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Ooops! & My Baby has a BIG Boy Bed


I’ve got a few too many irons in my fire. This effects my ability to connect brainwaves and list t-shirts & sweatshirts properly in the shop. Yesterday morning I ran to the bank, then I ran home {not literally, I don’t run}… and then I looked at the computer and realized you rovers took full advantage of the blue light special {thank you!}… and then I realized I didn’t have the shipping calculator set properly. I tried to look through and sort it all out, which I did eventually get it sorted out, after they all had sold. In a nutshell, if you ordered 1 {or a bunch} sweatshirts it only charged $4.90. To ship 2 to 3 sweatshirts it will cost considerably more than that. I’m going to go ahead take that one for the team… and hope maybe that you all will be repeat customers!? The time it would take to invoice you for the actual cost the listing said it would charge and get it all sorted out would cause me great strife. So it is what it is and I’m getting all too good at learning lessons the hard way. That wasn’t the only snag, I also OVER CHARGED for shipping on some of the t-shirts. I will not, however, be keeping that money to cover the cost of under charging on the sweat shirt listings… but don’t give me too much credit… I thought about it briefly! 🙂 Those of you who were over-charged for shipping will be receiving a refund for exorbitant shipping charges today.

Similar to how I didn’t literally “run” to the bank, my flowers from yesterday’s post don’t literally last “FOREVER”, I didn’t even know I had written that until I started getting comments asking where I found my pretty fake flowers. “Forever” in my book {as far as flowers go} is about 2 weeks. These are from the local Winn Dixie and because they’re mums {spider mums, I think} they have a much longer life! I need to watch my exaggerations, I kept thinking, “why do these rovers think my flowers are fake?” and obviously, it’s because I implied they were!

Also, this is random, but Cam Newton is going to NFL, and now the NFL has a new fan! I know what I’ll be doing on Sunday and Monday nights next year, while my husband sofa jumps.


Can we have a moment of silence…

my baby is in a big boy bed.

In exchange for a stack of tee shirts, my friend Marla gave me this beautiful bed {originally from KMart, which is also where I found the girls beds… I do love a blue light special}. Marla spray painted it gray; I love the color and think it works perfect in his room! I certainly got the better end of that deal! I’m also thankful that she has it set up with two headboards, because of the configuration of his room, I plan to eventually place against the wall and use it as a daybed so it was a double score that she had 2 headboards!


It is currently in front of the windows because I can’t bring myself to take down the crib yet, I’ve had a crib in my house for 6 years and 3 months, we’ll need another moment of silence when it comes down.


I found all of his bedding in our linen closet. I love it when that happens! The popcorn chenille throw was an estate sale find from our neighbor’s house a few years ago. The quilt was a $10 {or maybe $15} antique store find, it seems to be made of mens button down shirts. The big golden retriever is from IKEA.


I’ve yet {at this stage of motherhood} to find a side rail that looks cute. I’m sure they’re out there but for now it’s your typical white mesh… which really works fine, just wish it went with my motif. 🙂


I found shades for my Humpty Dumpty lamps at Target and a low wattage light bulb gives just enough light at night to read about “moo moo’s and nay nay’s”.


The very best part of all… he stays in his bed for naps and bedtime!! Way to go little BIG BOY!


Stay warm this weekend and enjoy time with your family… and as always, thanks for being the great rovers that you are!

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  • Emily@remodelingthislife
    January 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    I recognized that IKEA puppy immediately. My daughter has it as does her best friend and they both named it Fluffy.

    I am sure you care 🙂

    what a big boy!!

    welcome to being an NFL fan!

  • E @ Oh! Apostrophe
    January 14, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Yay for big boy beds! He looks pretty excited about it. Have a great weekend, Darby 🙂

  • Stacy of KSW
    January 14, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Loving that gray spindly bed & the men’s shirt quilt, never would have thought of that. Big Kudos to little man for staying in the bed & for taking naps … I miss those days 🙁

  • natalie @ our old southern house
    January 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    mary margaret started sleeping in her big girl bed last saturday night!! (her second birthday)
    i’m going to post pictures of hers soon.
    i love the bed–it reminds me of the bed we found in the basement of brogdon house from the 20s–so cool that you found yours from kmart (via marla).
    happy weekend!

