Even though it's the same size as his crib (uses the same mattress) because it's shorter it makes his room SO much bigger. We moved his bookshelves around and now he has a huge area in the middle to play -- and play he does. I don't think we've left his room since Sunday night for more than a few minutes.
I took some pictures of him in his room yesterday because I wanted to try and remember how much he loves his room right now and how proud he is of all his stuff. Every night he'll take Marc by the hand and lead him upstairs to his room and show him his stuff as if Marc has never seen it before. He's so proud of it. At first I was going to wait until I had his room painted (when it gets warmer outside), or had his stuffed animals organized better (I hate the shelf of stuffed animals), or had his new bed comforter bought (I'm still deciding on one), or had new window treatments up (waiting on the decision on the bed stuff) but then I thought of a great post by Brooke that reminded us to live in the NOW and enjoy this time with our kids. So I took the pictures of his room as-is, and every time I look at them I see how happy he is and how he's in such a great, lovable phase right now at his young 18 months.
Funny story about those two blue blankets you see around him all the time. I'd always heard about babies and their "loveys" -- you know, the blanket or toy or random item they're super attached to and won't go anywhere without? Well, I was determined that Mason wouldn't have one of these items, so I bought him two cute, cuddly blankets when he was born and would switch them out from time to time - I thought so that he wouldn't get *too* attached to just one. Well, that backfired on me and he now has TWO loveys that go everywhere with him. He just drags each one along in each hand. Thankfully, he seems ok with the fact that I tell him the loveys have to stay at home and don't go in the car - so at least I'm not having to keep track of two blankets out in public!
I'd love to see pictures of everyone else's kids rooms ... or their houses ... or whatever they want to post pictures of that helps them remember the NOW. We're always complaining that we wish that spring would hurry up or that our upcoming trip would come faster or like Brooke said, just generally getting caught up in the frustrations of motherhood and the craziness of life and forgetting to enjoy our kids NOW, today.
You can see more pictures of his room in the set on Flickr. Also many of the photos have "notes" where I've labeled what specific things are, if you're interested.