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29/03/2013 at 20:43
I am highly emotional right now and it is all over an armchair
We have a huge very comfy armchair (known as the lemsip chair) which was part of a suite when I had my own house, when we replaced the suite H said he really wanted to keep the chair because it reminded him of when we first met (he isn't normally a sentimental person so this was a big deal). We had it recovered and it was in Zoe's nursery. It was brilliant for those nights when she wouldn't settle as I could curl up in it and dose so easily.
We then moved it in to her "big girl room" but it takes up so much space which could really be used for toy storage now she is starting to play in her own room. The plan was to move it in to Noodles room but we had hit an problem. We can't get it through the door. I am gutted, I mean truly properly sobbing until I made myself sick. I have £300 of furniture waiting to go in to Zoe's room which won't go in with the chair there; getting rid of it is a huge gut wrenching emotional blah ... I sat cuddling my first little baby in it, my mum made the covers for it, we have sat and had stories in it .... but it just isn't going to work and I am devastated.
I need to move on from them and work out what to have in Noodles' room. Do we go for another armchair, a smaller one that will go through the door way, but then will that be as comfy ? Will we find in 4 yrs time that Noodles' needs more toy storage and space to play in her room like Zoe does now ? And eek at the prices, I just had a look at Ikea and it would be £265. Other option is to buy a single bed to have in there, Noodles will eventually need a single bed so it would get used eventually but I'm not sure it will be as comfy to sit on with a crying baby. Also the issue that I am not convinced it will look right and will limit the furniture layouts. There isn't an issue with the size of the room, it's huge, but it is long and narrow which makes furniture placement difficult.
UPDATE: Thank you so much for listening to me rant last night. Well, i suggested swapping rooms to Zoe and she burst in to tears (not that unusual at the moment as she has been known to burst in to tears when I leave the room to go to the toilet). I was trying all sorts of things and then came up with the bribery route, and promised she could have a Cloudbaby Glow Baby that she's been asking for. She agreed. Furniture all swapped around, both rooms work much better now and we are just waiting for the decorator to get back to us with a date for when he can come and repaint the rooms. Of course I was scuppered in that none of the York shops had a pink Cloudbaby so have had to order on line which she isn't happy about. Early in the day I told her that I had spoken to the Cloudbabies and that one was going to come and sleep with her when she moved in to the new room (never thought we'd get it done in a day) but she looked at me and said "mummy, you know the Cloudbabies aren't real, you just go to the shops and buy one" ...
29/03/2013 at 20:48
Oh you sound so sad... Can you house it anywhere? We just bought I a comfy chair which is not too big and we thought it would grow with her.
29/03/2013 at 21:20
You poor thing....I completely understand the attachment to the chair.
We have a big recliner armchair in O's room that the back comes off to make it easier to move etc. If you'd have nowhere to house an armchair when toy space is needed in Noodle's room I'd opt for a bed instead....perhaps more of a day bed style so you.can make more sofa-like until needed as a bed IYSWIM? (my Mum has similar in her spare room with lots of cushions to make more comfy for sitting against) x
29/03/2013 at 21:57
Will the chair go through if you take the door off? I'm a bit confused as to how you got it into Zoe's room of it won't go through the door into Noodle's room?
Could you get the chair into your room and then have it for cuddles in your room?
I'd not want a single bed as it wouldn't be nearly as comfy for feeding (bottle or boob) or for cuddles with a baby. I'd try everything to get the chair into Noodle's room and if it doesn't work but another armchair with dark covers, buy one that has replaceable covers and also put a throw over it, this will protect the chair and you should be able to sell on in a few years.
Can the lemsip chair not go through a window maybe? Or be dismantled somehow? Our windows are double opening so if something didn't go through a door we could fit it through the window with some kind of winch?!
29/03/2013 at 22:05
The bedroom is on the 3rd floor, not a chance of getting it through a window either as they only open at the top ... would need a crane and removing a window. Wouldn't go in our room, it really is a huge chair. It won't go in to Noodle's room because as it goes in there is a solid wall whereas going in to Zoe's room there is a door in to another bedroom which means you can angle it differently. It is so frustrating. We've looked at dismantling it but there really is no way.
H has come up with a suggestion which is to swap the rooms so that Zoe moves in to what was meant to be Noodles' room. The lemsip chair stays in Zoe's old room which becomes Noodles bedroom. Of course we have just had both rooms painted and decorated and I am really not convinced Zoe will go for it but will raise it with her tomorrow I think. We would repaint Noodles room lilac for her and then would have to redo her room to go with all the nursery stuff I have bought, but that is still going to be cheaper than buying a new chair or bed and solves the emotional attachement ... we just have to convince Zoe.
29/03/2013 at 22:24
I was going to suggest changing the ownership round. How old is Zoe? Could she be convinced the other room is super special and only for big sisters? Good luck xx
29/03/2013 at 22:25
Kitty Kate, she's 4 but given we have only moved her in to her "big girl room" about 3 months ago I can't see her being easily convinced. Add to the fact that the other bedroom has just been decorated ready for Noodles she knows it isn't for big sisters.
29/03/2013 at 23:36
Could you make up a little story about a big sister fairy and tell her that the fairy has said that this room is more special and that it should be hers, maybe sprinkle some fairy dust around and make it exciting for her
30/03/2013 at 00:12
Cheapy Poang ikea chair is the most comfy thing ever. Get one of those for baby's room?
If you weren't all hormonal, do you think you'd be so emotionally attached to the chair?
30/03/2013 at 00:24
Rusty, I have never understood why people say those chairs are comfy, I hate them. This armchair can not be beaten on comfort, it is big enough for me to sleep in. As for if I would still be attached to it, yes, because it is the only time h had ever shown emotion about something so that in itself makes it pretty special.
Zoe, fairy dust etc isn't going to work. She doesn't really fall for things like that. We are just going to speak to her tomorrow, explain why and that it can b be painted exactly the same as her other room or she can pick a different colour if she wants. I hope she goes for it.
30/03/2013 at 02:39
If the room swap doesn't work (fingers crossed Zoe goes for it!) I would go for a recliner chair in the nursery- we have a lazy boy, it has a horrible old lad type pattern covers but is the most comfortable thing and the recline settings are remote control so you can get it jut right- could be an option instead o a bed, you can sleep in them quite easily.
30/03/2013 at 10:28
I hope the chat with Zoe goes well,good luck, let us know how it goes.
30/03/2013 at 20:28
Just bouncing with an update
30/03/2013 at 20:45
Sounds like you handled it perfectly and how lovely that it worked out even better that way round. Now I am away to google a cloudbaby glow baby....
30/03/2013 at 20:47
That child is too bloomin clever for her own good!! Glad you got a good result.
30/03/2013 at 20:55
Don't I know it VE. The things she comes out with just seem too old for her IYSWIM.
30/03/2013 at 20:56
I have a little ~Zoe in training and she is only 21 months old, we are doomed too!!!
30/03/2013 at 22:40
Bribery = happy child which = happy mummy. Nice one Jelly. Hope you can rest a bit easier tonight xxx
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