)
When I found out that I was pregnant with Brie, we had to make a choice. Either we would keep Thaya in her room and turn it into a "toddler" room and turn our guest (cough junk cough) room into a nursery, or we would turn our guest (cough junk cough) room into a toddler room and leave Thaya's room as-is for the new baby.
We decided to go with the second. We thought it would be easier to just put Thaya in an "older" room. Well, some of you may remember the drama of the "bird" room. It is, by far, the coolest room in our house, but Thaya would have nothing to do with it. She outright refused to sleep in it. We did some rearranging and the "bird" room because Aubrie's space.
Fast forward 18 months to yesterday afternoon. We made a (somewhat last minute) decision to move Brie in with Thaya. A number of things fueled this decision. 1) we all know the longer you wait to transition a child in any way, the harder it is. 2) someday we're gonna have another kid and we're going to need that room. 3) Thaya has developed a strong fear of monsters and ghosts.
Monsters and ghosts?
Yup. I have no idea from where. I closely monitor everything that she watches on TV. The books we read are happy books about turtles, happy families, and love. Sure, we listen to Alt Nation from time to time but the only "damaging" thing she is going to hear there are some colorful words that will embarrass me if repeated in public.
So, here she is, creeping up on three years old and scared. SO scared that she refuses to go to sleep unless the light is on (which is crazy because we have a dimmer on the light and it is NEVER actually DARK in that room). And her fears? Incredibly in depth. She has a whole story about where the monster comes into her room, when it comes into her room, and what it looks like.
What am I supposed to think?
So, I decided that there is nothing like another warm body to make her feel safe.
I thought it would work out great. Brie can't get enough of her big sister and loves being around people. But, alas, even Brie knowns the awesomeness that is the "bird" room and doesn't want to give it up. I don't blame her.
So, I've done my best to make this room as cool as possible and have filled the "bird" room with all of our holiday decorations and other misc things to make it seem less appealing.
Oh well, we'll see how it goes :)