  • Abby Maddox
    January 14, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I normally don’t like quilts…I stand corrected! I love the two simple, light patterns. I love that it looks like a little man. I want to cry about you taking down the crib. Don’t do it…you just never know :)!!! And I love that you pointed out that you don’t run 😉

  • Susan
    January 14, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Bless your heart! It surely is tough on us Moms when our babies no longer need their cribs. However, I love the “big boy bed” and bedding. Hope you have a wonderful weekend with all of your little rovers!

  • Liz
    January 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Rover is such a cutie, my son is about the same age so I definitely have a soft spot for this stage of childhood. Love the style and color of the bed.

  • rhonda
    January 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I seriously covet your quilt and chenille throw. Should you ever wish to part with them (I know, I know- not likely) Please, please- consider me first in line.

    Great job on the decorating, and no- there are no side rails that are cute. But before you know it he won’t need it, and you will bemoan the fact it won’t be there in all its ugly-ness. Cherish the moments.

  • leslie
    January 14, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    It is a huge accomplishment that Rover STAYS IN HIS BED. You will have to tell us all your secrets to making that happen!!!

    My husband and I watch football together b/c we started our own fantasy league. We loosely follow ESPN’s league rules and b/c they calculate points it is very little work. It makes football so much more fun when I am trying to TAKE. THE. HUSBAND. DOOOOOWWWWWN. There is always a prize of some kind at the end, which is nice, but it is really all about the bragging rights.

    Happy Friday!

  • Jessica
    January 14, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Your rover makes me want to have a little boy! He’s seriously the cutest thing. Sam NEVER ever comments on “cute kids”, but he saw me reading your blog the other day and commented on how cute JM is – ok, so I think he said, “that’s a cool looking boy” or something manly like that. I love love love his humpty dumpty lamp, his jenny lind bed (Adriana has the land of nod one), his curtains, his bedding…I hate it when I make mistakes with shipping (happens a lot)! Hope you have a nice relaxing weekend, Darby!

  • Opalm
    January 14, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    3 things came to mind as I read your post:

    1) I think you need more help with the business. Maybe just a day or two might do the trick.

    2) I agree the spider mums do seem to outlast the other flowers not sure why though.

    3) I feel your moment of silence. When we finally packed away the crib for the last time my husband started carrying it to the garage to take to Goodwill. I said, “WHOA buddy we WILL have grandchildren someday that crib stays.” His reply went something like it will rot till then or won’t be considered safe by the time our children have children. I’m not sure where the years have gone but I recently laid eyes on that crib which is still in storage and I just know it’s gonna come back out and painted for a gradbaby any year now.

    Life has a way of flashing by, don’t worry that crib will be coming back out before you know it.

  • kat
    January 14, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Oh Darby, this post tugged at my heartstrings. It is always bittersweet when they move to their big beds isn’t it? My girls are in their Grandfather’s Ethan Allen bunkbeds that we had refinished. They are about sixty years old and look amazing. Love Rover’s bed. It looks exactly like my old bed at my parents’ house that used to be my dad’s when he was a little boy.

  • Debbie
    January 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    I <3 IKEA.

    Zeke has a huge hippo from there and a bunch of smaller stuffed animals including a beagle puppy he sleeps with.

    I love that quilt.

  • Shannon
    January 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Wow – a big boy bed. That’s quite the moment, I bet! I am sure the transition will go smoothly (for you, not Rover), and there will be plenty of moments to come where he’ll still feel like your little boy and will need his momma.

  • Rebecca
    January 14, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    My cousin started this company when she designed this bed “rail” for her kiddos. Check it out!


    Your rovers are beautiful and I totally cheered Auburn on because of you.

  • Amy
    January 14, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Since I share in your sentiments of Cam leaving, my first reaction to the puppy picture was that you would be staring at the tv like a lost puppy. Then, I realized you were having a moment of silence for Rover! Silly me.

  • AJ
    January 14, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I observed your moment of silence. I’m going to need one of my own in a few months. So, so very bittersweet.

