Sunday, November 9, 2008

The End Of An Era

All good things must come to an end. Good things, like having Marlie in a bed that she can't climb out of. She'll be 3 in a couple of months and we felt it was time to say goodbye to her babyhood and finally get her a big girl bed.

This is the "Before" picture...


And the "After" picture...

The irony of course is that I originally vowed to never let Marlie own a doll or decoration that didn't match her beautiful brown skin, and vowed to keep her away from those Disney Princesses since they didn't have one that matched her. That was before she decided she was obsessed with The Little Mermaid. We held out as long as we could, but the girl wouldn't waver on her Ariel obsession and we finally gave in. At least she didn't pick one of the blond princesses. Oh, I tried hard to keep my kids away from Disney altogether. They had never even been in a Disney store until they released the Pirates of the Caribbean merchandise. And I could no longer keep my pirate obsessed boy away. But we tried to stay on the boy side of the Disney store. My too-smart-for-her-own-good daughter still noticed those gosh darn princesses across the way and decided she loved Ariel and had to have every Ariel themed toy and decoration. And we eventually gave in. Maybe I can get her to fall in love with Princess Tiana instead, when they add her to the Disney Princess line.

So what did we do with her old crib? That's an excellent question. I'm glad you asked. We did what we always do when we have an item we don't want...

We don't live on a high traffic street, but it doesn't seem to make a difference. Furniture, old washer & dryer, old shoes... doesn't matter. They're all gone within 24 hours. So how long did it take for someone to snag this (very heavy) crib? Less than three hours. Three people came on foot and rolled it away, down the sidewalk, tipped up on a dolly. That was an entertaining sight. This method is a very convenient way to get rid of something bulky and heavy that you don't need anymore.

On a side note, every few years we rent a dumpster and clear out the junk in our garage. We can always get rid of two-three dumpsters full of junk because every night the junk fairies come and take what they want out of your dumpster. It's a win-win because we can get rid of a ton of stuff and only have to rent one dumpster for a few days.

Back to the big girl bed... this is the bed that will serve Marlie into adulthood. The cork panels behind the glass doors are for her to personalize with pictures and decorations. The trundle is for future sleepovers with her princess-loving friends.

But the biggest thing that hit me... our last baby is no longer a baby. And I'm a little bit sad about that.

But not sad enough to add another baby to the family.

38 comments:

  1. I LOVE the pictures on her wall... so fun and I love her new bed! I wish I lived in America for FREE things... or for thrift stores... oh how cool would that be! Wow.

    Hope you sleep tonight!!!!

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  2. Her new bed is beautiful! I had a trundle bed until I was in high school and I loved it!

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  3. Have you noticed the Disney character she chose to adore has red hair, like her mama? :)

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  4. oh that's always a sad day..leaving behind the crib and moving up to big girl bed. man, i wish i lived on your street, i would STALK you on dumpster day..:)we need a crib!
    that is quite sweet, that her fave princess does have red hair.

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  5. I like Marlie's new bed it's really "big girl". She's going to enjoy it for a long time. I don't think there's not a little girl in America who hasn't liked Little Mermaid...she's a Mega Fairy and a tough one to beat.

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  6. It's adorable. I LOVE the new bed:) It's hard watching them grow up. Emily is 8 now, and it seems like she was just a toddler yesterday. But there is so much fun ahead of you that it's worth it:)

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  7. I love your website design and your blog! It's awesome!

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  8. Little Marlie! Not so little anymore! I am obsessed with trundle beds. Where did you get that one? I love it.

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  9. Aww, love her big girl bed. That's a big milestone. We'll be moving Noah into a big boy bed sometime next year. I'll be sad when we do that.

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  10. I think she likes her cause her hair is like Mommy's! lol

    Robbin

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  11. Always a sad day when they outgrow the crib! Love the new bed though.

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  12. Marlie's new bed is beautiful. Is she thrilled about her big girl bed & sheets? I bet she is!I hope this day is a long way away for us!! We ended up getting a crib that will convert to a toddler bed, just in case she is ready to be a big girl sooner that I am.. :-)

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  13. First, I love the new bed. Second, I am so jealous that you managed to keep your baby in a crib for more than a year longer than me. Oh, yeah- Jonah was done with his crib when he was 1. I couldn't keep him in it any longer!
    Third- don't sweat the skin color. She lives in a mismatched family, in a mismatched world. Marlie will grow to love herself based more on your love for her and your confidence in your self than from any externals.

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  14. Woohoo! She's a big girl now. I'm surprised you could keep her in that crib for this long.

    Awesome new bed. And I agree, she probably loves Ariel because she loves YOU, the redheaded mama :)

    As for putting stuff on the curb, I cringe. I have a great way to give that stuff away and you get to choose the person. I'm writing you separately to give you your local group, but for the rest of you awesome bloggers go to http://www.freecycle.org

    It's all about keeping usable stuff out of landfills and building community. I'm hooked, I moderate three local groups.

    Wendy

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  15. Good for you for being able to part with things you won't use anymore. I am so jealous because I'm a die-hard pack rat.