    Love the bed, the colors, and the quilts. Extra love that you had everything already.

  • Kathy
    January 14, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Your rover is adorable! The new big boy bed is beautiful. The readily available linens look great. love it all.

  • Ashley
    January 14, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    bahhh don’t you hate it when you do stuff like your shipping dilemna?! 🙂 i swear with each child my brain dies just a little bit more *sigh*
    LOVE the new bed!

  • Sarah
    January 14, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    We’ve got to make that crib/bed transition with our baby soon too:( Cannot talk about it. I thought the third would just stay a baby forever.

  • Rebecca M
    January 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Love your blog and always enjoy your posts. My little girl recently transitioned to her big girl bed and it does melt your heart a bit. We still need to work on getting her “passy free”. I know you had success with JM. Would you mind giving me the details on how you did it? Have a great weekend!

  • Stephanie
    January 14, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    i’ve loved watching your little rover grow – and suggest to you that perhaps you could have another little rover that would sleep in the empty crib? that way you wouldn’t have to take it down, and we would get to enjoy another one of your sweet children. what do you think??

  • Amanda @ Serenity Now
    January 14, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    A big kid bed is a big adjustment for some kids. Kudos to Rover for doing so well!!! 🙂 We got bunk beds for our girls and moved them into the same room in September. It was an interesting night or two (especially since they’d always been so good about staying in bed), but they’re doing well now. Love his bed!!!

  • Melissa
    January 14, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Love his big boy bed and his moppy hair do. Precious.

  • Stephanie Sullivan
    January 14, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Hi Darby! I’m Stephanie. I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of years…but just haven’t spoken up until now. I always look forward to your posts. Anyway, just wanted to let you know that I completely agree with the other reader that these bed bumpers are the best:
    I bought mine off of ebay a couple of years ago. They go under the fitted sheet so you don’t see them (just the shape of them). I used them with my daughter and son and will use them with baby #3 that we just found out about 🙂

  • Brantley
    January 14, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    When my oldest son moved to a big boy bed, we bought a rail that folds out (away from the bed) and slides under the mattress. It is nice to “hide” it when the room is all clean. It’s so hard to make the bed up nice with a rail! I bought it from One Step Ahead. Adios, Cam! This South Carolina girl is hoping for some payback next year! 🙂

  • HannahJ
    January 14, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    I am lovin’ that gray bed! So classic yet stylish! and it will be lovely as a daybed later on! Lil’ man is too cute!- and what a big boy staying in his bed at naps and all night! I am very hesitant to venture moving our little guy out of the crib until we have the dresser and bookcases bolted to the walls!

  • Julia Wood
    January 14, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Try https://www.gobedbug.com/ They’re great!

  • Melissa
    January 14, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    1) Your post reminded me of another post on A Holy Experience from last winter. I was able to find it in my google reader, but it’s gone from her website (maybe because it’s in her new book?) Anyway, I just sent you an email with the text from the post. It’s about putting away the crib for good…and it will make you want 6 more babies.

    2) My friend uses a pool noodle under her kids’ fitted sheets instead of a bedrail. You don’t even notice it, really, and I don’t think her kids have ever fallen out. We use rails, but I’m seriously considering a switch. It’s such a pain to make the bed with those things!

    3) I love John Martin’s quilt – it’s perfectly puckered and worn-looking. My favorite! I scour antique stores for quilts, but the ones I usually find are more than $100…I think they’re totally worth that price (I’ve made one before, and I wouldn’t sell it for any amount!) but it would be nice to find such a great steal!

  • Dianne
    January 14, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    I may have to jump through this screen and eat him up. Adorable!

  • kat hertzler
    January 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    The bed looks great! And love that Humpty Dumpty lamp. Have a great weekend:)

  • Amy
    January 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Oh, I felt the same way this past spring when my “baby” girl went into her big girl bed. We took the crib down the same day because my uber sensitive hubby said, “It’s better to wrip a babd-aid off fast that pull it off slow!” LOL now, but shed big tears at the time. If you decide to keep those bed rails, maybe you could sew some sort of bed rail cozy for them to go with the room’s decor. Just a thought! Love the bed and bedding! Super cute and Super “BIG Boy.” Have a great weekend!

  • Amy
    January 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Oops such bad spelling. Need to edit next time. meant to say “rip” instead of “wrip” and “band-aid” instead of “babd-aid.” Where’s spell check when you need it! 🙂

  • Joy
    January 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Awww… do you really think you’re done with cribs? Your kids are so cute though!

  • kayce hughes
    January 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I can totally relate to the shipping issue. One time we offered free shipping and didn’t turn it off for overnight shipping. Lost money on that one.
    Love the bed.

  • Eileen
    January 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    I just love that last picture. It makes me smile 🙂

  • karen brown
    January 14, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    ooh…swooning over the drapes! any chance you remember where that fabric is from? also, do you have an inexpensive resource for the white wood blinds with the white ladder tapes? they look so classic?

    love the grey and blue together. what a beautiful big, boy room!

  • Libby
    January 14, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Ok,the big boy bed post was enough to make me finally comment. First, your Rover is simply darling {as a mama of three boys I know cuties}. Second, the bed style that you chose was exactly what I have wanted to do as we are about to embark on a major big boy bed and bedroom shuffle around our house. I was thinking of painting the those exact beds navy, but the grey is also tempting…quick question, I get that the bed is from K-mart and I’m not looking for an heirloom piece but does it seem like its going to last for at least a good 5-10 years?

    Love your blog, your tees – the pointing dog tee is my oldest son’s favorite shirt {can’t wait until the sweatshirts are back in stock} – and your sense of humor!


  • whitney
    January 14, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    such a fun big boy room! i love the bedding. i made your honey wheat bread for the 4th time today – so delicious. thanks for always being so encouraging. and congrats on the Auburn win!

  • Melissa (melissab74)
    January 14, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Congrats to Rover on his big boy bed! Congrats to mom & dad that he stays in it all night! Those Humpty Dumpty lamps are just precious!

  • farah hausser
    January 14, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I love reading your blog….makes my day.

  • Andrea Naville
    January 14, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Make a ‘slip-cover’ for your bed-rails! I did (well, ‘i’ didn’t, but I had my friend do it:-)) I love them now!

  • Kristin
    January 14, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Your BLOG is AWESOME!!!! I have all of my friends hooked!!!!!! I am also the proud owner of some really cute honey bee tee’s for my little boy. We love’em!!!

  • mommasis
    January 14, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    love you Ro-Ro!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so proud of you!!!!

  • Christen
    January 14, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    His room looks great, and way to go for sleeping in while napping. That is always the hard part. I got a great catalog in the mail yesterday, and your sweet kids were in it! Blessed be the Name! They are so precious!!

  • Julie
    January 14, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    That’s a Walmart bed? NO WAY! It’s adorable!!!!

  • Megs
    January 15, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Darby, I LOVE LOVE LOVE that quilt!! Oh, it is so perfect, especially paired with the grey Jenny Lind bed.
    Do you have any pictures of the quilt in full? I’m dying to see the whole thing. I don’t know how to quilt but I’m thinking I might need to learn just so i can make this quilt! I just ADORE it.

  • Marie
    January 15, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I love the bedding & how cute is that humpty lamp – so cute!!

  • Jessica
    January 15, 2011 at 9:09 am

    What about those awesome curtains? What is that fabric? Nicely done, as always

  • Jennifer
    January 15, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Darby, My Mallie is just a month older than Rover and she too has been in a BIG girl bed for about 3 weeks. It is heartbreaking isn’t it. Now if potty traing will be as easy as this transition! 🙂

  • Mrs. B.
    January 15, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I just can’t get over how beautiful your little guy is. He is just edible – in a totally un-creepy way. 😉
    I took advantage of the blue light special. Yay! Can’t wait to get my boys matching sweatshirts in the mail.
    Smiles from ear to ear. 🙂

  • Erica
    January 15, 2011 at 10:18 am

    That bed is so beautiful! I love the grey and the blue together. That quilt is amazing! What a great find! I am making a quilt for my son out of upcycled men’s dress shirts. Have a great weekend!