    I love her new bed too! I have a two year old (well, he'll be 2 one week from today *sniff, sniff*) and I'm hoping he'll stay in his crib as long as yours did. He's becoming too clever and he's getting close to figuring out he can just climb over the rail when he wants. Hasn't happened yet but he's getting there.

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  16. Love that bed! You must tell me where you got it - I want one like that for Elsa when she is big enough...

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  17. It can be so hard when they start moving from being a baby to a toddler and so on. The bed is beautiful though!

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  18. Oh, I love her bed! The panels are great ... it looks like they open to hideaways for treasures, too? So sorry your baby isn't a baby anymore. If it makes you feel any better, Little Miss was DONE with her crib at 19 months. *sigh*

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  19. Oh sadness. How can she be big enough for a big girl bed??? I miss my boys' babyness already.

    They grow so stinkin' fast.

    That said. Cute and generous. Cute bed. Generous random act of kindness. ;)

    Today's blog post is for you, babe!

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  20. Oh yes. The transition to "big girlhood" - out with the baby bed and in with the big girl bed.

    We ended up doing this with my LAST baby back in July. I wanted to keep him in the crib for as long as possible. He was the first one that wasn't going to have to be shooed out because another one was on the way! Well, he wasn't having any of that. Nope! He started climbing out and I couldn't break him of it. So, at 23 months he moved into the "bunk house" with the rest of the crew.

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  21. I love the new bed and what a sweetie you are put your old one on the curb!

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  22. I was going to mention how precious it was that she chose redheaded Ariel, too, but I think everyone can immediately see how much she adores you. So sweet! Love the bed, love the bedding (I know I'm not in love with the princess thing, either.) And, I must say how amazed I am that she stayed in a crib so long! WOW, all of mine were done by 2! Good for you!

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  23. I agree with Beth, so nice of you to put the old one on the curb instead of selling it. You are such a generous person Julie. I really admire that about you. Love the new bed. And I agree with some of the other posters - I think she likes Ariel b/c her hair is like mommy's.

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  24. Cute crib!

    HOW IN THE WORLD DID YOU GET A PURPLE HOUSE!!??

    That is awesome! hehehe

    Thanks for stopping by.

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  25. Hi Julie, It is so hard seeingyou rlittle ones grow up but it is also a good thing. Marlie is like al little girls who are infatuated with being a princess. Funny she picked a redhead like her momma. How sweet! Love the trundle underneath. They are so handy for sleepovers. I use Craigs List to sell items we no longer need. It takes maybe a day to see them go bye bye and we get a little spending money. It is free and well known. Check it out. If I don't want to be bothered, like you our stuff disappears amazingly fast. It's recycling either way.
    ;D Tammy

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  26. I think her room looks beautiful now...and before. Job well done.

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  27. Love the new bed. And Ariel. And free! We have a nasty HOA and putting things on the curb like that would just not fly. Which really sucks because we have to have private garbage pickup - and they won't take anything unless it's bagged and in the trash can.

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  28. Love the big girl bed.

    I felt sad, too, when we got rid of all the baby stuff... knowing we wouldn't need it again.

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  29. Such a touching story Julie...it is a bit sad when the last one (or in my case...the only one, lol) grows out of that crib and on to the "big girl" bed. Ahhhhh...what memories.
    Loved that fact that you put it on the street for someone else to take and make memories of their own in...such a nice gesture.
    And her room and new bed is adorable...many happy times to come. :)

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  30. That is going to be so sad when my last baby here goes to a big girl bed. Hope it's not too soon:(

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  31. love this big girl bed... where did you find it? and so wish i could just put things out in front of my house... but in the NW the rain makes that impossible...

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  32. What a lovely bed! Congratulations on this important transition...I totally understand your feelings, though. Every time our youngest son hits a given milestone, I feel a lump rise in my throat as I realize, yet again, that this is the last time we'll experience this as a family.

    It's hard, but it's a great opportunity for us to realize how blessed we are. Nice to read someone who gets it as well as you do!

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  33. Her room is so awesome!! I love the little mermaid too, so I Can't blame her a bit.

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  34. Oh, but I can do a mean Ariel impersonation. If given enough Land Shark. And lime.

    One day Disney will have a "brown-skinned" princess, as Libbey says. I'm loving the cutie pie in the Tinkerbell movie.

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  35. I love her bed! Just goes to show that we cannot shape our kids and their personalities, no matter how hard we try, huh? :o)

    I'm kinda hoping that once I convince hubby on baby number three, I won't feel like adding another. Kinda starting to scare myself over here!

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  36. If you had wanted another baby, now wouldn't really be the time to kick the crib the curb, now would it?

    I've never really thought about the overwhelming white-ness of the Disney princesses. Probably because Disney didn't market them all together when I was growing up!

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  37. That bed is so cute. I have 2 little boys and I try so hard to resist buying them things that are plastered with Disney themes or themes fullstop.
    You can not even buy t-shirts or pyjamas that are plain any more.
    Unfortunately like your mine have discovered "Cars" go Lighting McQueen, they are obsessed. I need to buy them new bedside lamps and I think they will end up being Car ones because I can find nothing else!
    Just found your blog and love your plain and simple honest openess. have put you in my favorites and will check back regularly.

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