  • Laura
    January 15, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Hi Darby:
    Have you considered making a slipcover for the side rail? You could make one out of some great fabric, and use velcro at the bottom so it could be removed for cleaning.

  • Katie
    January 15, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Rover’s bed looks so sweet, esp. the quilt. I love sleeping under quilts. Precious Rover, I can just see him in his big boy bed, bless his heart. I think y’all should just keep the crib up and pop out a few more puppies. Y’all make the cutest, sweetest babies in the world…seriously, Darby, just do it for humanity’s sake. ha! Have a great rest of the weekend!

  • dani
    January 15, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Looks great!Love the gray color. I cried when we took down the crib it was up for almost 8 years!

  • Melise
    January 16, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Ok, let me make you feel a LOT better….ready? I once made a few mistakes with the beach business that cost us THOUSANDS of dollars and I had to eat it (when i say I I of course me the business….I dont actually have thousands of dollars lying around haha). It happens! Don’t fret, it’s learning experiences. You’ll find that most everyone is really agreeable and nice about it.

    And the big boy bed almost makes me cry. *moment of silence* For some reason I never thought that there may actually come a day when I’ll take the crib down forever….sniff sniff…..oh my heart.

    I had the same problem with the bed rail not exactly ‘going’ with the room so I had my handy hubby come up with an attractive wooden one that I LOVE…..I’ll email you a picture, I bet hubby could make it for you.

    War Eagle!!!

  • Darlene
    January 16, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    a moment of silence, indeed.
    sigh. it goes too fast.

  • Venus
    January 16, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    I came across your blog a while ago and it has lead me to so many new things. Thanks for that! I have never posted, so I feel silly reading without commenting. Your writing has made me laugh and cry! My favorite part is when you show all the perfect imperfections in your life. I am no longer a nameless reader!! Yeah!

  • Emily
    January 17, 2011 at 9:24 am

    The first thing I noticed about the top picture is him holding his yogurt and spoon with his messy hair and jammies. . . little boys are so sweet.

  • emily
    January 17, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Hi Darby!
    I rarely comment but love your blog. I saw this (https://shop.tambino.com/Bedrails_c2.htm) today on another blog and I had to mention it to you. I know they’re pricey and a silly expense for your littlest one, but really cute regardless!

  • Jennifer Manley
    January 17, 2011 at 11:49 am

    INSTEAD of white side rails we used POOL NOODLES and stuck them under the matress pad to get them to stay. it was just enough of a bump to keep our little one in her bed. and so much easier to make the bed and easy on the eyes. 🙂

  • Erica
    January 17, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I was going to say the same thing about the pool noodles! My sister-in-law swears by them! My niece has never fallen out of the bed.

  • Melanie
    January 17, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    I am not an Auburn fan (a FSU Seminole here) but I know that y’all are going to miss Cam. I love football and it is a good thing since I love with a hubby and a son. You will learn to love it too, I promise!

  • Bette
    January 18, 2011 at 8:20 am

    I feel your pain about the crib. Ours was up for 7.5 years. My baby is now 25….and my sister in law has the crib. I’ll get it back for grandkids (its Jenny Lind style) but will have to make some alterations, since it is a drop side, which I hear is a no no now. Enjoy EVERY minute and stage of motherhood…it FLIES by!

  • Danielle
    January 18, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Yes! Would love to know about those awesome curtains too!!!

  • Angela
    January 19, 2011 at 11:34 am

    You don’t know me…but I feel as if I know you as do one of my hostesses for BBTN ( I’m a rep in Mississippi) I have the photo shoot sample of the new sweet Paxton top in my trunk this week and my hostess was studying the monogram on it and she said this must be John Martin’s initials…You think it will go to him after all this is over? It took me a minute and then I said oh I wonder! Then a girl asked what in the world we were referring to, and we both proceeded to tell her all about you and your beautiful family! We like to think we know you 🙂 Thought I would share… Angela Fratesi

  • Christy
    January 28, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I would love to know where you got the fabric for the curtains. It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for for my little guy’s room.

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